In a post last week on the theme of sport I indicated that this particular cover of Film Fun was a visual joke based on a Saturday Evening Post cover by John Sheridan. For some reason or another I decided to double check my source, and after going back to check the book that referred to this visual connection and I found out the SEP cover wasn't a Sheridan after all. It was by E. M. Jackson and appeared in 1931, four years prior to the Film Fun cover. So yet another search ensured, which eventually yielded the cover you see posted above. Clearly Bolles made a play on Jackson, though I would hesitate to call it encroachment. But why Bolles would poke fun at this particular cover years after it was published is something I can't answer, as I've not come across any other examples like this. Bolles himself would complain about his work being copied by others, and you can see from the examples below that he had plenty of reason to cry foul. Only recently I learned that in 1934 the publishers of Film Fun took the owners of Movie Humor magazine to the New York supreme court, seeking an injunction for unfair competition and infringement, claiming the magazine was nothing a pale copy down to the title. The covers themselves made no pretense of originality and in fact a temporary injunction was granted against "the confusingly similar cover format." Well no kidding!!
Nearly every cover Movie Humor covers was done by George Quintana, which was his nom de plume. I've found out his real name and some other interesting tidbits on him but that's for another post. As you can clearly see his covers were taken directly from previously published work by Bolles, and this was true for the vast majority of Quintana's pulp covers. They were either complete copies of Bolles or composites taken from several covers. Movie Humor, having survived the case against it spawned its own copies, including Reel Humor, Movie Merry-Go-Round (both with more Bolles "inspired" covers by Quintana), Real Screen Fun, Screenies and the list goes on. All of these titles include covers that were clearly take from Bolles work and in the near future