Alex Chun has a new volume available from Fantagraphics Books in his series which profiles the "few dollars a drawing" gag writers who sold work to the Humorama line of digest publications during the 1950s and into the early 1970s. As I have been writing on the lesser known artists who contributed, with the scant information available...I eagerly await the book!
I also collect the original drawings, and a good share of them have been posted on my blogs over the last few years...great stuff, and neglected ever since the women's movement made them even more offensive than we thought they were.
For those of you who do not know the Humorama books, which literally filled the racks when I was growing up, here is a sample of my favorite "issues" (as if one was any different from the other.) You will note the colors on the covers I pick are similar to those used on traffic lights. No coincidence. They were intended to stand out (make you stop, look both ways and carefully proceed to the checkout.)
I try to sniff out, dig up and write about one dead Humorama artist a month on VINTAGE SLEAZE . Some of those articles have also been collected on HUMORAMA ART. Feel free to browse and share.
Collection of various Humorama Publications circa 1957-1965 Collection Victor Minx
Buy the Alex Chun Book Below from Fantagraphics or your favorite seller. Mine is on order!
UPDATE: MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK IS HERE on VINTAGE SLEAZE the BLOG
DULL TOOL DIM BULB / VINTAGE SLEAZE BOOKS HERE