Bill Hess Ward, Original Illustration, Mixed Media on Paper, Im Sorry, but
22 1/2 x 16 (sight). Known for his pin-up girl illustrations and especially for his skill with the conté crayon, Bill Ward began his career during World War II with the creation of his sexy gal, Torchy , to divert his fellow soldiers. Because his work seemed to meet "America's collective postwar sex fantasy" and the timing was right for the men's magazines that hit the market in the 1950s, Ward became one of the most popular "girlie artists" in America. In the next four decades he expanded his subject matter somewhat but never varied from his template of the Ultimate Woman ---except to make her breasts a little bigger, her heels a little higher, or the satin and leather encasing her a little glossier. After leaving Pratt Institute, he worked briefly for the Manhattan Art Service, which he disliked because it was basically clean up work for other illustrators.
He then took a job with Fawcett Comic Books drawing backgrounds and then doing a complete Captain Marvel book, and he credits his boss, Jack Binder, as giving him valuable lessons for his future career. Next he worked for Quality Comics, which was regarded as the top comic line in the world and for which he took over Blackhawk Comics featuring Blackhawk aircraft. The bosses at Quality Comics were very impressed with Ward's covers.
Ward turned to magazine cartoons, and did much work, especially girlie cartoons, for monthlies including Humorama Magazine, Joker Magazine and Cracked Magazine. He also contributed to adult literature such as Screw and Fetish Times, work he justified because he had to put food on the table. The item "Bill Hess Ward, Original Illustration, Mixed Media on Paper, Im Sorry, but" is in sale since Thursday, July 23, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "artlinkintl" and is located in Lake Worth, Florida.
This item can be shipped to United States.
- Medium: Mixed Media
- Subject: Pin-Ups
- Style: Illustration Art
- Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
- Region of Origin: US
- Painting Surface: Paper
- Features: Framed
- Year: circa1969
- Width (Inches): 16
- Date of Creation: 1950-1969
- Height (Inches): 22 1/2
- Originality: Original
- Artist: Bill Hess Ward
- Quantity Type: Single-Piece Work
- Size: Medium (up to 36in.