Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Torchy was a creature of the golden age of pin-up art. When Bill Ward left the strip Gill Fox took over. These are examples of Fox's Torchy work, from Torchy #3, 1950, published by Quality Comics.
Ger Apeldoorn has posted several examples of Gill Fox's fine work, and how he was able to adapt his style, whether it was a newspaper comic strip or advertising art.
I don't know if Torchy had any influence, subliminal or otherwise, on Harvey Kurtzman when Little Annie Fanny was created for Playboy (after all, Annie was originally a Candide-like character named Goodman Beaver). Like Annie, Torchy is an innocent beauty unaware of the effect she's having on the men around her.