Friday, July 25, 2008
Pussycat the Bunnycat!
Pussycat shows us once again why Bill Ward was a great cartoonist, and maybe one of the best good-girl artists ever. This is from the one-shot Pussycat Marvel magazine from '68, reprinted in turn from its appearance in one of the men's magazines that company published.
As an extra here are scans of some original art by Ward. These are cartoons I bought for the astounding price of $5.00 each at a mid-'80s San Diego Comicon. My friends and I were grabbing them off a stack of art as fast as a dealer could put them on the table. I think I got some of the better ones. Most of these are dated from the mid-1960s. Ward said once that he sold about 25 cartoons a month to Chip Goodman at Humorama, publishers of monthly small-size cartoon books, "the kind men like!" You can see why the editor bought these, and why guys like them.
I've inserted the punchline to the bikini drawing with my software, because it's written on the back of the drawing.