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

VARGAS IN THE 1960s

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Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas

Stephen Worth
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Animation Resources

Magazine CartoonsMagazine Cartoons

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

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May 12th, 2021

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

Jules Engel The Alvin Show

Jules EngelJules Engel
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
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
Jules Engel The Alvin Show
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.

Stephen Worth
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Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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May 11th, 2021

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Comic Strips: Rube Goldberg’s Side Show

Rube Goldberg

Rube GoldbergRube GoldbergRube Goldberg was known as the "Dean of American Cartoonists". His longtime friend Grantland Rice wrote…

I recall those great Goldberg cartoons of forty-odd years ago. While introducing an element of broad burlesque, they were packed with real humor and were all based on a sound philiosophy of life. His cartoons ran under such headings as "This All Comes Under The Head Of Pleasure", "They All Look Good When You’re Far Away", "Now That You’ve Got It, What Are You Going To Do With It". "Father Was Right", "Foolish Questions" and many others. Each was based on the kind of universal experience that almost every one of us stumbles into at one time or another. Rube had a knack of looking underneath the surface and discovering things that only seemed obvious after he had pointed them out with his fun-stirring pen.

Here’s the entry on Goldberg from Martin Sheridan’s book, Comics And Their Creators…

Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg Invention

Goldberg was best known for his crazy inventions, which are featured at the bottom of each one of these "Side Show" Sunday pages. I have made the thumbnails smaller this time to fit more pages in. Click on them and spend some quality time reading these great comic pages from the late 1930s.

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Rube GoldbergRube Goldberg

Stephen Worth
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Animation Resources

Newspaper ComicsNewspaper Comics
This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Newspaper Comics.

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