Sunday, August 30, 2009

George Petty wants your tool to be Ridgid

George Petty was a popular American pin-up artist for several decades. His work appeared in advertisements and in ESQUIRE Magazine. These illustrations are taken from 1952 and 1953 calendars produced for Ridgid Tools.Petty died in 1975.

You can read more about Petty here.

Many thanks to the anonymous scanner who made these pin-ups available online.

Copyright © 1952, 1953 Ridgid Tool Company

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More Feiffer on Marriage

The second half of FEIFFER ON MARRIAGE by Jules Feiffer. Published 1962.

The first half is here.

Copyright © 1962, 1967 Jules Feiffer

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"That's a sore down there..."

When MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman first went to EC Comics he was unaware the name had been changed to Entertaining Comics from its original name, Educational Comics. Maxwell Gaines, who started EC after selling his All American Comics line to National (DC) Comics, died in a boating accident in 1947, and his son, Bill, took over the company.

Kurtzman was partly right, because EC published commercial giveaway comic books. LUCKY FIGHTS IT THROUGH, which was Kurtzman's first work for EC, published in 1949, is a giveaway public health comic book about syphilis, using a cowboy theme. It's Educational Comics, but it's also Entertaining Comics!

The OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE lists the original giveaway of LUCKY FIGHTS IT THROUGH as "very rare," so this printing is from the deluxe EC fanzine, SQUA TRONT #7, published in 1977, the first issue from then new publisher John Benson.

Copyright © 1977 John Benson

Sunday, August 23, 2009


A couple of days ago I posted one of Clay Geerdes' comix. Here's a comic written, drawn and self-published by Geerdes' friend and neighbor, David Miller. Dave is not only a talented cartoonist, but is administrator of Geerdes' estate, which includes thousands of photographs taken in the Bay Area during the 1960s through the mid-1990s. Dave has contributed several items from his own massive cartoon and comic art collection to this blog, and also to Pappy's.

Miller is also one of the contributors to Brit Rock By The Bay.

You can write to David with inquiries about rights to Clay Geerdes' photos, or just to say hello, at