Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Block Of The Ol' Chip

Saturday Leftover Day.

So here are some more Chip Martin ads from Boy's Life, which I strongly suspect are by Neal Adams. I have quite a complete run for 1965 and they were not in every issue. If you follow the tag, you'll see some others I have placed earlier (some even last year). I have no issues for 1963 and 1964, but the Chip Martin ads in 1961 (signed by Tom Scheuer, but possibly with inking assistance by Adams) enden before the end of the year. I don't know whether the series was continued in the intenvening years or picked up towards 1965. For 1966 I have one in the januari isse and none in the july issue. So that may have been a short run as well.

April 1965:

Nov 1965:

Dec 1965:

Jan 1966:

As a comparison I have a couple of unsigned Scheuer pieces from Boy's Life. He actually did quite a lot for them and became one of their prim artists for this magazine after Greig Flessel, Leonard Starr and Irv Novick left. I will devote some attention to Novick later, who did the bulk of the Boy's Life illustrations in the fifties. Where he left in the sixties, I don't know. He ended up at DC, but I think that was later. The first one is one of several wash pieces Tom Scheuer did.

April 1965:

Jan 1966:

The next page is a very early Scouts in Action by Elmer Wexler. According to Neal Adams Wexler was a permanent fixture at Johnstone and Cushing and a big influence on everyone. Unfortunately he rarely signed his work (although there is one sample if you follow the tag). Here he draws and signs this early sample of the Scouts in Action feature. Scouts in Action was drawn by a lot of artists. I have one that ooks lke Alex Kotsky was involved some that look like Lou Fine's work (although that could be Kortzky as well), some that look like Leonard Starr's work, some that are unsigned but are clearly by Jack King, one of the lesser artists involved with Johnstone and Cushing and Boy's Life (he seems to be the artist who also drew a lot of the Disney movie adatations for their Sunday feature; you know, the one that's not Jesse Mash) and in 1965 the job had fallen to Tom Scheuer.

December 1952:

And to end this, here are two more color ads that are clearly drawn by Adams. At this point he was busy drawing six dailies and a Sunday of Ben Casey, but he clearly coudn't resist the superior payment of these ads. I don't think he had a studio yet, back then. But it must have occurred to him that the advertising world was a place to make a lot of money.

September 1965:

July 1966:

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