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  1. Book Review ~ Sirens: The Pin-Up Art of David Wright

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    Editor’s Note

    David Wright was one of the leading pin-up artists of the 20th Century. Unlike his American contemporaries Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren, the British-born Wright brought a sense of realism to his willowy beauties, who appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, especially during WW2. Now, finally, access has been granted to his archive, and this is the first ever collection of his work.

    The Book Review

    Sirens opens up with a enjoyable forward from David’s son, Patrick. Speaking of the many hours his father spent in his studio, Patrick confesses to never really knowing what he did all day. From the introduction onwards, the author give a short history of David Wright, his career and the impact his work had at the time. Starting from page 18, the majority of the book is beautiful large full-page pin-ups.

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  2. David Wright (1912-1967)

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    Born in London, David Wright was only 13 when he left school and eventually joined his uncle, who was an artist for The Graphic newspaper. He really came into prominence when he was commissioned to produce a series of “lovelies” for The Sketch. His glamorous pin-ups, were amongst the most popular during world war II. Following his Sketch contract Wright went on to work for magazines such as Men Only, Playboy and Esquire. September 1956 saw the first publication of Carol Day, a daily comic strip illustrated by Wright and scripted by Peter Meriton. The series was about a fashion model, and ran in the Daily Mail from 1956 until his death in 1967.

    A good place to see some of his work for Carol Day is on Comic Art Fans and carol-day.com. David Wright’s work will be featured in the upcoming issue 2 of illustrators quarterly.