Friday, May 29, 2015

The Naked Bunch

The Naked Bunch was a booklet containing 23 full page B&W caricatures by illustrator Peter Green of then current show business, political and sports celebrities, all naked. The text is credited to Rochelle Larkin who most likely simply suggested the humorous and in some cases obvious mock genitlia props specific to each celebrity.
title page

 The book, published by Alexicon Corp in 1970 might have seemed like a clever idea at the time, and was beautifully realized by Peter Green, but it's been long out of print and for the most part long forgotten.
the book's cover

The very talented Peter Green, whose style here reminds me of a combination of David Levine and Bruce Stark, would create the art for the hugely popular "Politicards" two years later which I've blogged about here:

Some of Peter Green's terrific caricatures scanned from The Naked Bunch:

Dean Martin
Frank Sinatra

Sammy Davis Jr.

Tiny Tim

Lawrence Welk

John & Yoko

Shirley Temple

Hugh Hefner

Joe Namath

Mickey Mantle

Mayor Richard Daley

Jackie Onassis

Richard Nixon

All the images from the book combined (click to enlarge):

Thanks To John Wendler


  1. That Shirley Temple picture took me by surprise

  2. Would it be possible to list the names of the other person's whose drawings couldn't be expanded here , please ?