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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Pinups: John Held Jr.

John Held Jr

John Held JrJohn Held JrPlayboy had some of the greatest “girl cartoonists” of all time on their staff. You might have seen our previous posts on Playboy cartoonists Sokol, Dedini, Interlandi, Sneyd and Vargas. We will be posting more by these great artists soon, but I particularly wanted to bring this great Playboy retrospective on John Held Jr. to your attention.

John Held Jr was born in 1889, and by the age of 16 was an accomplished sports cartoonist for the Salt Lake City Tribune. He served in the military during WWI, and soon after his return he gained fame for his work as an illustrator for Life, Judge and College Humor. His style and subject matter defined the "Jazz Age" of the 1920s. His cartoons depicting sexy flappers and their raccoon coated beaus living the life of flaming youth were all the rage. In later years, he worked in woodcuts and illustrated scenes from the "Gay Nineties"

Here is a feature on Held from the January 1966 issue of Playboy magazine…

John Held Jr
John Held Jr
John Held Jr
John Held Jr
John Held Jr
John Held Jr
John Held Jr

I just added the last page of this article, which includes some great biographical info on Held. (A nice Virgil Partch comic too!) If you would like to see more of Held’s work, visit Shane Glines’ excellent site… CartonRetro.com.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Pinups: Eldon Dedini’s Satyrs and Nymphs

Eldon Dedini

You can’t beat Christmas in the country.

Eldon Dedini started out as a staff cartoonist at Esquire in 1942, before coming to Hollywood to work in animation. He was a storyboard artist at Universal for a few years in the mid-1940s, and joined Disney as a story artist on "Mickey & the Beanstalk", "Ichabod and Mr Toad" and several Donald Duck shorts. He continued to do cartoons for Esquire during this period, and moved to the New Yorker in 1950. He began contributing cartoons to Playboy in 1960, joining Phil Interlandi, Jack Cole, Doug Sneyd and Erich Sokol. Dedini passed away at his home in Carmel, CA in December of 2007.

Animation Resources supporter, Ken Kearney lives close to the Monterey area, where Dedini lived and worked for many years. In 2005, he produced an interview video, which he generously donated to archive database. Here is a clip from Ken’s video where Dedini tells how he got started as a cartoonist and his experiences as a story man with Disney on Fun & Fancy Free and Donald Duck cartoons like Dumbell of the Yukon.

Eldon Dedini Interview

Eldon Dedini Interview (Ken Kearney/2005)
(Quicktime 7 / 14.2 megs)

View the whole interview in five parts at YouTube

DEDINI IN PLAYBOY

Here is a feature on Dedini’s famous "Satyr & Nymph" comics from Playboy, followed by some higher resolution images of individual cartoons…

Eldon Dedini
Eldon Dedini
Eldon Dedini
Eldon Dedini

Eldon Dedini

We forgot the picnic basket!

Eldon Dedini

I’d like you to meet my father, but I don’t dare.
You know how even old satyrs are!

Eldon Dedini

It’s not that I didn’t believe in Santa Claus-
It’s just that you’ve shattered my image somehow…

Eldon Dedini Playboy Cartoon

Eldon Dedini Playboy Cartoon

Eldon Dedini Playboy Cartoon

Eldon Dedini Playboy Cartoon

Eldon Dedini

Shouldn’t we be putting nuts away for the winter or something?

Eldon Dedini

I hope nothing has happened to those two satyrs
who always surprise us at our bath.

Eldon Dedini

It’s become traditional. During the holidays
the country cousin visits the city cousin.

Eldon Dedini

Look at it this way- your medium is your message!

More great Dedini!

Eldon Dedini
You know, I think I’m actually learning
quite a lot at my Mother’s Knee, Mom.

Eldon Dedini
Well, I’ve always looked at it as sort of
stockpiling the American Dream!

Eldon Dedini
Well, I guess it just goes to prove that
not all God’s children got rhythm.

Eldon Dedini
Be sure to notice her dress. It’s a topless.

Eldon Dedini
Hi!

