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More cheesecake!!

I have always loved the good girl art.  From Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas to Frank Cho and Dave Stevens.  So a little more eye candy art to finish of my little love fest.  For now.

This fun one mixes sci-fi and humor with a little fetishistic goodness.

From 1989, this one was a little hard to find as it was if I recall, done for one of the smaller publishers.







This sexy number mixes the old style pin ups from the 50’s with a little more modern style and sex appeal.  I don’t care for most of the modern artists that try this kind of stuff.  They border on porn and I don’t care for the mix.  Sexy and fun: yes, lewd and pornographic; no.

The style of art here is the female form at an idealized and romanticized level to be sure, but it is fun and non threatening.  There is something to be said for the kind of picture that I would not be embarrassed for my wife to see.

This was from a comic series in the 1980.  It was published by Eclipse comics, former home of what I called Miracleman, British kids in the 50’s called Marvelman and, if it ever sees print again now that Marvel owns it, Marvelman again.  This was one of the few real standouts artwise from Eclipse at the time.  They had more than their fair share of greats working for them at the time, but most have failed to be remembered.  Zot! being one of the few others.





Another stunner here.  I forget where specifically this one is from except it was the Bettie character from The Rocketeer.








Another fun one from Eclipse.  Created by writer Mark Evanier and artist Will Meugniot.

This is a series I would like to see come back too.



Can’t claim to care much about where this one comes from.  But for the pedants out there it is another Rocketeer selection.

His most famous creation.






Gotta love me some Mr. Monster.  Micheal T Gilbert was largely responsible for this character showing up in comics in the 80’s.  A HUGE amount of fun while it lasted.









Lastly, this gem.  Naughty, fun and sexy all in one very stylish package.  A very retro feel that invokes the 1950’s very effectively.

Ok.  enough of the girls.  Dave Stevens was a fabulous artist that deserves a chance with any art fan.

If any of what you have seen here appeals to you, check out the book Brush With Passion; The Art of Dave Stevens.  You wont regret it.

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Dave Stevens

A new header today.  March 11 2008 one of the finest artists that has ever graced a comics page died.  I thought this week I would post a few of his pieces here for all to enjoy.  Starting with the header.  See the full piece at the bottom of this post since it will not stay as the header.  This is a Bettie Page colored pencil drawing that I fell in love with the moment I saw it.  I cannot afford original art, so I usually have to content myself with little things like this.  At conventions, like C2E2 coming up in just a few days, I get the convention sketchbooks and other items from the artists I like when they are there.  I have been incredibly fortunate to meet most of my favorite artists and authors.  Unfortunately Dave Stevens was not one of them.  Like Douglas Adams he is one of those people that I would have given almost anything to meet and speak with.

Here is another fun piece, this one fully rendered.  From 1985 this is one of the first ones I recall seeing and immediately thought it was the coolest thing since Gil Elvgren, another of my favorites.  So much fun and so ghoulish at the same time.  What really got me about this one was the use of color.  The figure is as flatly colored as it can be and still appear real while the pumpkins and the surprise within them are as richly vibrant as possible, lending something akin to hyper realism.  As with all the best of the classic pin up artists, he never loses that sense of fun.  This one is clearly meant to be as tounge in cheek as possible while maintaining that creepy hint.



Now for a little cheesecake…

Looks a little bitchy to me.  Kinda young too.  He always had a way of putting his own spin on an established character without loosing the essential familiar aspects of it.

This is one of my favorites.  A little Marilyn, a little Jayne Mansfield and even a little Dorothy Stratton.

The softness of the drawing creates a mood that has a little sadness in it.  But he never forgets to bring the sexy.

Oh no!  Nudity!  Gasp!
Dont worry kids, mommy will understand.
A genuine cheesecake shot.  This is one of his specialities.  He could have sex and an alluring quality without being lewd or even remotely smutty.  Something that a lot of the modern pin up artists have never mastered, let alone forgotten.
More to come later on this artist…

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