This painting is by Edouard Bernard Debat-Ponsan. As best I can tell, the title translates to "One Morning Before the Door of the Louvre." I have no idea what is going on in this painting, but I like it.
Probably trying to capitalize on the popularity of television's The Monkees, DC created their own fictional rock band: "The Maniaks." With art by Mike Sekowsky and Mike Esposito, The Maniaks appeared in three issues of DC Showcase in 1967.
I forgot it was St. Patrick's Day when I put together this morning's post. So here is a painting by Walter Baumhofer called "Grace O'Malley, Ireland's Pirate Queen." It was an illustration for Argosy magazine.
While looking around for some biographical information on illustrator Coby Whitmore, I realized I couldn't distill his life and what makes him so appealing as well as Leif Peng's writeup in his always informative blog Today's Inspiration. Leif's Flickr set of Whitmore here, and this page has some nice Whitmore galleries.
Actually, I found out about this about a week ago.
Steve Cottle of I Love Comix had a Kickstarter Project to purchase and scan a large collection of newspaper comics. It looks like he already raised the funds to buy the collection, but it sounds like he could use more funds to pay for rent on a climate-controlled storage place until they can be scanned. Definitely a worthy cause.
These paintings are by Harold H. Booth (R.C.A.F.) and from a book called Book of Modern Warplanes. The book was published by Garden City Publishing and is copyright 1942.
The American planes in this book feature the old style insignia with the red circle in the star. The red circle was omitted in 1941 due to the fact it might be confused with the Japanese rising sun insignia. The author notes this in the text. I mention this because I'm curious exactly when this book was produced. I'm thinking it was after the United States entered the war but not very long after. I can't pin down the date of the change of the insignia other than "1941."
There are descriptive paragraphs (presumably by Booth) to accompany each illustration that talk about the plane's development and armament. Information abot the Axis planes is sketchy and the armament of the F4U Corsair is described as "secret."
This book belonged to my Mom and I remember enjoying it and trying to copy the drawings when I was a little kid. I rescued it at some point when my parents were cleaning out a bookcase.
B-17 Flying Fortress
S25 Short Sunderland
1-18 (I've not been able to find out what this is. Maybe the Yak-1. The Americans did not know much about Russian aircraft at this point).
Focke Wulf 190
Henschel Hs 126
Zero Type 00
Kawasaki 97 (I'm thinking this might actually be the Nakajima B5N "Kate" torpedo bomber).