Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mort Drucker's Medal of Honor


The legendary artist Mort Drucker was the first recipient of the National Cartoonist Society's new Medal of Honor.

Mort received the medal at the NCS convention's banquet in Washington, DC in late May, 2015. I was delighted that my portrait of Mort, created for my recent book "Heroes of the Comics" was used for the poster to herald the event.

NCS president and MAD artist Tom Richmond blogs about Mort Drucker recieving the award here:

http://www.tomrichmond.com/blog
the poster created for the event (click to enlarge)
my friend, Simpsons director David Silverman caught
attempting to make off with the poster

Three legendary Morts meet at the banquet:
Mort Drucker, Mort Gerberg, Mort Walker

thanks to David Folkman who designed the
poster and took the photo of the 3 Morts


Friday, May 29, 2015

The Naked Bunch


The Naked Bunch was a booklet containing 23 full page B&W caricatures by illustrator Peter Green of then current show business, political and sports celebrities, all naked. The text is credited to Rochelle Larkin who most likely simply suggested the humorous and in some cases obvious mock genitlia props specific to each celebrity.
title page

 The book, published by Alexicon Corp in 1970 might have seemed like a clever idea at the time, and was beautifully realized by Peter Green, but it's been long out of print and for the most part long forgotten.
the book's cover

The very talented Peter Green, whose style here reminds me of a combination of David Levine and Bruce Stark, would create the art for the hugely popular "Politicards" two years later which I've blogged about here:

http://drewfriedman.blogspot.com/2012/06/1971-politicards.html

Some of Peter Green's terrific caricatures scanned from The Naked Bunch:

Dean Martin
Frank Sinatra

Sammy Davis Jr.

Tiny Tim

Lawrence Welk

John & Yoko

Shirley Temple

Hugh Hefner

Joe Namath

Mickey Mantle

Mayor Richard Daley

Jackie Onassis

Richard Nixon




All the images from the book combined (click to enlarge):





Thanks To John Wendler


Monday, May 25, 2015

1960's Comedians for VIP magazine by Bill Utterback


Bill Utterback was hired to work in the art department of Playboy magazine in Chicago in the mid-1960's and soon began drawing in-house caricatures of various staffers. When Playboy launched VIP, (Very Important Playboys),
for members of their then-popular Playboy clubs, Bill Utterback created the B&W watercolor portraits of the musicians, singers and especially the "hip" comedians who were booked at the clubs, sometimes up to eight per issue.

Comics Jackie Curtiss, Shelley Berman, Mort Sahl
Many of his, (enlarged), portraits of performers would hang in the various Playboy clubs to promote the performer's appearences. I've blogged about the art of Bill Utterback and recently presented his work at a Society of Illustrators talk with fellow illustrator Stephen Kroninger on Forgotten Caricaturists Remembered.
http://drewfriedman.blogspot.com/2012/01/bill-utterback-in-vip-magazine.html
Since then, many more of Utterback's 1960's/1970's VIP Comedian images have been unearthed thanks to my friend, pop-culture historian John Wendler. Most if not all of these wonderful silhouettees of comics, many long forgotten, haven't been seen since they were first published in VIP and even then, only by members of the Playboy Clubs. If you're seeing these for the first time, enjoy:

a two-page Entertainer Calender spread from VIP using Bill Utterback's caricatures