Great American Pin-Up (Jumbo Series) by Charles
G. Martignette, Louis K. Meisel
They've been exciting generations of men, on calendars
and covers, as centrefolds or even on playing cards:
pin-ups. What started as an exercise in oils was
soon taken up in various media - pin-up mascots
graced the fuselages of American fighters, and became
an essential feature of the male world of garages
and barracks. And the age of political correctness
hasn't ended their appeal.
This book tells the tale of a genre as utterly
American as the paintings of Edward Hopper, describing
its origins and development in detail and showcasing
the most important artists. With over 900 illustrations,
The Great American Pin-Up is one of the first comprehensive
studies of the genre to appear anywhere.
This book gets my highest recommendation! Mr Meisel
was kind enough to give his approval of this site.
If you are ever in SoHo, do yourself a favor and
look up his
gallery. If you're in luck, he'll be exhibiting
some original pin-up artwork!
: His Life & Art Limited Edition of 1950
by Max Allan Collins, Drake Elvgren
Winner of the 1999 Editor's Choice Award by The
Independent Publisher's Association.
Gil Elvgren has been
called the "Norman Rockwell
of cheesecake," a fitting designation for one
of the finest American illustrators. Had Elvgren
not fallen into creating "pretty girl"
calendar and advertising art, he might have earned
a reputation to rival Rockwell's as a painter of
idyllic images of family life. Probably it is for
the best that Elvgren's career had so limited a
focus. Certainly, several generations of American
men who have admired Elvgren's glowingly gorgeous
women would not regret the artist's choice of subject
Drake Elvgren has made exclusive to Collectors
Press his father's complete personal archive. Bursting
at the seams are meticulously choreographed photos
of Elvgren's real-life models posing for Brown &
Bigelow pin-ups and advertising works for Coca-Cola,
Serta Mattress, NAPA,
and many more. Included are transparent pages of
models posing, overlaying the finished piece for
comparison. A fascinating, first-hand approach to
the genius of Elvgren's technique.
Elvgren: All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups
(Jumbo) by Charles G. Martignette, Louis K. Meisel
Post-depression USA was in desperate need of a
defining iconography that would lift it out of the
black and white doldrums, and it came in the form
of Gil Elvgren's technicolor
fantasies of the American dream. From the Forties
to the Sixties his painted adverts and posters for,
among others, Coca-Cola
and Pangburn's Chocolates, as well as the long-running
Brown and Bigelow calendars, were a bright red white
and blue account of the country's aspirations and
As the country plunged into war Elvgren provided
the troops with pin-up girls galore. His technique
involved photographing models and then painting
them into gorgeous hyper-reality, with longer legs,
more flamboyant hair and gravity-defying busts,
and in the process making them the perfect moral-boosting
eye-candy for every homesick private.
Elvgren defined the classic "pop" vision
of Americana, a bold visualisation that has been
endlessly appropriated and recycled in advertising,
TV, film and art. His style is instantly recognisable.
Dubbed "The Norman Rockwell
of cheesecake", Elvgren's images combine desire
for a better life with nostalgia for the nation's
innocent apple-pie past.
Best of Gil Elvgren by Reid Stewart Austin
For the first time, Brown & Bigelow, the renowned
calendar printer presents, "The Best of Gil
Elvgren" poster book. This exceptional collection
of calendar images exemplifies why Gil
Elvgren is considered the master of pinup art.
This poster book is offered as the first in a collector's
series. Printed full color.
Dreams: The Glamour Art of Rolf Armstrong by
Janet Dobson, Michael Wooldridge
Rolf Armstrong's luminous
portraits of famous actresses and idealized girls-next-door
made him one of the highest paid commercial artists
in America. Widely considered the 'Father of Pin-Up
Artists,' his first calendar pin-up, created in
1919, defined the vision of feminine beauty for
the next forty years. Today, the very same characteristics
that defined Armstrong's art in the first place:
grace, vibrancy, and an indescribable lifelike quality,
are attracting a growing number of modern art devotees
the Boys : The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II
by Max Allan Collins
The First-Ever Book Devoted Exclusively to Pin-Ups
and the War
For the Boys is a profusely illustrated scrapbook
of World War II pin-up memorabilia. Over 500 color
images showcase nosecone art, postcards, pin-up
calendars, cartoons, matchbooks, and playing cards
sent from the homefront to boost morale. There's
even an events calendar chronicling the progress
of the war.
The lively text chronicles the story of the pin-up
girl in World War II - from such Hollywood movie
goddesses as Betty Grable
and Rita Hayworth, to
the fabulous dream girls of calendar artists like
Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas.
Join us on this sentimental reminder of the all-American
good life these GIs were fighting for.
Armstrong: The Dream Girls (Vignettes) by Ben
Stevens, et al
Widely considered to be the "Father of Pin-Up
Artists," Rolf Armstrong's
first calendar pin-up, "Dream Girl" in
1919, defined the vision of feminine beauty, which
dominated the genre for the next four decades. Armstrong's
legions of admirers continue to grow.
Page Confidential by Stan Corwin Productions,
Bunny Yeager (Photographer)
Curvaceous, friendly and wholesome-looking, Playboy
pinup Betty Page was
the perfect compliment to the still-innocent fantasies
of young men during the Eisenower years. Betty Page
Confidential includes a biography of the reclusive
goddess, an official Betty Page trivia quiz and
Pin-Up: A Modest History, by Mark Gabor
As I mentioned previously in the credits page,
There's some good historical information in here,
although the pages are mostly black and white photography
and the color reproductions are of poor quality.
Pin-Up Kit Gil Elvgren by Gil
The Military Pin-Up Kit by Gil Elvgren Artist Gil
Elvgren (1914-1980) was lesser known than George
Petty and Alberto Varga
of Esquire magazine pin-up fame, though he was the
most widely published pin-up calendar artist during
World War II. Known for his depictions of wholesome
girls-next-door, he was also a master at placing
girls in precarious situations that always managed
to lift their skirts.
Pin-Up Kit Earl Moran by Earl
During World War II, nothing boosted morale like
a pin-up girl. From barracks to bars, these scantily
clad lasses were common décor virtually everywhere
GIs congregated. Each Military Pin-Up Kit contains
eight authentic pin-up reproductions, four pin-up
postcards, and a glamorous 21-inch poster—all
contained in a nifty self-mailer ready to inspire
that retro man of today.
1-3 by Milo Manara
This is the most popular series ever created by
Manara, with gorgeous, erotic art and an unusual,
captivating story. In the end, is the device really
working or has she learned to enjoy her sexuality?
Find out here, and in the two sequels to the original
stand-alone graphic novel.
Summer by Milo Manara,
A story of the first settling of America, as 17th-century
Puritans clash with savage Indians. Swept into rape
and violence is (naturally) a beautiful white girl,
and Manara produces his usual selection of eroticism
with an independent Puritan "witch," a beautiful
Indian girl, an Indian/white woman rape, all blended
into a realistic historical adventure. An excellent
collaboration of two giants of European graphic
by Milo Manara
Jonathan Swift's classic takes a naughty turn when
guided by the erotic sense and exquisite artwork
of Manara! Gullivera becomes a voluptuous pirate,
then a naked giant in Lilliput, then a tiny elf,
and finally is captured on a flying island by a
horny band of girls...into s&m! Nicely drawn erotica.