Friday, August 24, 2018

Russ Heath: In Memoriam, Part One (Il Showdown a Rio Jawbone) (Gunsmoke)

In memorial for the recently departed Russ Heath, I'm posting a copy of a panel of Russ's from one of my favorite art jobs by him, entitled “Il Showdown A Rio Jawbone”, published in National Lampoon Presents: The Very Large Book of Comical Funnies (1975). It was a parody of Spaghetti Westerns and European Graphic Novels. I made this copy as my entry into the Russ Heath Tribute booklet, published by C.A.P.S. in conjunction with the Annual C.A.P.S. banquet (for whichever year that was) honoring Russ Heath.
Russ has been one of my favorite artists since High School. I really dug his stories in National Lampoon and the Warren horror black & white magazines, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella.
I'm also including the original story, and Russ Heath's Presentation Samples he executed in the 1950's when he was trying to get assigned to the Gun Smoke syndicated comic strip.









The Scrabble Player: Bill Fishman 082418

I sketched this last night (August 24, 2018) while playing Scrabble with Bill Fishman. We listened to Alice Coltrane and the Mamas and the Papas as we vied for Scrabble dominance. I won the first game, Bill won the second.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Kings Road

I recently watched “Kings Road”, starring Ann Southern, Robert Cummings and Ronald Reagan. The story and acting was so so, but the production design (by William Cameron Menzies) and cinematography (by James Wong Howe) was striking. Since I was laid off for 2 weeks prior to my ankle surgery I decided to indulge myself and sketch the cool compositions. 


Luminous. What makes the images seem so bright is the contrast with the deep, velvety blacks.







Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Minnie Holsinger, The Farmer's Wife 56, Manor Bakers, Henry Hintermeister

This is blog #56 of my on-going series sharing pages from the scrap book of Minnie Holsinger, which she compiled in the 30s and 40s while she and Grandpa Charlie were saving to buy a farm.

This illustration is from a series of images I assume that were culled by Grandma Minnie from a calendar produced by Manor Bakers in the late 30’s or early 40’s. The work is credited to Henry Hintermeister, who’s work has been featured in the Farmers Wife blog series posts 2, 5, 31, 32, 33, 53, 54 & 55.


God, how embarrassing. Did we, as Americans, used to be proud of this shit? Some Americans still are, apparently. It’s what they mean by “Make America Great Again!”, as in “Find some suckers you can rip off and exploit”, not realizing it’s themselves who are being ripped off and exploited.
Here's a sketch of Grandpa Charlie I drew in the late 70's or early 80's.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Minnie Holsinger, The Farmer's Wife 55, Manor Bakers, Henry Hintermeister, Manifest Destiny

This is blog #55 of my on-going series sharing pages from the scrap book of Minnie Holsinger, which she compiled in the 30s and 40s while she and Grandpa Charlie were saving to buy a farm.

This illustration is from a series of images I assume that were culled by Grandma Minnie from a calendar produced by Manor Bakers in the late 30’s or early 40’s. The work is credited to Henry Hintermeister, who’s work has been featured in the Farmers Wife blog series posts 2, 5, 31, 32, 33, 53 & 54.

Manifest Destiny.


 I’m curious and to the symbolic significance of the building shapes in the right background, behind the preacher dude. Is this suppose to represent the old world order, mandating the peg-legger (Peter Stuyvesant, I presume) to head out to the new world and remake it for caucasian protestants? This is odd because they’re on the right, facing left and usually that sort of thing (traveling towards a goal) is left facing right. On the other hand, on maps, Europe is to the right of the Americas, the East Coast is to the right of the West (Left) coast, etc, so it makes sense. Never mind. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Minnie Holsinger, The Farmer's Wife 54, Manor Bakers, Henry Hintermeister

This is blog #54 of my on-going series sharing pages from the scrap book of Minnie Holsinger, which she compiled in the 30s and 40s while she and Grandpa Charlie were saving to buy a farm.

This illustration is from a series of images I assume that were culled by Grandma Minnie from a calendar produced by Manor Bakers in the late 30’s or early 40’s. The work is credited to Henry Hintermeister, who’s work has been featured in the Farmers Wife blog series posts 2, 5, 31, 32, 33 & 53. Mr. H was a popular and prolific illustrator back in the day, but is now all but unknown; at least, I’d never heard or seen of him until I started working on this series.

To recap from previous post-bios: Henry Hintermeister (b. 1897 / d. 1970)  His father John Henry Hintermeister was an illustrator as well.  Father and son often worked as a duo, from the 1890's to the 1940's, under the pseudonym Hy Hintermeister.  They became well known producing over 1,000 of illustrations; John Henry and Henry were often compared to Norman Rockwell with their illustration storytelling.  The duo produced a series of calendars depicting American history from 1775-1787.  They used identical signatures making their illustrations nearly impossible to distinguish.


So is this illustration by Hy Hintermeister Sr. or Jr
? Does it matter?

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Minnie Holsinger, The Farmer's Wife 53, Manor Bakers, Henry Hintermeister

This is blog #53 of my on-going series sharing pages from the scrap book of Minnie Holsinger, which she compiled in the 30s and 40s while she and Grandpa Charlie were saving to buy a farm.
This illustration is from a series of images I assume that were culled by Grandma Minnie from a calendar produced by Manor Bakers in the late 30’s or early 40’s. The work is credited to Henry Hintermeister, who’s work has been featured in the Farmers Wife blog series posts 2, 5, 31, 32, & 33. Mr. H was a popular and prolific illustrator back in the day, but is now all but unknown; at least, I’d never heard or seen of him until I started working on this series.

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