Monday, February 22, 2010

Bolles on Ice. Very Nice!

Sorry for the long absence. Blame it on my day job.

In celebration of the winter Olympics I thought it only appropriate to feature one of the sports and also a classic theme in pinup. It was probably George Petty, with his series of paintings for the Ice Capades programs, who did more to popularize the theme of pinup on ice than any other artist. But he certainly wasn't the only illustrator to mine that vein. Our man Enoch produced some fine examples, including this one from the January 1942 issue of Film Fun. Included below for your edification is Bolles' pencil sketch for the cover. Bolles produced at least three other preliminary drawings and to me it's interesting that after nearly two decades of Film Fun covers--and in the final months of the magazine--Bolles was still at it, working on different poses to come up with just the right version.

I've also posted another nice skating cover from Breezy Stories. Sorry for the condition of this issue, but I only have the scan and am not sure what year it was published. If I had to guess it would be 1935, but the odd thing is that this cover has a 'real' Bolles signature, and not the engraved version I wrote about in a previous entry. As far as I know it's the only cover of Breezy he actually signed.

I don't know about you but I think our Bolles girl deserves a perfect score of 10 for artistry.

3 comments: said...

I really appreciate your inclusion of the sketch in this entry!

Jack R said...

It really is enlightening, isn't it. I've got about 20 more I'll be sharing (not mine personally, unfortunately)in later posts.

Anonymous said...

It's a pity Bolles did so many hot flappers in flat as a pancake body suits and stage tights. The 1920s was awash with lusterous silk bloomers and sexy satin panties, maybe glossy underpants were not to his taste?