Monthly Archives: March 2012
When you’re given the job to illustrate a story called ‘Find and Kidnap the Promiscuous Vice Queen’ or ‘Tiger Bandit of Saipan’ what do you come up with? Well M. Kuntsler came up with the following. I don’t know anything at all about the artist but his/her work for various Mens Magazines throughout the 50′s and 60′s is interesting and somewhat hilarious. Titles like Real Men, Men’s Adventures, Man’s Action, Real Men, Man’s Life and Man’s Book all used this type of art to illustrate it’s pages. These would be surrounded by lurid, sensational type about Nazi’s or white slavers and almost always be about women in peril – a big theme at the time.
No matter what you think about The Stray Cats, Brian Setzer had a damn great head of hair. The rockabilly revival hit England hard in the late 70′s, early 80′s, after punk lost some of it’s shine, and The Stray Cats were right there to cash in. Having failed in their home country (USA) they fled to England to make their fortune – and briefly they did. By the time they finally got picked up in the States on a major label the movement was just about done (Brian even cut off his pompadour and dyed it black for the lp cover). Brian would eventually split to go solo with a sort of rockabilly-alt. country hybrid. He continues to play today w/ The Brian Setzer Orchestra and still has a pretty good head of hair.
The 1970′s were an interesting time, especially in cinema and specifically exploitation cinema. If you couldn’t get a film made or afford to do it in the US of A, why not just pack everything up and go to the Phillipines. Things were cheap, no one would bother you and has long as you paid off Dictator Ferdinand Marcos you were pretty safe. Great directors like Jack Hill, Jonathon Demme, and a bunch of local guys got their start on these low budget exploitation flicks. For whatever reason, Women in Prison films became popular in the early 70′s and who better to cash in, than the King of Exploitation – Roger Corman. Taking beauties like Pam Grier, Anitra Ford (later a Price is Right model), Margeret Markov and Judy Brown, et al. was risky but everyone seemed up for the adventure. Beautiful locales, lots of nudity and silly violence – women chained and abused and then beating the shit out of their male oppressors and blowing everything sky high became a perfect recipe for exploitaion. Though films continued to be made cheaply in the Phillipines – most notably Apocalypse Now, the Women in Prison genre fell out of favor pretty quickly and were no more by 1980.
Like an actor needs a good head shot, the Burlesques queens of the 40′s – 60′s needed a good promo photo to show off their many talents and attributes. These would be displayed outside the Burlesque houses in Chicago, New York, LA and everywhere inbetween. How else could you decide who you wanted to see? – Diane Ross and her Monkey Squeaky, Heaven Lee - ‘The Devilish Angel of Burlesque’, Precious Diamond, Ann ‘Bang, Bang’ Arbor, Tinker Bell or Maxine Martin ‘The 6′ 4″ Skyscrapper’. Looking at these now, they’re all relitively PG-13 rated but back then they must have been scandolous – I mean the photo of Mickey “Ginger” Jones – ‘The Wham Wham Girl’ is pretty provocative, and Fabulous Fanny’s shot is just plain odd.
Weegee aka Arthur Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968) Weegee worked in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer during the 1930s and ’40s, - he developed his signature style by following the city’s emergency services and shooting the outcome. Fellig earned his nickname, a phonetic version of Ouija, because of his frequent, seemingly prescient arrivals at scenes only minutes after crimes, fires or other emergencies were reported to authorities. In the sixties he would give up street photography and work with Stanely Kubrick as the still photographer for Dr. Strangelove.
Isabelle Yasmine Adjani (born 27 June 1955) Isabelle Adjani is near perfect. Incredibly beautiful, incredibly talented and incredibly smart. She has won more Caesers – 5 (French Academy Award equivalent), then anyone else, she is fluent and acts in French, English and German and she’s cut an LP with Serge Gainsbourgh. She first came to fame staring in Francois Truffaut’s – Story of Adele H. for which she was nominated for best actress for both the American Academy Award and the Caeser (she lost both). She has worked w/ Roman Polanski, Luc Besson and Werner Herzog, among others. She still continues to act, albeit rarely and still looks pretty damn good.