|technically not Leonard Nimoy, but Barack Obama posed as Mr. Spock, |
along with John McCain as Capt. Kirk, For the New York Observer
Friday, February 27, 2015
Monday, December 22, 2014
I was asked to channel the artist Margaret Keane's "Big Eyes" paintings. The film is a biography of Margaret and her late husband Walter Keane, who falsely took full credit for decades as the creator of the iconic Big Eyes paintings.
|the finished art|
| my initial pencil sketch|
I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret Keane,
and showed her my illustration of
Scott and Larry. She was delighted with it and told me
I had a future in art.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Blowin' in the Summer Wind...
|Ol' Jew Eyes is Back|
|my initial rough pencil sketch|
Friday, December 12, 2014
|Jack Davis art created for TV Guide announcing|
the Monkees debut
When the TV comedy The Monkees premiered on NBC in 1966, the great Jack Davis was the artist hired to create the first illustrated images of the new musical comedians, for NBC promotion and for TV Guide advertising. When I had the pleasure of interviewing Jack several years ago at the Brooklyn Comics Festival about his career, and knowing that he had drawn The Monkees on a few occasions, I privately asked him if he was a fan of their music. "Nope". I then asked him if he was a fan of the Beatles, "Not particularly". No matter, Jack's early depictions of the Monkees are the first and still the definitive caricatures of the singing, comedic foursome.
|Created by Jack Davis in 1966 to announce the debut of the Monkees, |
and distributed to local NBC affiliates.
This color version was never published
|The image ran in B&W in various show business trade publications|
|From TV Guide, from a spread announcing |
NBC's 1966 fall lineup.
|TV Guide ad announcing the Monkee's debut|
|At the height of Monkee-Mania, Jack was hired |
to draw the cover and interior art for this paperback
some page spreads from the book featuring Jack's art:
|The Monkees in concert in 1966 with Jack Davis's|
initial Monkees image mounted to the front of the stage
Friday, December 5, 2014
The book sold well, leading to several dozen gag, joke, and patter pamphlets over the next decade, written, designed and published by Orben, mainly sold in magic and novelty shops in Times Square and along Hollywood Blvd. Most of the covers used handy, available clip-art, some featured crude drawings drawn by Orben's cartoonist friends, yet they all have a lively, self-published charm to them which I've admired for years:
|Orben's first book|
Special thanks to John Wendler