"More Odd Stuff" from Charlie Allen

By guest author Charlie Allen

Another very diverse, eclectic, group of ad illustrations....continuing the odd, but good, clips from the venerable old file.  But first, a dinosaur chuckle to lighten the day.  


First illustration, in this case a very different cartoon style and I thought you'd appreciate.  


The name is 'Weber' or 'Weker'....don't know. A football article, and no idea from what magazine or publication.


Second, a Honda motorcycle ad, frequent and ubiquitous in the magazines of the 60's.  I'll call it 'illustration lite', almost all done by the same illustrator.... I don't know who.  The reason I think it's good....the colors are always bright and cheerful....the low power modern Honda bikes looked simple and appealing....the draftsmanship was excellent....all in all, very effective advertising.  


Honda was changing motorbike sport and transportation, formerly dominated by the 'burly' Harley crowd. Honda made biking a middle class, desirable, acceptable way to get around.  The ads so effective, I spent several afternoons doing trial runs, mainly at the dealer's lot, trying out a 50cc bike.  Never got one, to my regret, but maybe furthering my safety and extension of the illustrator biz!

Next ad, a natural gas magazine illustration by Al Muenchen....an illustrator about my age whom I met a few times. He came out from the east to check the western 'scene'.  Always competant....and sometimes, (in the Sat. Eve. Post) exceptionally good editorial illustration.  


Next, a Pall Mall ad, artist unknown, but definitely one of the many 'Fuchs School' illustrators.  Again, very slick, competent work.  


Following that, a wine ad that's beautifully drawn and rendered.  Loose, relaxed, excellent drawing, et al.  I want to say Mitchell Hooks, but I'm probably way off on the artist.  (Charlie is correct, this is by Mitchell ~ L)

This was a series as I remember.  


Finally, a simple strong game ad, again the Fuchs School....but effective and attractive.


Hey, enough for now. Thanks, I think, for the TI 'old file' blog! These things are definitely not seen these days.    

Cheers......  Chas.

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