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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Magazine Cartoons: Erich Sokol’s Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
Well, I’m glad she’s finally getting interested
in something besides running around with boys.

During the 1960s, Playboy magazine employed some of the best cartoonists around at the time… Eldon Dedini, Gahan Wilson, Phil Interlandi, Jack Cole, Doug Sneyd and Erich Sokol.

We start out with a biographical feature on the cartoonists who worked for Playboy in the mid-1960s.

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Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Next up is a Sokol feature that highlights his remarkable ability to caricature…

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Sokol was arguably the most gifted artist who ever worked for Playboy, with a keen eye for all of the elements of good drawing- composition, clear silhouettes, original color harmonies, interesting staging and a keen sense of light and shade. There’s a lot to be learned from these masterful cartoons. His style evolved as time went by, and his images became more and more beautiful. This group of cartoons is arranged in a more or less chronological manner. Compare the first one from the mid-1950s to the last one from a decade later, and you’ll see how much he progressed…

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoonist

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
Well, how do you like married life so far?

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
I came up to complain about the noise.

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
What the hell kind of pacifist are you?

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
Take off your clothes… take off your clothes!
My goodness, don’t men ever think about anything else?

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
Mother will be disappointed if you don’t come in for at least
a few minutes, George. She’s expecting to meet you tonight.

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
You got the part.
Now would you care to try for an Academy Award?

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
You’re welcome.

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
You were wrong…. I’m NOT old enough to take care of himself.

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
I believe the new nurse is going to do wonders for him.
He’s already learned to count to two…

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
Tuck my shirt into WHAT shorts?

Erich Sokol Playboy Cartoons
Why don’t you bug out now and I’ll call you Friday.

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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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Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas

VARGAS IN THE 1960s

Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Magazine CartoonsMagazine Cartoons

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

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

Magazine CartoonsMagazine Cartoons

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