Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Mr. Unknown


"No one knows his name. Not one piece of his original art appears to exist. If you discount the fact that the magazines he worked for were reprinted until the early 1920s, none of his art has ever been reprinted outside some scattered fan magazines and websites. Yet from roughly the summer of 1901 to the winter of 1910(and possibly beyond), he produced well over 3,000 covers for some of the most popular juvenile periodicals of his day, the equivalents of the modern comic book."
Larry Latham shows around ninety covers.
(link via Dr jon)

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5 Comments:

Blogger spacedlaw said...

This type of illustration reminds me a lot of that used in France for Le Petit Journal (some of the period is the same too).

So glad to see a new blog from you!

3 March 2009 6:13:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Theo Clarke said...

Ye gods and little fishes! Can you imagine producing an illustration of this quality and detail every single day for ten years?

And, off at a tangent: my word verification string is 'aduclesm', which is just crying out for definition and adoption.

3 March 2009 11:54:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Eric Orchard said...

What a joy to find your blog! Neil Gaiman mentioned it on Twitter and I can't get over how filled it is with wonderful stuff. I love this illustration, both as a really cool artifact and an amazing picture!

3 March 2009 12:03:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous Peter Urkowitz said...

Alright, Campbell, before this goes too far, I'm calling you out on this obvious hoax. You did all those covers yourself, didn't you? Or did Mullins help too?

:) (Just kidding, but the resemblance is remarkable!)

3 March 2009 3:13:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

Doesn't that that guy in the front look like Quindlin out of the Black Diamond Detective Agency.

4 March 2009 2:55:00 am GMT-5  

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