Archive for the ‘golden book’ Category

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Illustration: Mary Blair’s Little Verses

Mary Blair Little Verses

Mary Blair has become well known in the past few years for her concept work on Disney’s classic animated features of the forties and fifties, but two of her masterpieces remain unavailable for viewing… one is the set of murals she designed at the entrance to Tomorrowland in Disneyland, which were covered up several years ago by a Star Wars-esque plastic wall covering that was supposed to look futuristic… and the other masterpiece is her Golden Book titled, "Little Verses", which has been out of print for over 40 years.

Originally serialized in the children’s magazine, "Highlights" in the early fifties, these paintings were issued as an oversized Golden Book in the early 60s. This particular Golden Book is one of the most sought after titles by collectors. Rita Street was kind enough to loan a copy to be be digitized for the Archive’s image database. I’ve done a little Photoshopping to remove the text, so you can see the paintings unobstructed.

Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
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Mary Blair Little Verses
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Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
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Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
Mary Blair Little Verses
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Mary Blair Little Verses
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Mary Blair Little Verses
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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Illustration: Huckleberry Hound and Rocky & Bullwinkle Golden Books

Huck Hound Builds A House

We scanned Golden Books today… First up was Huckleberry Hound Builds A House. Published in 1959, this was one of the earliest Hanna Barbera books, and it’s one of the best. These H-B characters were beautifully designed and perfectly suited to the TV medium. This book was laid out by Harvey Eisenberg and painted by Al White.

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Here is another TV cartoon related Golden Book by Ben De Nunez and Al White.

Rocky And His Friends is interesting because it depicts the characters in a very different way than they appeared in the TV series. White sees the characters as solid objects, not flat designs, and he renders them in a variety of different lighting situations. This book also has a nice balance of textures.

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Illustration: Gustaf Tenggren’s Little Trapper

Tenggren Little Trapper

Gustaf Tenggren was born in Sweden in 1896. Throughout the 1920s, he illustrated children’s books and fairy tales in a richly detailed style similar to Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen. In 1936, Walt Disney brought Tenggren to Hollywood to work on Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. His designs for the Dwarfs’ cottage and the forest were directly incorporated into the film by the layout artists.

The experience of working at Disney changed Tenggren’s artistic outlook. He abandoned the European illustrator style for a simpler, more direct, stylized approach. He illustrated the most iconic Golden Books… The Poky Little Puppy, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Shy Little Kitten and The Tawny Scrawny Lion, and he continued to paint for Western Publishing until his death in the early sixties.

Tenggren’s Golden Books are exemplified by bold, clear compositions; a harmonious use of color and masterful rendering of a variety of textures. This book, The Little Trapper, is one of Tenggren’s least often seen titles. Published in 1950, several years before DIsney’s Davy Crockett popularized the coonskin cap, this book includes some disarmingly beautiful paintings. In particular, notice how Tenggren renders the fur. It’s a different technique every time.

Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper

Stephen Worth
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