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Pinups: Alberto Vargas

Alberto Vargas

Alberto VargasAlberto VargasWe’re very grateful to archive supporter, Chad Coyle for allowing us to digitize his collection of cartoons and illustrations from 1960s Playboy magazines. You might remember our previous posts on Erich Sokol, Eldon Dedini, Doug Sneyd and Phil Interlandi. Today, we focus on the "Grand Old Man" of pinup art, Alberto Vargas.

Vargas was born in Peru in 1896, and travelled to Europe with his family in 1911. His father was a photographer, and Vargas was exposed at an early age to the airbrush as a retouching tool. He studied to be a photographer, and worked in New York as a retoucher for a time, but Florenz Ziegfeld hired him as an illustrator for his Follies in 1917. He scraped by through the depression illustrating for various publications and movie studios. When George Petty left Esquire in 1940, Vargas took over his position with the magazine. Even though this brought much-needed exposure for Vargas’ work, the contract with Esquire was extremely unfair. The magazine even trademarked the name Vargas had been working under… "Varga" and wouldn’t allow him to use it for any other work. Vargas sued and broke the contract in 1950.

Alberto VargasAlberto VargasVargas added the "s" to his name and proceeded to rebuild his career, illustrating playing cards and taking freelance work for True magazine. In 1960, he was hired as an illustrator for Playboy, the venue that made him famous. The "Vargas Girl" represented a high level of perfection in beauty, erotic- but never vulgar. Even when Playboy would have allowed him to depict full frontal nudity, Vargas always kept his models discretely draped. He worked for Playboy until his 90th birthday in 1976, when he retired. Vargas passed away in 1982 at the age of 96.

Completing this group of postings on the Playboy artists of the 1960s, here is the work of the great Alberto Vargas…

VARGA IN THE 1920s

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VARGAS IN THE 1960s

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Magazine Cartoons.

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March 21st, 2017

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RefPack015: Download The Definitive Documentary On Silent Movie Comedy


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The animators of the golden age all expressed a debt of gratitude to the silent comedy film makers who paved the way for the cartoonists that followed their lead. At Disney, Don Graham led action analysis classes for the staff breaking down the pantomime of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. Chuck Jones once expressed regret that he was born too late to work alongside the great slapstick comedy directors. The writing techniques at almost all of the animated cartoon studios of the 30s and 40s were derived from principles developed at Mack Sennett and Hal Roach’s studios. These films may seem ancient to us today, but they are far from irrelevant.

At the time this documentary was made, silent films were long gone from public view. In fact, if they were presented at all, they utilized beat up incomplete prints projected at the wrong frame rate. For the Hollywood series, film historian Kevin Brownlow assembled the best prints, transferred them on a state of the art variable speed telecine rank, and interviewed surviving cast and crew members to create the definitive documentary series on this seminal era in the history of movies. This episode deals with the comics- Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd and explains how they created their films. Unseen since the VHS era, Animation Resources acquired a transfer of this important documentary from a rare set of laserdiscs, and now we share it with you.

Recently, blu-rays and DVDs have breathed new life into these important films. If you are unfamiliar with the movies discussed in this documentary, jot down the titles and look them up. You’ll find a lot to study and learn from silent films.

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March 20th, 2017

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Animation: Jules Engel’s Color Keys For The Alvin Show

Jules Engel The Alvin Show

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In his wonderful blog, Cartoon Modern, Amid Amidi recently posted some thumbnail background keys by color stylist, Jules Engel and invited his readers to comment. I happened to have a nice little stack of Jules Engel keys from The Alvin Show sitting here on my desk, so I decided to scan them and post them to follow Amid’s lead.

Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
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Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
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Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show

Cartoon ModernCartoon ModernMake sure to pick up a copy of Amid’s great new book, Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation.

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