The Wonderful World of Bill Ward, King of the Glamour Girls (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/6
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Photographer and veteran "TASCHEN" editor Eric Kroll spent a lot of time in collectors' basements researching the art of Bill Ward (1918-1998), gleaning prime samples of his work for this sumptuous retrospective of Ward's long and prolific career as a comic creator and illustrator. Early in his career, around the time of the Second World War, Ward earned his living creating such characters as Captain Marvel, Blackhawk, and Torchy, the ultimate military female fantasy. In the early 1950s, Ward turned almost exclusively to "girlie art" and dedicated the rest of his life to creating conte crayon drawings of glitzy, buxom women. These pieces have become highly collectible, which is why Kroll has had to trawl through basements and archives across America to assemble this broad selection of Ward's very best work. Drawn from over 1000 illustrations and dozens of pages of interviews with Ward's wife, son, and adult model Candy Samples, this meticulously researched book is the ultimate tribute to the great Bill Ward.
Eric Kroll graduated from the University of Colorado in cultural anthropology in 1969. He lived in New York City from 1971 to 1994, working as a photojournalist for The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and Vogue, while teaching photography at Antoich College, Baltimore extension, Hunter College, International Center For Photography, and School of Visual Arts. His work has appeared in Leg Show and High Heeled Women magazines and has been published by TASCHEN, for whom he also works as an editor. He currently lives in San Francisco and maintains a website at www.erickroll.com.
WONDERFUL WORLD OF BILL WARD is a great sampling of a lot of his work. I say "sampling" to save you from making the same mistake I did, of thinking that a volume this big was a comprehensive anthology of all of Bill Ward's artwork. Notably absent are his really adult work leading up to his death, and only a sampling of his _Scorchy_ strips. And the book is as big and thick as it is because it just repeats its content in multiple languages, over and over again. Nonetheless, its real draw is that it contains a comprehensive and fascinating biography of Ward, and some of his better illustrations over the course of his long career. You see the evolution of _Torchy_, many of his famous "phone girl" drawings, and some adult stuff, though hardly all. Perhaps a comprehensive collection of Ward's work is impossible, meaning this volume is as good as you're going to get. I like having it as a handy reference to the man, and chance to see some of who he was in action, and for a fan of large breasts, slim waists, and high heels, that ain't such a bad thing after all.
A HUGE volume, filled with great Bill Ward art. Reproduced in rather large format, there is plenty in this hefty volume.
First class material, in a "large economy" size volume.
Buy it if you can!
The book divides his career into three sections; the early years show work for various comic book publishers and his Torchy title where you can clearly see the origins of his later glamour style. The second section has 180 of his Conte crayon cartoons for Abe Goodman's various Humorama digest-size titles and this is the art that Ward is famous for.
Between 1947 and 1967 he claims to have drawn more than seven thousand of these sexy females and despite the large number they are each worth serious money to collectors. These drawings are one, two or four to a page and printed in sepia with white highlights. Another book of his work 'The Glamour Girls of Bill Ward' (ISBN 1560975318) has about 116 Conte drawings all one to a page and nicely doesn't seem to have any pictures duplicated with this Kroll book. If you can take your eyes of the dames you'll notice how Ward used embossed wallpaper samples to create curtains, cushions and sometimes filmy negligees by putting the sample under his drawing paper and rubbing the Conte crayon across the relevant area.
The third section of the book covers work after Humorama and here I think his style lacks the creativity of the Conte work. There are plenty of examples of paperback covers, color cartoons, comics, covers to porno magazines and a real surprise, the 1954 Lili St. Cyr lingerie catalog where Ward created precise model drawings with Lili's face on each.
At the front of the book Eric Kroll writes a fascinating fifty-page introduction with many quotes from the artist and illustrated with plenty of artwork and photos, in this beautifully designed and printed book devoted to the glamour work of Bill Ward.