(W) Bill Ward (A/CA) Bill Ward
Vintage glamour girl artist extraordinaire Bill Ward
gets the full Fantagraphics Studio Edition treatment
featuring Ward's most polished, fully realized pinups
from the 1950s and 1960s.
Bill Ward's glamour girls were the staples of countless men's and
humor magazines, where they shared the pages with cult models
like Bettie Page, Tina Louise, and Julie Newmar, and cartoons by
fellow "good girl" artists such as Archie's Dan Decarlo and Playboy's
Jack Cole. What set Ward apart - and above - his talented
contemporaries in terms of sheer image-making was his use of the
conte crayon. When drawn on simple newsprint stock, this potent
combination created Ward's trademark gossamer sheen on his women's thigh-high
This Fantagraphics Studio edition showcases the best of Ward's Humorama
work and includes a healthy number of what became known as his "telephone girls."
Tame by today's standards, Ward's telephone girls were always caught in candid
moments when they just happened to be talking on the phone dressed in gossamer
lingerie in innocently provocative poses.
Most of the images in this volume were drawn between 1955 and 1965 when Ward
was at the height of his skill. They have been scanned in super high resolution from
original art and reproduced to highlight every sheen and accentuate every curve to
its fullest. The book not only reproduces more than 150 of Ward's most beautifully
rendered illustrations, but also serves as a time capsule to a more innocent moment
in pop culture when these images were shocking.
The Fantagraphics Studio Edition also features an introduction by fashion/
style icon and burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese. An original pinup art collector
herself, Dita was mostly recently featured in Taylor Swift's music video "Bejeweled."
Alex Chun is a Los Angeles-based writer/editor focusing on all things pop culture.
Dita Von Teese is the brightest star in burlesque since Gypsy Rose Lee. As style icon
and muse to artists and photographers, she has appeared on magazine covers and
on the runways for the world's top designers.
In Shops: Jan 31, 2024
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