Thursday, September 26, 2019

A Double Vision!

Every now and then I run into images that seem just a bit too close to a Bolles to be pure happenstance.  A few years back I posted a cover from Esquire, that bore a striking resemblance to a classic Bolles cover. And when my friend and fellow Bolles fan, Alan let the editors of said magazine know about it, they were intrigued enough to publish his letter and the images their for readers to consider.  Here we see another case where the magazine cover, published in 1993 shares a lot of DNA with the painting Bolles did for a 1937 issue of Breezy Stories. Now I'm not suggesting the art director swiped the idea from Bolles but you can't ignore the obvious similarities. It also doesn't hurt to consider that Hugh Hefner, although obviously partial to Alberto Vargas, was a fan of Bolles' work as well.  The other coincidence is that the title of the feature story on the Breezy cover has the word Playboy on it!  Talk about seeing double!

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