Monday, 28 September 2015

L'Homme Qui Ramassait Les Épingles┃Plexus Magazine (1968)

L'Homme Qui Ramassait Les Épingles

A double page illustration from Plexus, which accompanied an overview of L'Homme Qui Ramassait Les Épingles by Pierre Boulle,  a short story by the author originally published as part of a collection of fictional work under the title Histories Charitable in 1965.  Although he is probably best known for two of his earlier novels The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and The Planet of the Apes (1963). There is quite an amount of information about Boulle and his work online, much less so regarding the illustrator, I've searched, but nothing definite has surfaced so far, unless perhaps i've somehow misread his signature? I'm pretty sure it's signed as Panos, but i've included a close-up for your perusal in the final scan! 

1960s psychedelic illustration Panos


Image scanned by Sweet Jane from PLEXUS issue No. 12. 1968. Illustration by Panos (?) for an original story by Pierre Boulle. I have previously featured the work of many other Plexus illustrators, some of which you can view here & also here and via any of the associated labels at the end of this post. Read about Pierre Boulle The French spy who wrote Planet of the Apes. A review of  The Bridge on the River Kwai (film adaptation). A complete history of  Planet of the Apes. And finally, a Pierre Boulle bibliography here.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Aubrey Beardsley Influence? Alan Parry poster Illustration┃Rave Magazine (1967)

Alan Parry for Rave Magazine

I'm quite taken with this illustration by Alan Parry for Rave magazine—it was scanned from a minuscule paragraph measuring 2''x1¼'' on the editor's page announcing the 'Rave of the Month' poster which was included in the December 1967 issue as a pull-out Christmas present to readers. But, it caught my eye nonetheless, so i've enlarged it to take a closer look...I think what drew me in, were all the very obvious Glasgow Style/Art Nouveau and Beardsley influences which were so prevalent around this time. The finished poster is an incredible full colour psychedelic version of the same design—spread out over a double-page, which I will digitise in due course, although I think it works really well in basic black and white too. I also think that Alan Parry is fast becoming a favourite illustrator. He was a regular contributor to RAVE, as well as many other publications, but i've recently discovered that he also illustrated the 'Man About the House' comic-strip for Look-In magazine, which has endeared him to me even more so.


Very evident Art Nouveau influences on display indeed! but not quite the Aubrey Beardsley or Glasgow Style as first suspected, but something more specific it would seem. By pure chance I recently happened to see an online invitation to an event taking place on New Year's Eve...the similarities between the illustration in the advertisement and this particular illustration were undeniable, so I investigated a little further and have found what I now believe to be the original source of inspiration in this 1907 New Year's Greeting card  below by Ethel Larcombe via a fantastic blog named The Pictorial Arts. Personally speaking, I don't think the obvious 'likeness' detracts from the Alan Parry poster design. Ethel Larcombe is a wonderful artist and one that I wasn't previously aware of, as she modestly only initialed her work, so I had some difficulty tracking her down. Therefore I would also like to say a special Thank You to Jo from Joyatri's Adventures in Vintage for filling in the blanks. You'll find further links to Ethel Larcombe and her work at the end of the page. (updated January 11th, 2016). 

Image scanned by Sweet Jane from RAVE magazine, December, 1967. Illustration by Alan Parry. Examples of Alan Parry's illustrations for the Man About the House comic-strip & more here. View one of my previous posts featuring the artwork of Alan Parry for Rave. And it would seem that i'm not the only fan of his work. The Aubrey Beardsley influence here. A Lecture by Alison Brown, curator for European Decorative Art at Glasgow Museums on Beardsley’s influence on the Glasgow Style here. And finally, watch Man About the House, Season 1 Episode 1, first screened on ITV 15th of August 1973 hereEthel Larcombe New Year Greeting card (1907) courtesy of The Pictorial Arts blogspot. A brief biography of Ethel Larcombe & examples of her artwork  plus some more examples on tumblr.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Champion Advert (1970)


Take a tip from AMA Grand National Champion Mert Lawwill ― always ride with spark plugs made by Champion! Send for Champion's #1 Cycle Poster. It's 17'' x 22'' big. Printed in full color. And it's just $1.00. CHAMPION #1, Department CP, P.O. Box 910, Toledo, Ohio 43601.

Image scanned from US CYCLE Magazine, October 1970 for the Sweet Jane blog with thanks to Brad Jones. Artist uncredited. Visit the official website of Mert Lawwill motorcycle racer here. Watch ON ANY SUNDAY, the 1971 documentary on motorcycle racing, featuring stars of the sport, including Mert Lawwill and  film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right here.