Saturday, July 7, 2007
Earlier I had posted some drawings by Henry Syverson from books by Richard Armour, who wrote a number of humor books from the fifties into the late seventies. Armour was initially known for funny poems, but in the 1950's he began writing satirical history and literature essays in the style of humorist Will Cuppy (author of the posthumously published THE DECLINE AND FALL OF PRACTICALLY EVERYBODY, 1948). Most of Armour's books from this era were illustrated by Campbell Grant, a former Disney story artist who was patterning his style after William Stieg, who had illustrated Cuppy's book. I will scan some of these at a later date for people who are only familiar with Stieg's SHREK-era drawings. They're very amusing.
Here are some of Campbell Grant's illustrations for Armour's dissertation on IVANHOE from THE CLASSICS RE-CLASSIFIED, (1960). Does his take on "King John" (directly above) look vaguely familiar to anyone?