elvis’ golden caricatures volume 1 (rockin’ the 50s)

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AS AN ART SCHOOL DROP-OUT, I enjoy many types of art, from the Old Mas­ters to Monet and Ma­tisse, Braque and Pi­casso, Duchamp and Arp, Rauschen­berg and Pol­lock, and that finest of art teachers, Robert Henri. I also love a good car­toonist, whether it’s teams that made the orig­inal Disney and Warner Brothers clas­sics, or those of the modern Ghibli Studio. READ MORE

elvis’ golden caricatures volume 7 (elvis by hirschfeld)

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THE FIRST CARICATURE of Elvis Presley ap­peared in July 1956 in Col­lier’s mag­a­zine. The drawing was by the inim­itable Hirschfeld, and it was clean, simple, and ef­fec­tive. But it was a rather bland drawing, lacking the pizazz usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with his work—as if he wasn’t par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in his sub­ject. Nonethe­less, Hirschfeld con­tinued to draw Presley sev­eral times through the years. READ MORE

elvis’ golden caricatures volume 5 (stuck on the 60s)

Elvis caricature 61 Camelo 1500

ELVIS IN THE ’60s has not cap­tured the at­ten­tion of car­i­ca­tur­ists as much as the Elvis of the ’50s and the ’70s. In the former, he was vi­brant, sexy, charis­matic, and at times a man-of-many-faces. In the latter, he was re­splen­dent, then pre­dictable, and fi­nally, tragic if not pa­thetic. In between—mainly 1962 through 1967—his image was often so damn whole­some, so non-sexy, he might as well have been spayed! READ MORE

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