Sunday, September 19, 2021

Personna Advertising Art by Whitney Darrow, Jr.

Aside from his calling as a cartoonist, The New Yorker's Whitney Darrow, Jr., produced a great quantity of commercial work. An undated drawing commissioned by the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency of Chicago some time between 1956 and 1980 was created for the client Personna, purveyor of high-end razor blades.

The drawing doesn't make all that much sense outside of the context of whatever ad copy it must have appeared with. A man in an apron prominently bearing the name of the Iowa Tanning Co. is chasing a football-shaped pig's head, quite plausibly a play on the word pigskin. Overhead, a couple observes from a propeller plane while the woman waves. On the ground, a small but excited quartet of onlookers shouts "Eureka!" One of these folks seems to be wearing a marching band uniform adorned with the letter Y. The tanner's face is clean-shaven, although his stubbly legs could conceivably relate to the shaving product. His sporting uniform includes a plaid cap, which seems deliberately retro.
 




Whitney Darrow, Jr
eBay listing ended July 1, 2021
Whitney Darrow, Jr
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Note:  I would like to hear from anyone with further information about when and where this advertising image was published. In addition, original art by Whitney Darrow, Jr., is always of interest.



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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Seth's Clyde Fans: A Lonely Place

Abe Matchcard visits his estranged brother Simon's emotionally desolate home in a preliminary page from Clyde Fans, Seth's tragic take on capitalism and human failings, to oversimplify just a bit. The page, which embodies a sense of isolation and spiritual emptiness, is unified by the klop klop of Abe's shoes on Simon's floor and the stench of his cigarette smoke in Simon's house. In 2015, the rough art sold on eBay for a respectable $429.64. The finished art may be seen in Palookaville #21 (2013) on page 55, and in Clyde Fans (2019) on page 344.

Seth
Preliminary art
Clyde Fans, part 4
Palookaville 21, September 2013, page 55
Clyde Fans (2019), page 344






Seth
eBay Listing Ended September 28, 2015

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SETH-Palookaville-21-p55-Preliminary-ORIGINAL-ART-Clyde-Fans-/400999188891?hash=item5d5d6a099b%3Ag%3ATQ4AAOSwyQtVtsN9&nma=true&si=Zv4PhLp6HocGRC23iqci2JeQ2LI%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Seth
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Seth
eBay Bid History
The bidding gets serious in the last eight or nine hours and the winning bid is placed only in the final twelve seconds.






Note:  Sorry, I have no scans of Seth's finished art today.





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Friday, September 17, 2021

Seth's Clyde Fans: "That Woman"

Back in 2013, Seth was working through Part 4 of Clyde Fans, continuing to publish installments of his magnum opus in Palookaville, by then his hardcover comics magazine. A page of preliminary art depicts the disillusioned salesman-turned-business owner Abe Matchcard avoiding his wife Vera—"that woman"—who is waiting for him to open the front door for her. It was sold on eBay in 2016. The finished art appeared on page 44 of Palookaville 21 and eventually on page 333 of the complete five-part "picture novel" published in 2019. Comparing the rough with the finished page gives some insight into Seth's working technique.

Seth
Preliminary art
Clyde Fans, part 4
Palookaville 21, September 2013, page 44
Clyde Fans (2019), page 333



Seth
eBay Listing Ended September 5, 2016


Seth
eBay Bid History

Seth
eBay Bid History
Six bidders, eleven bids
[End of eBay listing]



Seth
Clyde Fans, part 4
Palookaville 21, September 2013, page 44



Seth
Preliminary art
Clyde Fans, part 4
Palookaville 21, September 2013, page 44
Clyde Fans (2019), page 333








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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Seth: Clyde Fans Signed in 2019 with a Sketch of Abe Matchcard

More than two decades in the making, Clyde Fans (2019) is by far comic artist Seth's most ambitious work. An extremely nice copy of the slipcased book turned up on eBay with an original sketch of the character Abe Matchcard walking through clouds of silver cigar smoke. The eBay seller refers to this sketched-in copy as "remarqued," a potentially useful word for describing such unique books.

But is that really what it means? The term comes from printmaking. A remarque is a mark or sketch made in the margin of a plate that indicates the state of the print. In a limited-edition print, a ramarque may also be a small sketch in pencil made by the artist in the margin of the print. 






I don't know why sellers feel the need to post the same photo twice in one eBay listing, but the practice is widespread.

Seth draws in this copy of Clyde Fans at the Texas Book Festival in 2019. Chris Ware sits next to him.

Seth
eBay listing ended September 5, 2021

Seth
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Seth
eBay bid history
One last minute bid






Note:  Pablo Portillo has posted a similar 2019 sketch of a standing (rather than walking) Abraham Matchcard surrounded by clouds of cigar smoke from a copy of the Spanish edition of Ventiladores Clyde signed in Bilbao. See it on the Comic Art Fans site here. Other interesting copies are no doubt out there, and there would be far more if the pandemic hadn't shut down comics conventions near and far. Readers fortunate enough to have interesting copies of Seth's magnum opus are encouraged to send photos or scans for use on this blog.





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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Seth: The G. N. B. Double C Signed in 2011 with a Sketch of Canada Jack

Canada Jack appears in The G. N. B. Double C (2011) as a key nationalistic character in Seth's fanciful alternate history of Canadian comics. Seth drew an original sketch of him in a copy of the book which has currently found its way to eBay, the only such drawing of this figure I have seen to date. 





Seth
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Note:  My guess is that Seth made sketches of each of the six cover characters in various personalized copies of this book. This blog now boasts photographs of two such copies of the book, one with a sketch of Jock-o and this one with a drawing of Canada Jack. At least one other copy with an original sketch of Madame Trembley, she with the rolling pin, is readily viewable on the Comic Art Fans site here. Of course, I'm very open to posting other unique copies of this book on the blog. Come on, Seth collectors, you must know how to help me out.




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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Seth: Wimbledon Green Signed in 2005 with a Sketch

Canadian cartoonist Seth's Wimbledon Green saw publication in 2005. A copy of the book signed in that year of publication also contains a small original portrait of "the greatest comic book collector in the world." It just recently changed hands on eBay. This book's Autographed sticker suggests that Seth signed a stack of these and left them, drawing and all, with the bookstore for later sale. It's a nice copy, though not quite as special as many of those embellished by Seth for fans who attended signings in person.





Seth
eBay listing ended September 8, 2021


Seth
eBay item description


Best offer of C $39.99 ($26.89) accepted


Note:  This is only the second copy of Seth's Wimbledon Green to appear here on the blog, and both quite understandably include sketches of the title character. I'm curious, though, whether other copies may contain sketches perhaps of other, scarcer characters. Give a shout, please, if you know of any.





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