Eldon Dedini
Carl is always so interested in people

Eldon Dedini
Terrific, eh? Each year we rent the old lady and come
out here and have a real underground Christmas.

Eldon Dedini
Wow! This is the most consciousness-expanding
plum pudding I’ve ever eaten!

Eldon Dedini
Don’t you find that some New Years
are harder to bring in than others?

Eldon Dedini
Young man, you should be asleep!

If you’re a fan of Dedini, you will want to get Fantagraphic’s great book, An Orgy Of Eldon Dedini. It comes with a DVD documentary called "Dedini: A Life In Cartoons" Check it out!

I’m not sure if Ken is offering these for sale, but if you would like to inquire about ordering a DVD of Ken Kearney’s Dedini interview, email, kenkearneystudios@hotmail.com.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Pinups: Jack Cole And More Great 50s Playboy Cartoonists

50s Playboy Cartoonists

Today, we continue our series of posts on the great cartoonists who worked for Playboy magazine over the years. Today, we feature artists from the late 1950s. Starting with…

JACK COLE

More than any other artist who worked at Playboy, Jack Cole was most responsible for establishing the tone and style of the single panel full page cartoons that appeared in its pages His watercolor technique was loose and free, but the overall impression was brilliantly planned out and remarkably expressive.

50s Plastic Man Jack Cole50s Plastic Man Jack ColeBorn in 1914 in New Castle Pennsylvania, Cole was a self-taught artist. At age 17, he bicycled across the country to Los Angeles and sold the story of his odyssey, along with his own illustrations, to Boy’s Life. After graduating from High School, he moved to New York and took up work in the comic book business. He moved up through the ranks at Harry A. Chesler, Centaur Publications and Lev Gleeson on a variety of crime and action comics. In 1940, he assisted WIll Eisner on The Spirit, ghosting the strip when Eisner was drafted during the War. He is best known though, as the creator of the Marvel superhero, Plastic Man.

In 1954, Cole began selling one panel "girlie" cartoons to various magazines, and his work caught the attention of the editors of the fledgling publication, Playboy. For the next few years, Cole’s cartoons appeared in every issue, until his untimely suicide in 1958. Here are a few of Cole’s beautiful watercolors from the late 1950s…

50s Playboy Cartoonist Jack Cole
50s Playboy Cartoonist Jack Cole
50s Playboy Cartoonist Jack Cole
50s Playboy Cartoonist Jack Cole
50s Playboy Cartoonist Jack Cole

Here’s a Valentine’s Day feature by Cole…

Jack Cole Shel Silverstein Valentine Gift

Jack Cole Shel Silverstein Valentine Gift

Jack Cole Shel Silverstein Valentine Gift

JACK DAVIS

When you think of Jack Davis, you probably think of his work with Harvey Kurtzman at Mad magazine, his covers for TV Guide, his advertising work and movie posters, and perhaps the Little Annie Fanny comics he painted for Kurtzman at Playboy. But you don’t normally think of him as a one-panel cartoonist. Here’s a rare example…

50s Playboy Cartoonist Jack Davis

CHARLES W. MILLER

I don’t have any info on Charles W. Miller. His tighter style is closer to the illustrators who worked for Colliers in the late 1940s than it is the washy, stylized work of Dedini, Sokol or Cole. But he was obviously a very accomplished artist- check out the sophisticated lighting in the second example for proof of that. If you know details of his biography, please post to the comments below.

50s Playboy Cartoonist Charles W Miller
50s Playboy Cartoonist Charles W Miller

AL STINE

Al Stine is still living, painting and teaching in South Carolina. In fact, he recently started doing editorial cartoons for the Anderson South Carolina Independent Mail. His masterful transparent watercolor technique really sets him apart. If you enjoy his work, drop him an email through his website- AlStine.com. It would be nice if someone out there would interview him and collect the info for our Biography Page.

50s Playboy Cartoonist Al Stine
50s Playboy Cartoonist Al Stine


If you’re a fan of Playboy artists like Cole, Dedini, Wilson and Sokol, you will want to get this great collection of cartoons, Playboy: 50 Years- The Cartoons. Check it out!

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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