Remembering a wonderful art style…
Hands up who can identify with this kind of artwork. For me it sets the time machine dials right back to the 70s and early 80s when paperback fiction sold in their millions and writers could and did lead luxurious lifestyles.
I love this kind of artwork, it is what it is and is very much of its age but at the time it conjured up wonderful images and story telling. Today, as I waited to go into a bank appointment I was struck by how uninspiring modern books look and more interestingly how a number of books had ‘retro’ cover artwork. That, surely tells you a lot.
As nice as nostalgia is and can be it should be remembered that there was also a lot of rubbish out there, the story to this book would, I imagine have been pretty average but who cares?! Style over substance every now and then doesn’t hurt anyone and kitsch in small doses can be fun.
So here’s to the artists whose drawings of men in safari suits and bikini clad women in speedboats captured the imagination of this boy and, I suspect my father too.