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Judging a Book by Its Cover: The Paperback Art of George Ziel

By MGHL Staff on March 27, 2014

This week the talented and versatile Polish-born paperback artist George Ziel would have been 100 years old.  From the 1950s until his death in 1982, he drew many uncredited covers for romance, Gothic, and mystery paperbacks for the major paperback publishers including Avon, Dell, Fawcett Crest, ...

It’s An Alien Invasion of Sci-Fi Art Covers

By MGHL Staff on March 20, 2014

Watch out — March 20th is Extraterrestrial Abduction Day.  All of the space aliens have been waiting all year to invade Earth on this day, carefully crafting their abduction schemes. Well, maybe not all of the aliens out there … by David Hardy, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,...

Celebrate National Cat Day with MGHL

By MGHL Staff on October 29, 2013

October 29 is National Cat Day.  The cats have been anxiously waiting since the dogs got their day back in August. You could celebrate this special day by offering your cat a tasty treat. by Earl Blossom, for Ambassador of Love, in Colliers, October 20, 1945. It’s probably best to stay away...

Al Parker’s Ever-Changing Style

By MGHL Staff on October 16, 2013

107 years ago today, Al Parker was born in St. Louis, MO.  He would later go on to graduate from the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University and eventually lead the change in the style of magazine illustration in the mid-20th century. When you think of Al Parker’s illustratio...

Talk Like a Pirate with MGHL and Howard Pyle

By MGHL Staff on September 19, 2013

Ahoy mateys! It be that day where ye let loose that inner buccaneer that lives in yer soul. So smartly belay that landlubber talk and set forth wit’ me on a grand adventure to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day. by Howard Pyle, Harper’s Weekly, 1900. In order to get in the spirit of the...

The Murky Waters of Photography vs. Illustration

By MGHL Staff on September 12, 2013

When 60-year old Diane Nyad recently swam from Cuba to Florida, there were plenty of pictures to be seen in the news footage.  We saw video footage of her swimming and treading water by the boat, as well as shots of her exiting the water in Florida.  We know that her team was taking pictures [&he...

Gone to the Dogs with Jon Whitcomb

By MGHL Staff on August 28, 2013

Jon Whitcomb was known for his pictures of ideal, glamorous women in fiction illustrations and advertising during the mid-20th century.  It turns out that some of these glamorous women also had glamorous dogs. In honor of National Dog Day (which was this past Monday), Modern Graphic History Libra...

Go to the Circus With Robert Andrew Parker

By MGHL Staff on May 14, 2013

Robert Andrew Parker turns 86 today!  To celebrate his birthday, Modern Graphic History Library is going to the circus. Circus of the Wolves, p. 8. Many of Parker’s circus-themed illustrations can be found in the 1994 children’s book, Circus of the Wolves by Jack Bushnell.  ParkerR...

Four Views: Trees

By MGHL Staff on April 24, 2013

In celebration of National Arbor Day this week, Modern Graphic History Library presents four different ways that illustrators have used trees in their work. In each of these examples, the artists have used the trunk and branches of the tree to frame their subjects and draw the viewer’s eye ...