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Monday, July 27th, 2020

Pinups: Girl Cartoons From "Booby Traps" and "Nuggets"

Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics

Sometimes I think I must have the best job in the world…

Today some nice folks who had Googled up this website stopped by to offer us some material to digitize that they had rescued from a relative’s garage. They had a laundry basket full of 1940s magazines and a big stack of original inks from a 1947 girlie cartoon magazine, colorfully titled Booby Traps and Nuggets. My jaw hit the floor when I started going through the artwork. Here is a part of cartooning history that has been largely overlooked- especially by me. But not any more!

The artwork is quickly executed and sometimes a bit funky… and for good reason. On the back of each ink is the amount the cartoonist was paid for his work. The prices range from $3 to $5. You would have to work pretty doggone fast to make a living at that rate! I have to admit, I don’t know much about these artists. So I’m going to present them a couple at a time with the little I do know and see if any of you readers out there can help fill in the blanks about their careers.

JACK O’BRIEN

Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics

Jack O’Brien lived in Los Angeles, and this photograph shows him with his daughter, Suzanne. In the 1960s, O’Brien drew the Sad Sack comic books, he came up with a beatnik character named "Cool Cat", and he created the G.I. Juniors line of comics for Harvey. If you know anything else about O’Brien, please post to the comments below.

Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics

MILO KINN

Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics

All I know about Milo Kinn is that he lived in Seattle, Washington. I’m guessing he was married, (based on the pretty dingle ball curtains!) and it’s clear that he didn’t mind drawing the exact same pretty girl profile over and over. In fact, he seems to have a lot more fun with the "broads" than he does with the "babes". Anyone have any more details on him?

Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics
Jack o'Brien and Milo Kinn Girlie Comics

BILL WENZEL

Bill Wenzel is the best known artist in this batch, working here under the pseudonym, "Candace". Fantagraphics recently published a collection of his work, and GoofButton.com posted scans from a late sixties collection of his cartoons, titled Tender Loving Care. Here, we get a rare chance to see Wenzel’s rough alongside the finished ink…

Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics

STANLEY RAYON

All I know about Stanley Rayon was that he lived and worked in New Orleans. Does anyone have any more info on him? Although his drawings are pretty primitive, they do have that spark of fun that makes post-War girlie cartoons so appealing.

Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics
Bill Wenzel and Stanley Rayon Girlie Comics

Stephen Worth
Director
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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Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Inbetweens: Jean Gabriel Domergue- Granddaddy of All Pinup Artists

Jean Gabriel Domergue

I love it when I discover a new artist!

The other day, my friend Tony “Superslice” Mora sent me a Facebook message asking me if I had ever heard of Jean-Gabriel Domergue. I hadn’t, but I did some Googling and quickly came up with a new name for my list of favorite “girl artists”. Here is the granddaddy of all pinup painters!

Jean Gabriel Domergue

The interesting thing about Domergue is that his girls aren’t the best thing about his art. They’re sometimes rather loosely constructed with long ostrich necks, and the eyes and mouth are the same formulas used over and over again… No, the best thing about Domergue is his color and brushstrokes. Notice the incredibly bold use of primary colors, some of which appear to be straight out of the tube. Usually, this results in flat, blown out color harmonies, but Domergue is able to adjust the colors around the primary to make it work. His brushstrokes are beautiful and spontaneous. They’re abstract at the same time as perfectly defining the texture and folds of the fabric. Wow!

Thanks to Tony Mora for turning us on to this great painter. Here’s a gallery of images to browse…

Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue
Jean Gabriel Domergue

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

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

Magazine CartoonsMagazine Cartoons

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

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