Robert Bonfils takes artistic inspiration and license from early supermodel Betty Brosmer for the cover of Lust Lodge in 1960. Betty was at the top of her game. Bonfils likely wished he were painting from life, eh? He gives Betty a camera. This is what it looks like when the most beautiful cover model is history meets the best paperback illustrator in history...in his mind.
Betty Brosmer is HERE
Robert Bonfils is HERE
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Master Illustrator L. B. Cole takes on the Teenagers! Tony Gay Ginger Bunn Midge Martin and Eve Adams
Highly regarded pulp illustrator L.B. Cole takes on teens! Earlier post and tribute to L. B. Cole is found HERE
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Our first vintage sleaze vintage squeeze is the beautiful Eve Meyer. You know who she was named after, but her original last name was Turner. Evelyn Turner. An Atlanta girl, 1928. That is a long time ago, but she is timeless.
Those of you into stats will appreciate knowing she was 5' 6" and 39-25-35
Eve was filmmaker and photographer Russ Meyer's muse, wife at times and producer for decades. It was Torrid. Russ loved her like he loved no other. It would take a very special woman indeed to put up with Mr. Meyer's obsessions, but Eve had what it took. She produced ten of his films.
In a horrible tragedy, Ms. Meyer perished in a horrible airplane accident which took the lives of 335 others. She was 48 years old.
A very scarce early film portrait of the model is on youtube. Ignore the horrible music.
Russ Meyer is HERE
Master comic book artist Will Eisner lubes up the troops in his PS Magazine, a dicey little "preventive maintenance" magazine for all the soldiers out there who needed a pretty dame to trick them into becoming professional grease monkeys. Typically 8 pages (Hmm…an eight pager…) the patriotic penman did his best for the boys. Soldiers then were like the kids now. Read?
Eisner even carried over his wartime hero "Joe Dope" into the service of the service service manual! Here Joe Dope imagines himself kissing himself as himself as a woman!
Eisner is, of course, a cartoonist's cartoonist and responsible for The Spirit among many other things...but as far as I know His PS Preventive Maintenance Pulps are seldom shown.
The manual lasted a long time…started in 1951 with the unwinnable Korean War, it continued into the unwinnable Vietnam war and Mr. Eisner was flown over to the conflicts to better understand the needs of the fighting men.
Needless to say, these would not be the tools used to train today. Not in TODAY'S army...
Donna is Different and so is the Designer Novel Books of Chicago Gets a Clean New Dirty Look Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks
Cruddy Novel Books, the bottom of the guttter in Vintage Sleaze Paperback Books clean up their covers with the help of a modern designer! Once cluttered with some of the worst book covers in history, the new line had clean, modern lines...of junk!
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Like everyone who grew up when I did, Zap Comix was as common in the dorm as a textbook. Before then, we all knew Ed "Big Daddy" Roth too, but that there was a connection? Not I. A decade later, I visited the Psychedelic Solution Gallery a few times in Manhattan, again missing the connection. It wasn't until prominent gallerest Tony Shafrazi held a Robert Williams exhibition that I drew the thread across my brain…and that the same artist was responsible for Juxtapose magazine too? I saw his show at Shafrazi, and a year later at the Whitney Biennial. It took a ball-peen hammer of historical perspective and art world legitimacy for me to realize I knew the artist's work as long as I knew myself.
Now that the most interesting documentary Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin' is available on DVD and streaming, others can learn to appreciate the artist who I didn't get for decades too. Robert Williams is now legend, and he has been to several generations of us all, but sometimes you don't know who your influences are until stepping back and thinking on it. There is considerable thought in this documentary. I would write "Mr. Williams is most notable for…" but the completion of that sentence is as complicated as one of his paintings.
Williams was born in 1943 and as such he has been able to ride from hot rods to surf to acid and on to punk and low-brow. Whether he adapted with each phase, or the phases adapted to him is a good question. This colorful, informative and entertaining documentary reveals an affable fellow serious about his art, but not one wound up in the trappings of either fame or notoriety. Humble, modest, good-intentioned and bright. Disciplined as well, though that is not a word one might use to describe him until you see him paint detail with literally one hair in the brush…I was reminded of the great primitive painter Victor Joseph Gatto, who did the same until he lost his eyesight. Williams is far smarter though.
A common dictum in film and television is that documentaries of painters won't work, because all the camera does is focus on flat things hanging on a wall. Mr. Bitchin' avoids that first because the paintings leap at you by nature of their intricate detail and vibrant color, but even more so because the person who paints them is such a damn interesting fellow to watch. Only a documentary on Robert Williams could have interview segments with both big band musician Artie Shaw and little band musician Slash and still make sense.
