Friday, July 1, 2016


This 1966 little book illustrated by the great Arnold Roth,is literally packed with millions of surreal mini illustrations and a fun read for your kids this summer ......

But who is Arnold Roth ...well !, i'll let him introduce himself with this little resume he posted online 

Arnold Roth had the luck to be born in 1929 on the cusp of the dawning Great Depression, learning the survival values of scrambling for gainful employment while growing up in Philadelphia. Early on, Roth fell in love with jazz and learned to play the saxophone. He also drew pictures and even sold a few. 
Upon graduation from high school in 1946, Roth was awarded a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum School Of Industrial Arts, but he was expelled at the end of two years because he was playing sax in jazz bands until the wee hours of the morning and couldn't get out of bed in time for class. He started freelancing artwork in the summer of 1948 and in 1952, he started to get lucky: he got in on the ground floor of TV Guide, married Caroline Wingfield, and met the Dave Brubeck Quartet, which soon led to assignments doing record album covers. He was selling regularly enough to such magazines as Glamour, Charm, and TV Guide, that he was making a living as a cartoonist.
Roth's big breakthrough came in 1957 when he started working on Trump, Playboy's satiric magazine, and on Humbug, a more penurious production, both the inventions of Harvey Kurtzman, founder of MAD Magazine. He also began doing illustrations for Playboy and cartoons for England's Punch magazine. His first syndicated cartoon Poor Arnold's Almanac, ran two years beginning in May 1959.
From the mid 1960's on, his work appeared regularly in major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Holiday, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and countless others. In 1983 Roth was elected president of the National Cartoonists Society.
He has won many gold and silver medals in the Society of Illustrators and received the NCS Reuben award. He was inducted into the SI Hall of Fame 2009. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and on The Late Show with David Letterman. He has lectured at Princeton, Yale, and other art schools.
Residing in NYC, he continues to freelance to this day.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Illustrator David Stone Martin was one of the most prolific and influential graphic designers of the postwar era, creating over 400 album covers. Much of his work spotlighted jazz, with his signature hand-drawn, calligraphic line perfectly capturing the energy and spontaneity of the idiom. Born David Livingstone Martin in Chicago in 1913, he later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and began his career as an assistant to the social realist painter Ben Shann, designing murals during the 1933 World's Fair. Martin spent the remainder of the decade as art director of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and served during World War II as an artist/correspondent for Life magazine. After returning to the U.S. he mounted a career as a freelance artist, landing advertising gigs for clients including the Disc Company of America, CBS Television, and Lincoln Center; in 1948, he also began teaching at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, followed in 1950 by a year at New York City's Workshop School of Advertising and Editorial Art. Martin entered music illustration through his longtime friendship with producer Norman Granz, designing label art for Granz's Verve, Norgran, Clef, and Down Home imprints as well as hundreds of now-classic cover paintings for acts including Count Basie, Art Tatum, Gene Krupa, and Lionel Hampton. Martin also created a series of designs for the pianist Mary Lou Williams, with whom he enjoyed a torrid affair. Martin's work has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and others. He died of pneumonia in New London, CT, on March 6, 1992.