July 27th, 2016

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Magazine Cartoons: Jack Davis (1924-2016)

Jack Davis Cartoon

Comics lost one of its greatest caricaturists and draftsmen today… Jack Davis.

Jack Davis Cartoon

Jack Davis was a cartoonist from a very early age. His first published work appeared in Tip Top Comics in 1936. He was twelve years old at the time. In 1949, he packed up and moved from Atlanta to New York City, where he was hired by EC Comics to draw for The Vault of Horror and Two-Fisted Tales. At EC, Davis met Harvey Kurtzman, who liked his work and used him in Mad magazine. Kurtzman and Davis also worked together on Little Annie Fanny in Playboy.

Jack Davis Cartoon

Davis went on to become one of the most sought-after illustrators and caricaturists in America. His caricatures of public figures appeared on the covers of Time magazine and TV Guide, as well as record covers, movie posters and bubble gum cards. Davis is currently one of the best-known and recognizable cartoonists in the world.

Jack Davis Cartoon

Here is an early Davis story from Mad magazine that shows his immense talents at their absolute best. Every panel of this comic is drop-dead brilliant!

KANE KEEN
Mad Magazine 1953

Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon
Jack Davis Cartoon

Many thanks to the talented cartoonist, Amir Avni for contributing the copy of "Son of Mad" from which this great story was scanned. Also thanks to the stalwart archive supporter Eric Graf for lending us record covers from his extensive collection to digitize.

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

Jack Davis BookJack Davis BookJack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture: A Career Retrospective is a gigantic career-spanning retrospective, between whose hard covers resides the greatest collection— in terms of both quantity and quality— of Jack Davis’ work ever assembled! It includes work from every stage of his long and varied career. Much of the material has been scanned directly from original art, showing the painterly brush strokes and pen work. Many illustrations are accompanied by preliminary drawings that demonstrate the evolution of Davis’ drawing process. Recommended!

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July 26th, 2016

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Video Store: Download a PIELS BEER AD REEL FROM UPA NEW YORK

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Piels Beer Reel

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UPA (1950s)

Voiced by the comedy team Bob & Ray (Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding), the Piels Beer commercials were produced for Young & Rubicam by UPA in the early 1950s. The commercials, largely animated at the New York offices of UPA by great animators like Grim Natwick, Tissa David, and Lu Guarner, were hugely influential. This reel contains some of the earliest entries in the series, produced before the spots moved from UPA to Terry-Toons.

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July 26th, 2016

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Pinups: Al Moore Girls From Esquire

Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire

Esquire magazine was one of the top publications of its time. It was to the first half of the 20th century what Playboy was to the last half. The pinups of George Petty and Alberto Varga made the magazine famous. Al Moore painted the Esquire girls and the annual calendar in the late 40s and early 50s. I’m sorry to say, I don’t know much about him. His fame has been eclipsed by his predecessors. But his wide eyed blondes have a lot of charm. Here are a couple of fold-outs from the pages of Esquire and the 1950 Esquire calendar…

Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire
Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire

And here as an added bonus is the 1946 Esquire Pocket Calendar by Alberto Varga (Before he got the "s" at the end of his name…)

Al Moore Calendar Girls from Esquire

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

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