Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Carol triple play

Same story, illustrated with three completely different styles. A CHRISTMAS CAROL is such a familiar story does anyone need to have it explained to them?

First, Roberto Innocenti, the masterful Italian illustrator, has done a very moody version, with his London of the 1840s looking historically accurate. (Except for the ghosts, that is.)

John Groth was a World War II combat artist and was art director of ESQUIRE magazine for many years. His 1962 version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL shows a fast, loose pen and watercolor style. I got these scans from the defunct Illustration Station blog.

Finally, this sharp satire is from HUMBUG #6, 1957, drawn by Arnold Roth. There is now a deluxe slipcased two-volume set of the eleven issues of HUMBUG. These scans are courtesy of Pappy, who posted them originally in 2007.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Robert Innocenti, copyright © 1990 Roberto Innocenti

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, illustrated by John Groth, copyright © 1962, Macmillan Publishing

HUMBUG Copyright © 1957 Humbug Publishing
























2 comments:

  1. Enjoyed my little browse into your blog, interesting amazing art and I'll check back again and see what you have in store for the New Year.

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  2. Thanks for the look. I appreciate this kind of feedback.

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