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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

One for the ladies

Friday, March 17, 2006

...and for at least some of the gentlemen as well, no doubt.

I don't have a very large sampling of Cosmopolitan magazines from the 50's so I couldn't say if an early moon rising was a regular occurance in those pages but I have to say this is the only example I've ever seen of this phenomenon.

Leave it to Cosmo art editor Frank Eltonhead to choose illustrator Austin Briggs to render the bare essentials. No other illustrator of the time could better present Cosmo's readers with such a manly man. Its fun to imagine what sort of image might have emerged from Cosmo regular Jon Whitcomb's paint brush by comparison!

With this image we conclude our look at the naked 50's - but this piece by Briggs provides the perfect segue to introduce next week's topic: Austin Briggs - and if you think today's illustration was risqué, wait 'til you see what I've got in store for you on Monday!


  1. I'm smellin some Briggs 'Flash Gordon' on the horizon perhaps?

  2. Hhmmm... not that I have anything against Brigg's Flash Gordon, Dom, but I think I'll leave his comic art to others and showcase his "straight" illustration work here. :-)

  3. I can't argue with a butt like that! Ya posted this just for me, didn't you? :P

  4. You bet, Luc! ;-)





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