Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

This lovely cover, courtesy of my Bolles-pal Mark Forer, was published in 1928, is the only Valentine themed cover of all the hundreds of magazine covers Enoch painted (unless I missed one and Mark will be the first to know).  Enjoy!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bolles Sunday!

Our man Bolles never may never have played football but over the years he recruited quite a squad of covergirls.  Here's our lovely Bolles girl getting ready to toss the pig skin on a 1932 cover of Film Fun. 

And take a look at how these other cover artists stole from Enoch's artistic playbook. This 1930 cover predates both the Annual and E.M. Jackson's 1937 cover for the Saturday Evening post. But in the case of Jackson he was exacting a bit of revenge for a swipe by Bolles. 

Here we have a rather provocative football cover from 1934, and on the right you can see how Enoch 'borrowed' the pose from an earlier cover painted by Jackson.  Clearly he was incensed enough to wait three years before swiping the ball back from Bolles. An artistic onside kick if there ever was one!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Another of Santa's Helpers

Consider her a belated Christmas present, a bit late but eager to spread some holiday cheer.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Santa's Favorite Helper!

That's mistletoe Santa's helper is standing under so you better give her some attention. As you've seen in recent posts, our man Enoch has 'presented' us with a a lot of classic Christmas cheer, and I think he deserves he deserves than he's gotten. Just yesterday on NPR there was a piece on how a marketing campaign by Coca-Cola in 1930 was largely responsible for ushering in red (Coca-Cola red, to be exact) and green as the official colors of Christmas, along with the red-cheeked Santa we all know and love. The artist--not identified in the segment--was the talented Haddon Sundblom (who spawned a generation of pinup artists, most notably Gil Elvgren).  But before him, others, including Enoch were already mining.  I'll share more in the coming days including a classic Santa image Bolles painted in 1924, and another that I think is the best Santa ever!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Cheer: Chapter Two

Today we have another example of Bolles' Christmas themed covers, this a charming example from 1926.  Sorry about its condition but Snappy's just don't hold up very well.  The covers were done on cheap paper, the magazine was thicker than most other pulps and the binding was often overglued.  But beat up or not I just love to see Bolles' Snappy Stories. work. These covers reveal a relaxed aspect to his painting which had already begun to disappear from Film Fun.  And there's a narrative that you rarely see in his magazine art.  I'm assuming this illustration has something do to with the story but I've never managed to to read far enough into one to figure it out one way or another.  The art may be fresh but the text has gone stale. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Today is St. Nicholas

Santa sure scored this holiday season, though it helped that he spiked the mistletoe with a little something extra sure to make our Bolles girl happy.  Or are those slippers meant for santa.  This December we'll be featuring Christmas themed magazine covers, and maybe a few ads too. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Today, I mean Yesterday was Wear Something Gaudy Day!

I meant to get this uploaded before midnight and obviously didn't.  Part of the reason is that for all the stylish, provocative, fabric challenged finery that Bolles adorned his girls with, I could find very few outfits that were outright gaudy.  But I think this one, in a minimalistic sense, certainly qualifies.  Bolles only completed five covers for Gay Broadway and this was most ambitious. The cheery title was a winking signal to those in the know that the magazine was an under the counter pulp, complete with nudie photo inserts.  

But despite constant pressure by the authorities it managed to hang on until 1938, a year which was the death knell for nearly every every spicy pulp title ever published. I have no idea why Bolles left the magazine, but 1934, when this issue appeared, was a tumultuous period for spicy pulp publishers. Bolles had to switch back and forth across titles as their publishers completed their sentences, jail sentences that is, for printing smutty stories. Lucky for us they knew the cover sold the magazine.