“Read. Look everywhere at everything. Be aware of trends, then ask yourself ‘and then what?’ Frequently stop looking and start making.”
From the Cyclopedia of Heating, Plumbing and Sanitation (1909) published by the American School of Correspondence in Chicago.
Art by Charles W. “Red” Gibbons of Los Angeles on his wife, Artoria Gibbons, originally Anna Mae Burlingston (1893-1985), from Perform: Postcards from the Collection of John Kasmin (2016).
In the 1950s, when magazines such as True Men Stories or Man’s Life needed a cover illustration about wild animals menacing manly men, their go-to artist was Wilbur Lee Hulsey. He went by “Wil Hulsey” and illustrated such stories as “Chewed to Bits by Giant Turtles,” “Weasels Ripped My Flesh” (a title Frank Zappa later lifted for an album), “The Island of Man-Eating Rats,” “Lizards from Hell,” “The River of Crawling Death” (snakes), “Flying Rodents Ripped My Flesh” (flying squirrels this time), “Twisted Horns Tore My Guts” (antelope), “Spider Monkeys Tore Me Apart,” “Strangled by a Giant Gorilla” and, with an alligator in the starring role, “Give Me Back My Arm.”
Cover art from Hug Machine (2014) by Scott Campbell
The first stamp in the 2017 “America First” series, celebrating the U.S.A.’s dominance over all other nations and all of humankind. See them all at Faux Post.