Earlier this week I got a mail from a John Bender telling me he had an original E. Simms Campbell illustration for sale. Here's what he wrote: "My wife's mother has had this illustration in the attic since 1945. It was painted by E. Simms Campbell and Louis Priscilla. Campbell was apparently the first African-American cartoonist / illustrator to be syndicated in American magazines. This painting, about 2' X 3', represents what GI's thought they would find and what they actually found in various parts of the world. It was published in Look Magazine in July, 1945, as a centerfold."
John also included a few snapshots that I'm happy to share with you.
First we have the cover of Look Magazine and the printed version of the centerfold
Then the original art ...
... and a close up of the signatures.
If you have been looking for one of Simms Campbell's Good Girl Art illustrations this might be something for you. :)
If you are interested in this piece, just drop John a mail at darthjab at gmail.com
And speaking of E. Simms Campbell, I just got a mail from Ariel S. Winter who writes:
"I'm writing to let you know about a series of recent blog posts I did on E. Simms Campbell. One is an overview of Campbell work with quotes from an interview Campbell gave in 1945, and the other is on his illustrations for Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps's novel Popo and Fifina."
If you are interested in Campbell you ought to check them out!