I write about cheesecake gag cartoonists on the sister site Vintage Sleaze, but for a time the much admired (and, now, finally, much respected) Basil Wolverton had his work printed in the line of Humorama (Timely Features, the forerunner of Marvel comics) pinup gag digests I study. Far from cheesecake or pinup girls, as you can see, Wolverton's work must have been included in the Humorama magazines not because it was titillating, but because it was pretty damn good.
Wolverton made up as many words as the characters he drew. One panel here contains fourteen sound effects, and there have been entire articles based on the words he created.
Monte Wolverton, the artist's son, fell so close to the tree he climbed up it! A successful editorial cartoonist, sculptor and fine artist Monte is just as interesting as Dad. His work appears in no less than 850 publications weekly and he regularly shows work in galleries around the country. The Monte Wolverton website is delightful. In addition to an up-to-date display of his work, the site is a tribute to the work of his father. See some of his colorful work below (and on his site)
|Monte Wolverton Installation View Peculiarium Gallery Portland|
|Basil Wolverton Image from The Apocalypse|
MONTE WOLVERTON WEBSITE is HERE