|Flip Wilson by Bill Utterback|
Bill Utterback (1931-2010) was, beginning in the early nineteen sixties, Playboy magazine's resident caricaturist, and was also considered by many to be the most popular caricaturist living in Chicago. In fact, he was often cited as "The Hirschfeld of the Windy City".
Beginning in the early sixties and lasting into the seventies, Utterback contributed a regular black and white caricature that would appear in Playboy's offshoot magazine "VIP, The Playboy Club Magazine":
|Henry Mancini for Playboy|
Bill Utterback (1931-2010) was an American illustrator most widely known for his contributions to Playboy and The Second City‘s theatre in Chicago.
Utterback was born on January 5, 1931 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Utterback attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in the 1940s, and then The Art Center in Pasadena where he was influenced by teacher Joseph Henninger.
At the invitation of a friend, Utterback joined the design department of Playboy in the mid-sixties. Utterback was asked to illustrate some caricatures for publication after an art director saw a birthday card Utterback had created for a fellow employee. This led to Bill’s regular feature in “That Was the Year That Was”  each April issue. After leaving Playboy, Utterback worked as a freelance illustrator from his home studio in Lisle, Illinois, servicing clients including The Second City until his death in 2010, and painted official portraits of Illinois Senator Pate Phillips which hung in the Illinois State Capitol building.
In later life, Utterback taught workshops at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton, Illinois, and sculpted a portrait likeness of Pate Phillips which was cast in bronze and unveiled in the DuPage County. Utterback died on February 8, 210 , at 79 years of age.
The caricatures he created for V.I.P. magazine have rarely been seen, outside of subscribers to V.I.P.(which no longer exists), and to member's of the Playboy clubs. So, if these fabulous drawings are new to you, enjoy!
a 1966 album cover by Utterback
Some samples of Utterback's annual All-Star Bands from Playboy:
|The 1967 Playboy All-Star Jazz band|
The VIP drawings...
|The Everly Brothers|
|Flip Wilson II|
|Sammy Davis, Jr.|
|Sonny & Cher|