Sunday, March 11, 2018

E. Simms Campbell in Esquire, October 1953

Men of all sizes, shapes, ages, and incomes are rendered helpless before the beautiful women of cartoonist E. Simms Campbell. Two full-page cartoons from the October 1953 issue of Esquire show the cartoonist in top form as an illustrator, but the captions deliver less punch than one might hope for. The first, in black and white, depicts a secretary in the lap of her boss, who is old enough to be her father—or is it grandfather? She may be young, but she knows how to parse words like an attorney. The second cartoon, in color, is an example of the "Harem Girls," at this point a twenty-year feature in the magazine, although the women haven't aged a day. The women languish silent in their passivity and are unfazed even with the U.S. Navy in port.

E. Simms Campbell
"But I don't want security—I want to get married!"
October 1953, page 97

E. Simms Campbell
"And whose little boy are you?"
 October 1953, page 115

Note:  Attempted Bloggery has been looking at the work of cartoonist E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971). Readers are asked to provide high-resolution scans or photos of original Campbell art or perhaps of forgotten published works such as these.

Is there more Campbell art in this issue of Esquire? Send me a scan or two and I'll add them to the mix.


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