Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sick x 3

In the space of a few short years cartoonist/writer Jules Feiffer went from assistant to The Spirit's Will Eisner to one of the hippest cartoonists in the country. It happened in New York's THE VILLAGE VOICE, where his witty cartoon panel, "Feiffer", appeared. His collection, SICK, SICK, SICK, was a bestseller 50 years ago. Feiffer went on to a career writing plays, best selling books, and graphic novels. These examples of his observations on men, women and American society of the 1950s are what sent his career into those stratospheric heights.

From SICK, SICK, SICK, First Edition, ©1956, 1957, 1958 by Jules Feiffer.

Monday, September 29, 2008

More Jack Davis on record

More great Jack Davis album covers, scanned from the collection of David Miller. Thanks again, Dave. We all want to see if you have any more to share with us!

The first set of ten covers can be found here.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sex, sexy, sexist

More sexy, sexist and sexual harassment-in-the-workplace cartoons from CARTOON HUMOR, Winter 1948.

For more from the same issue see here.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Marry me or pay the mortgage!

A nice collection of rare theater posters from AMERICAN HERITAGE MAGAZINE December 1963. These illustrate what are commonly known today as "melodramas," produced nowadays for laughs, but very popular in the time just before and after the turn of the 20th Century.

The plays were full of special effects, including stunts and hairbreadth escapes. Many of the stage props used to produce these plays are ingenious even by today's standards. They were the precursors to the action movies that came later, and gave their audiences lots of thrills for the price of admission.

The two women who have their own posters, Julia Arthur and Sylvia Thorne, were popular actresses and considered great beauties in their time.

©1963 American Heritage Publishing Company, Inc.