Andy Richardson reviews beautiful women, and beautiful artbooks, from Bill Wenzel and Neal Adams.
THE PIN-UP ART OF BILL WENZEL
Sometimes the most enticing erotic images leave the most to the imagination. That was the case with artist Bill Wenzel, who spent much of the 1940s to the 1970s drawing cartoon after cartoon of beautiful, voluptuous women fairly bursting out of their clothing — but by and large, they did in fact wear clothing.
For years, in magazines, digests, and a variety of other publications, Wenzel’s women stood out from a crowd. This collection gives his work new life, long after its original publication.
The attractive book — in more ways than one — also includes a career retrospective and biography of the man who clearly inspired legions of followers and admirers. Most of the cartoons feature spot color.
NEAL ADAMS’S ROWDY AND BEAUTIFUL WOMEN SKETCH BOOK
Neal Adams’ place in comic book history is secure. The legendary artist; best-known for his classic work on Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow, can pretty much do whatever he wants these days. And as he admits in the text accompanying these sketch book pages, one thing he really enjoys doing is drawing beautiful women.
Each image features finished or unfinished sketches of characters both famous (Black Canary) and lesser-known (some of his latter work for Continuity Comics). All are distinctly Neal Adams.
The work is interesting primarily for Adams’ commentary that runs along with the drawings, sharing his mindset and approach for each. The oversized collection is black and white and beautiful all over.