A noble accomplishment for first time director Nancye Ferguson and Mary Reese. Recommended. Enjoy the trailer.
The website for Mr. Bitchin is HERE
Robert Williams Website is HERE
Madeline Christy (Pseudonym) Reveals where all those 4 x 5 dirty pictures are coming from. Camera Clubs Whisper 1953
Conclusion: She Learned the hard way.
Whisper Magazine 1953
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Whisper Magazine 1953
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Greatest Moments in Vintage Sleaze Number 24 Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi Upstages Shirley MacLaine in Irma La Douce Tura Santana
Tura Santana cleans up well to play a Paris Prostie in Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce in 1963. How the academy overlooked her is beyond me, but Director Billy Wilder can be seen in production stills fussing over her bust line...in her big scene Tura wore tassels OUTSIDE of her top and they still worked. She plays Suzette Wong.
Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi needs no introduction. Tura needs NOTHING because Tura had it all. Which is why she was dancing in clubs, yes, THAT kind of club, by the age of 15.
Two years later Tura would tear up the desert for Russ Meyer. Taken advantage of while young, she learned. She insisted on owning her image...so everytime Russ wanted to repackage his greatest film, he had to obtain her permission or pay her.
TURA SANTANA is here.
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Stanley Rayon was one of the great girlie pin-up gag cartoonists of his generation, but he has been neglected by cartoon scholars. Seriously neglected. With dozens of magazine covers, hundreds (probably thousands) of works in print, there was still virtually NOTHING available on the artist when we started looking and asking several years ago. Even the International Animated Film Society has had a long standing request for any information on the artist. Vintage Sleaze had posted no less than three requests (linked below) to no avail. One of those artists who sold work to Humorama but far more, and all with a characteristic "goofy" look with splendid, seemingly effortless lines clean lines. A major talent lost.
Good news arrived not long ago from a relative of the artist, his great-niece Kirsten Cook. Even better , Kirsten has done what should have been done decades ago! She has created a beautiful, authoritative, well-researched very colorful website devoted to Stanley Rayon. It is lovely. If only every major talent from the early days of pulp had such an advocate. A magnificent job, and we are very pleased Kirsten agreed to fill us in on her search for the story of Stanley Rayon!
Ms. Cook is a graphic designer (which will be more the evident when you click to the site she has created) and she also claims to be a trouble-maker. We need more of them. The cartoonist would be very proud of her work and to know he has not been forgotten. Ms. Cook, and her story searching for Mr. Rayon is below.
How did you first hear of Stanley Rayon?
I first heard of Stanley Rayon when helping my mother digitize all of her family photos for her ongoing genealogy research. I came across a photo of my Great Aunt Yvone and asked about her husband because I didn't have any memories of him. When she started to describe Stanley and his cartoons, I thought what a shame it was I never had the opportunity to meet this man. I think we would have gotten along marvelously! When I asked what happened to all of his cartoons and artwork, she had no clue. She said, "I think I have something in the attic" and sure enough she pulled out a cute cartoon of a bare bottom baby hanging up clothes with a puppy pulling at the apron strings. (this image can be seen on the website under private works).
I have always been a very curious, determined person and I just had to find out more about Stanley. So of course the first thing I did was Google him. What do I find but the "Vintage Sleaze" blog and the pleas for more information. I did not think this was the same Stanley Rayon, but the drawing style matched. I've taken years of art and there is no denying someone's line style and line weight. Also, the signature matched exactly to the one example of his work I had in my possession.
Was it a surprise that some of his work was a little risque?
Discovering his most prominent work was risque WAS news to me and everyone else currently alive that knew him!
Maybe he would have shared the cartoons with his brothers, but they all died in their late 50's. His nephews (now in their 80s) might have been privy to the content, but if so they sure are really good at faking shock. Now his nephews are big fans of the risque stuff and are very interested in thumbing through the vintage magazines I've purchased.
I'm sure his wife was aware of the content of his cartoons because it appears that she continued to submit some of his drawings after his death by way of the cartoonist Jack Lohr. I have found several cartoons with the Jack Lohr stamp on the back and has Mrs. Stanley Rayon as the person to remit payment to.
(Vintage sleaze note: We wondered about that relationship in an earlier post)
Why do you think Mr. Rayon's work has become more obscure than some of his contemporaries?
His obscurity has a great deal to do with his short life. Had he lived to a ripe old age, I believe his talent and the changing of our culture would have brought him to the forefront. You also need a champion, and I think his work was not something that his wife or anyone else for that matter wanted to shout about from the rooftops, especially in the 1940s and 1950s. Also, the work was published in magazines most men at the time would not admit to buying. I can only imagine the whispers and looks you would get being a girlie magazine cartoonist, or wife of one in that time.
Why take the time to do all the research and create a website?
