Caricatures, Covers & Cha-cha-cha

21 11 2007


Game & Gossip, May 1932
Illustration by Xavier Cugat
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

You may be familiar with the name Xavier Cugat as the “Rhumba King,” the Cuban-Catalan bandleader who was largely responsible for popularizing Latin American music in the United States. You may not be aware that Cugat was also a talented cartoonist (and even worked for the Los Angeles Times)!

Recently I came across some of his 1932 covers for Game & Gossip, and a fold-out with 74 caricatures of the most popular Hollywood celebrities of the time. These included such diverse characters as (see list and key) Will Rogers, Rudy Vallee, Mary Pickford, The Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin.

See more Game & Gossip illustrations, covers and advertisements

Read more about Xavier Cugat…

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Six-Shooter Edition

24 10 2007


Six-shooter Edition
Illustration by J. Frederick Smith
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Ride ’em cowboy! This little rascal is using his dad’s slippered foot for a horse, while his father perfects that perfectly cool, pipe-smoking 50s demeanor. Gotta love the story title they chose to feature under his chair.

The cover illustration was drawn by J. Frederick Smith, known for his steamy illustrations and photographs. (read his obituary)

See more J. Frederick Smith illustrations in Leif Peng’s flickr stream.

For more old-timey kids in western wear, see the Vintage Kids as Cowpokes flickr pool…





Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

7 10 2007


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes.

I’ve been looking for the original first edition hardback of this novel by Anita Loos, with illustrations by Ralph Barton (one of my favorite illustrators) for ever so long.

Until then, this paperback edition (with the sultry cover illustration by Earle K. Bergey) will have to do. Check out the expressions on all those lecherous men, ogling the blond beauty and her substantial charms!

For hundred of other scintillating pulp covers, please visit my pulp cover collection, or the Flickr Pulp Fiction pool.