|An older Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis,|
still vying for the mic
Bruce Stark's drawings and caricatures have been long-time favorites of mine ever since I first enjoyed them in the pages of the NY Daily News back in the late sixties. For 20 years, Stark was a staff cartoonist for the News, drawing sports and showbiz personalities. His 1973 Sunday pullout caricatures of the NY Mets & Yankees were particular favorites, and I collected and hung each one on my boyhood bedroom walls. Stark could adapt a similar style to Mad's Jack Davis and Mort Drucker, he'd even do a few assignments for Mad, (and Sick), but I always thought he had his own particular innovative, fun, snazzy style, which differentiated his work from those two caricature legends. Like Davis, he was also a master of capturing "energy" in his art, perfect for sports illustrations, and like both Davis and Drucker, he was great caricaturist and was particularly adept at drawing groups of people and crowd scenes. And like Sandy Kossin, he had the deft ability to switch styles, from realistic to more cartoony, depending on the assignment.
Bruce Stark passed away on Dec 29th, 2012...
Bruce Stark enjoyed his greatest popularity in the seventies & eighties, creating many colorful, funny, and energetic cover and interior images for TV Guide, as well as Time, Fortune, etc, as well as album covers and even a movie poster. Enjoy these samples of some of some of his best work...
|NY Daily News drawings: Celebrating Casey Stengel's 80th Birthday...|
All the portraits...
some examples of Bruce Stark's early fifties "Girlie art"...
and some larger samples...
|Some of the 1973 Stark NY Daily News Mets & Yankee team Pullout Posters:|
|Thurman Munson & Jerry Grote...|
and several More...
|In the late sixties, Stark did a couple of jobs for MAD magazine, including this wonderful Mort Drucker-esque movie star border art which MAD reused several times for this series by writer Harry Purvis.|
|This was the only movie parody Stark did for Mad, page one of "Throw Up", a parody of "Blow Up", and perhaps channeling Mort Drucker a bit too much.|
|Stark did these terrific caricatures of early seventies incarnations of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, still fighting for the mic, for the cover of this controversial biography by Arthur Marx, (son of Groucho), on the former comedy team.|
|Cast of "The Bob Newhart show"|
|1976 Time cover by Stark|
|Cast of "The Love Boat"|
|Cast of "Hill St. Blues"|
|interior art for TV Guide: Siskel & Ebert|
|Cast of "Cheers"|
|"TV's Top Moneymakers"|
TV Guide covers featuring Stark "spot" illustrations...
|Cover art for "The Best of TV Guide Crossovers"|
|another cover for "The Best of TV Guide Crossovers"|
|Frank Sinatra, singer/golfer|
thanks to Mark Chiarello, Zach Trenholm, John Wendler, and Gene Williams for first
suggesting a Bruce Stark tribute.