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300 Posts! Bill Kresse Masterpiece Gag Cartoon for Humorama Vintage Sleaze




Vintage Sleaze now has over 300 postings, and what better way to celebrate than with a drawing by my personal favorite gag artist Bill Kresse from 1961 and reprinted in the splendid Christmas Issue of Breezy 1969. And to think back then I was wasting my time worrying about good grades (which no one has ever cared about or looked at since) when I could have been reading the issue in the garage. We all learn. Like all Bill's work, showing more swirling than a tornado, more heat than a volcano and more curves than, um...a cumulus cloud? I dunno. Similies fail me. But it is great.

In the year since launch, we have gained over 800 Facebook Followers, you are invited to join. For those of you following on Facebook, please note not all postings show up on the confusing and probably evil social network, so you might take the time one day to read them all on the blog. Find the tiny "older posts" tag below. Until then, enjoy the intricate details on this drawing. Humorama would have certainly bought it without them. Hell, they would have bought it if it were stick figures...but this artist went above and beyond every time.

Original Drawing by Bill Kresse, 1961, reprinted 1969. Collection Victor Minx
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Early work by Bill Wenzel which already has his horny hallmarks! Well-rendered and shapely females confuse empty, shallow male buffoons. These date to the late 1940s and appeared in, I believe, earlier forerunners of the Humorama digests shown in my last post. The babes were already pretty hot, but they don't have either the splendid shades of his "middle period" nor do they look like the poured out pieces he sold in droves during his later years. Good work, and all showing every bit of their age. These are smaller as well, each being drawn on a scrap about 6 x 7 rather than the standard 11 x 14 which came, I also believe, with his success.

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Humorama Vintage Sleaze Humorama Romp Jest Gaze Zip Gee-Whiz Snappy Stare Digest Pulp Gags and Gals From Martin Goodman & Abe! Timely Features











The Humorama line was but a teeny tiny offshoot of Martin Goodman's media empire known as Timely Features. Goodman eventually produced Marvel comics, and umm...Best Love Magazine, but his first bucks were made with pulp western tales in the 1930s. Cowboys, horses, bandits and oats were good for Goodman, and he was eventually responsible for nearly 100 monthly titles. Enough to turn the nation's virgin forests into a pile of pulp to be delivered to your local newsstand on a regular basis. Today the vast majority of them are in landfills, but a loyal group of fans stick them in bags and file them in boxes.


Humorama was the dirty comics and pasty pin-ups sprout of Timely Features, a mere speck in Goodman's vast empire of stapled popular ooze. Actually, he let his brother Abe run the show. Martin made big bucks on True Detective type stuff and the Marvel line, but Abe's Humorama line delivered enough dough to sustain a dozen titles every month for YEARS.



Most of the Humorama digests had onomatopoeia titles. Reading the list sounds like a Three Stooges soundtrack. Extensive bibliographic records for the rags seem to be missing...I guess the Library of Congress was more concerned with National Geographic. Each issue delivered 35 cents worth of cuties and cartoons. You would think the endless number of titles published would saturate the market, but they were dirt cheap to produce and the artists were paid big squat. So were the models, I presume, which included the likes of Bettie Page and Julie Newmar alongside a hoard of country-raised "starlets" who never made it. Who knows how many great-grandmothers have a crusty issue of Zip or Snappy in the attic with their brief moment of fame in their briefs. Someday someone will scan each issue, index the names and make them famous all over again.


Some of the cartoonists already are...Bill Ward, Dan DeCarlo, Bill Wenzel, but a hundred more you've never heard of. I'm doing my best to give them a little attention. Below is a list of the Humorama digests, and above a fist full of issues from the vintage sleaze bookshelves.


Breezy • Cartoon Parade • Comedy • Eyeful of Fun • Fun House • Gaze • Gee-Whiz • Humorama • Instant Laughs • Jest • Joker • Laugh Circus • Laugh Digest • Laugh Riot • Popular Cartoons • Popular Jokes • Romp • Stare • Snappy • Zip


Group of Humorama Timely Features Digests circa 1958-1967 Collection Victor Minx

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