Monthly Archives: February 2012

Happy Valentines Day

February 1954

Elvgren Pinup


George Petty Pinup

February Calendar Page - 1954

Dianne Durbin




Painting: Pulp Fiction

These are all original paintings for various paperback books and detective magazines. These were painted specifically for the intended book or article, but show up occaisionally on totally different stories. They were considered simple commercial art and were destroyed after printing – what a crime.

For the book Sexbound

Young Nurse

Evelyn & the Strangler

Satan is a Woman

Mike Shayne Private Eye

True Detective cover

New Detective cover

The Shadow


Design/Style: El Santo

Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta (September 23, 1917 – February 5, 1984), more widely known as El Santo (the Saint) is one of the most famous and iconic of all Mexican luchadores, and has been referred to as one of “the greatest legends in Mexican sports” His wrestling career spanned nearly fifty years, during which he became a folk hero and a symbol of justice for the common man through his appearances in comic books and movies. He is said to have popularized professional wrestling in Mexico. In 1952 a Santo comic book was created, turning him into the first and foremost character in Mexican popular literature. The Santo comic book series (four different volumes) ran continuously for 35 years, ending in 1987. Santo would go on to star in 52 films all of which had him battling super-human villians. Santo never took of his mask in public until his final TV appearance in 1984, 2 weeks before his death, effectively saying goodbye to his fans.

El Santo - The Man

Santo vs. The Zombies

Santo & Blue Demon vs. Dracula & the Wolfman

"....even childlike I'd say."

Santo vs the Invasion of the Marcians

In the ring

On the beach - Movie Still

Santo vs. The Vampire Women

Santo's partner The Blue Demon

Santo vs The Strangler

The Mummies of Guanajuato

Santo en El Museo de Cera (?)

Santo & the Ghost of the Strangler - Musical


Big Fan: The Kinks

                                                                                 The Kinks struggled hard for their place in Rock music history. Coming up at the same time as The Beatles and The Stones they had neither the bad-boy swagger of the later or the good lucks and pop talent of the former. Plus they hated each other. Comprised of 2 brothers, Ray & Dave Davies, along with original drummer Mick Avery and bassist Pete Quaife, they all fought constantly. In an onstage fight at a 1966 show in Cardiff, Wales, Dave kicked Mick’s drums in frustration so Mick bashed him in the head with his cymbal stand, knocking him unconscious. Fearing he’d killed his lead guitarist he fled the stage (To placate the police, Avory later claimed that it was part of a new act in which the band members would hurl their instruments at each other). The brothers would often fight onstage and just as they were about to break America, they were banned for 4 years from performing because of their rowdy behaviour – one particular fight at an American radio station sealed the ban. They did manage however to write a ton of huge hits, “You Really Got Me”, “All Day & All of the Night”, “Lola”, “Set Me Free” as well as the best song ever written (arguably) “Waterloo Sunset”. It wouldn’t be until the 80’s that they would finally really break big in America with their hit “Come Dancing”. If you’re new to The Kinks – ignore this period – it’s awful. 1965 -68 were the salad years.

The Kinks on TV - Ready, Steady, Go!

Early Promo Shot

Unfortunate Promo Shot

On TV - *Note awful logo on drum kit

Village Green... Promo


Style: David Bowie 1972-73

1972 -73 are the years that Bowie arguably had his biggest impact. He had a hit in 1969 with ‘Space Oddity’ and 1970’s LP Hunky Dory did OK but Bowie was still the long haired fey looking hippie. 1972 saw the release of his new alter-ego Ziggy Stardust and it’s backing band – The Spiders From Mars. Overnight Bowie went from looking like everyone else, too looking like an alien. In the words of biographer David Buckley, Bowie “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture”. Bowie would take his persona one step further in 1973 with the release of ‘Alladin Sane’ – that with the thunderbolt makeup – and would tour the world on the back of the hits ‘Starman’, ‘The Jean Genie’, and ‘Drive-In Saturday’. 26 years old, lookin’ good and ready to rule the world.

Top of the Pops w/ Mick Ronson - 1972

Live in Wedgies - 1972

Meeting fans -'72

David, Iggy and the awful Lou Reed - 1972


On the train w/ Mick Ronson

Onstage 1973

backstage '73

Live - *note stage size and the 2 gangsters on the left

Photo by Mick Rock 1973

Graphic Design: Travel Posters – Winter

I know it’s winter somewhere – because it sure isn’t where I live (Seattle). I guess Rome is getting all the snow this year (first snowfall in 30 years or something). Apparently in the 30’s and 40’s there was always snow and cool places to ski – St. Moritz, all of Norway, all of Austria, Canada even. These posters are all beautiful. Beautifully designed, beautifully illustrated and beautifully printed. I love the idea of suggestion – Mts., skis and a whole country to go to – that’s all you need. The last poster here even has the destination in such small type I had to look twice to see it, simply suggesting the idea of snow and fun.