I've always had a love of history and felt that maybe I was born in the wrong time. I guess I felt a kinship with Stanley, I get his sense of humor and love that he was brave enough to tackle some of the subject matter he did at the time. I love the artwork, I have incredible respect for how simple he makes it look and I know how difficult it is to make something look so simple. Finally, I felt it was a shame that his memory wasn't being honored. Frankly, I might be in trouble by some relatives for bringing this to the surface, but I'll take the heat. I'm not necessarily the black sheep, I'm more of a dark horse. I think Stanley was the same.
If you take a moment to check the links here, you will see Kristen has not only created a fitting tribute to the work of Stanley Rayon, but one so good it should become a model we can only hope will be followed as other artists from the 1950s are documented.
Stanley Rayon the Website is HERE
The biographical portion of the site is HERE and numerous examples of his work and bibliographical material is HERE and HERE.
(Posts from Vintage Sleaze on the artist are HERE and HERE)
What can I tell you about Rififi Suspense Magazine? Nothing other than a that a girl in distress in a red dress is the universal theme for pulp. Early 1960s magazines. A fellow is selling them on ebay, and we might as well give him the vintage sleaze bump. Plus it could take decades for someone else to post them online, and by that time they will be lost to the acid-based paper inherent to the genre.
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Bettie Page and the Designer Living Dangerously. Ford Atmos Space Age Car and the Best Auto Model in the Business
Is that Miss Bettie Page riding in a space-age concept car produced by Ford in 1954? A car which 60 years ago was designed to do what the hands-free Google car is attempting today? Of COURSE it is, as it now appears the model was having an affair with the married designer sitting next to her.
This used to be a big controversy in the little Bettie Page underground. Is it her? (whisper…) Well, of course it is her, and that is her boyfriend at the time, space age designer Richard Arbib at the wheel. Well "grips" actually, as the design was steered like an airplane.
Arbib is pretty famous. Not Bettie Page famous, but still. He designed automobiles, watches, boats…anything hi-tech and futuristic. He also had designs for Bettie. One of his designs was on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 1956.
The racy little number above (The CAR, not the model) is the Atmos. Alas, it never went into production, but it did get Ford some cool publicity back during the atomic age.
The Whose Dated Who site gives Bettie and Richard's coupling an "R" for Relationship, but they can upgrade that to encounter. Seemingly multiple encounters, as one source says their affair lasted three years. Decades after his death, his son confirmed Arbib had a "secret romance" with Miss Page. According to The Daily Beast, Abib himself admits on a tape recording having sex with the model in a car on the side of a road! In the Mark Mori flick Bettie Page Reveals All they apparently run the tape but I haven't heard it. I'm waiting for streaming. Apparently he further claims "she liked sex and was good at it." He kisses and tells!
As I have not seen the film, I can only go on printed sources, and the one from Not in the Hall of Fame seems most definitive. "And a fella by the name of Richard Arbib became the love in her life. The industrial designer of very stylish automobiles and wrist watches left his wife for Bettie. And then he left Bettie to return to his wife, only to leave his wife again for Bettie, but by then couldn’t find her. Apparently letting Bettie get away was the biggest regret of his life."
But lets go onto the photos. There isn't much to go on, so I pursued the photo as though I were looking for Oswald's buddy on the grassy knoll. I found an original press release photograph, shown above, and dropped a bundle to purchase it. The cost of several gallons of gas. Years ago a nameless internet Bettie Page fan speculated that someone could have taken an X-Atco knife and dropped her into the picture! Well, if they did, they did it as early as 1954, because the press release photograph from that year (plus the article which ran in Mechanix Illustrated) are both dated that year. Plus EVERYONE had to be dropped into the car…it had no doors and they had to unscrew the bubble top to do it. Henceforth, the previously known "monster" cover of Mechnix Illustrated can be known as the one with Bettie in a bucket seat.
If someone did place a sliced image of Bettie into the car, they did it LONG before anyone would have cared. The press photograph is dated March 22, 1954 on the reverse, and it was released March 11, 1954. There is a pretty funny youtube clip of the car below. I don't know who to credit for lovely photo of Mr. Arbib and Miss Page on the floor of an automobile show, but thanks to the photographer. It was found on the Bettie Page Forever site, and If anyone knows more about the source, write in.
NOTES: 1954 press release for the Atmos collection Victor Minx.
Mechanix Illustrated May 1954
Newsweek September 3, 1956
A Press Release for the Ford FX-Atmos is HERE on Chuck's ToyLand Site.
Other sources embedded in text.
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Two Spring covers from Volitant Publishers! Giggles & Gags & Girls & Gaiety Chop Through the Snow. NEVER has my state needed an easter bunny so badly.
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