Capt’n Billy’s Whiz Bang

w1929As a guy who still pines
for his monthly
National Lampoon
subscription fix,

even though it’s been
defunct since 1998,

you’ll probably not be
all that surprised

when I say I’m a big fan
of humor magazines…….

Humor magazines in English
have a long, storied history –
— going way back to “Punch”,
started in 1831.

The modern trend toward
humor publications
was actually started in Poland –

in 1816 — by the “Society of Rogues” ,
followed by the “Philanderer” in 1830-wnice

they were printed in Polish, of course.

In the United States,
humor publications were
first oriented toward the ‘college’ crowd —

The Yale Record and Harvard Lampoon
both started in the 1870’s.

Although American adult-oriented
humor Magazines probably owe
a good deal of their lineage
to a publication called ” Judge”,
printed from 1881 to 1953 —

( and to a more short-lived one
called ” Vanity Fair ” )

My favorite pioneer of
the genre was called:
Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang ” .

A collection of snarky cartoons
and semi-dirty jokes…. w3

It was started in 1919 by a retired Army Captain
and veteran of the Spanish American War,
named Wilford “Billy” Fawcett.

Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang was
variously self-described as an :
” Explosion of Pedigreed Bunk (or Bull) ” ,
” Farm Yard Full of Fun and Filosophy ”
” America’s Magazine of Wit, Humor and Filosophy ” .

Fawcett explained what he was
trying to do with Capt. Billy’s thus:
” This little publication was created
with the idea of giving the former servicemen
a continuation of the pep and snap we got in the army,”

And the magazine did cause quite a stir,
—- especially in polite society .

David Sloane,w4
in “American Humor Magazines
and Comic Periodicals” notes:

Few periodicals reflect the post-WW I cultural change in American life as well as Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang. To some people [it] represented the decline of morality and the flaunting of sexual immodesty; to others it signified an increase in openness. For much of the 1920s, Captain Billy’s was the most prominent comic magazine in America with its mix of racy poetry and naughty jokes and puns, aimed at a small-town audience with pretensions of “sophistication”.

Naughty and racy —
how could you go wrong, right?

Of course,
it’s way back before my time,

— and the first time I’d ever
even heard about it, w1
was in the movie “The Music Man” —

when Robert Preston was describing
the moral decline of children in the year 1912:

“Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger?
A dime novel hidden in the corncrib?
Is he starting to memorize jokes
from Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang?”

Of course,
I was hooked from that point.

Sure, the humor is dated,
and can offend people
who don’t remember
to consider the times and culture
in which it was produced.

So, it’s not for everybody, w1928
but then, what is ?

It’s absolutely precious as a
historical reference, and fun, too.

Captain Billy employed a number of very skilled artists
like Frank Tashlin, and Norman Saunders….

It also spurred a number of imitators,
some of whom really couldn’t maintain
the same levels of quality
in terms of content,
art, and print craftsmanship…….

and it influenced others —w2

“Joy Book”,
“Charlie Jones’ Laugh Book”
“Eye Opener”
“Bally Hoo”
and “Esquire” ( founded in 1933).

Even Captain Billy
got into the knock-off action
with “Smokehouse Monthly”.

By the mid 1930’s,
Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang’s humor
seemed old-fashioned and
out of step with the times,
and the publishing empire
(Fawcett Publications)1922
that it had created started focusing
on other types of periodicals,

comic books – ” Captain Marvel ” ,

paperbacks – ” Gold Medal Books “,

technology – ” Mechanix Illustrated ”

movie mags – ” Movie Story ”

noir fiction – ” Daring Detective”

men’s action – ” Cavalier ”

household advice- ” Family Circle”

Time marches on, a1
I guess…..

But to me, any opportunity to laugh
makes the world a happier place,

and so the passing
of the Whiz Bang,
like the later passing
of the National Lampoon,

still fills me with a feeling of loss.


we still have plenty
of old copies laying around.








French Kisses

You gotta love the French.

And one of the
main reasons
you gotta love
the French:

— is that when
the French
love something,
they do it up right.

You can see it
in their literature.

You can see it
in their cuisine.

You can see it
in their architecture.

Take a trip down
to the Chartres Cathedral
and tell me you can’t see it.

You can see it in their art.

Take a tour through
the Louvre Museum 1910
and tell me you can’t feel it
right down to the tile floor
in the Richelieu.

You can feel that
very special vibe
walking though
the streets of Montmartre.

Taste the food and the wine
and tell me you don’t get it —-

And most especially,

the French

I’m a big fan of vintage
French postcards,
as you probably know…..baiser

And my favorite series
had to do with
that very subject.

Kissing, Lovemaking —
Douce AMOUR.

As the French would say:

” Que mes baisers soient
les mots d’amour
que je ne te dis pas
. “

( Let my kisses tell you
what my words can’t say.) 

I dunno why we
as Americans
have been so stuffy
about the subject,a2

because I think
the French definitely
have had the right
idea all along.

And they’ve developed
a whole system of
understanding seduction
— and the art of petting —
and the methodology
of doing it well.

Take this vintage REX French
post-card from the 1920’s:

Called “Les Baisers d’Amourbaisers
( ” The Kisses of Love ” ) .

There are six varieties
of kisses illustrated,
each with it’s own
special description
of how it feels….
( or perhaps,
it’s end effect, no ?)

In order from
left to right,
top to bottom:


Hey, that’s some
promising stuff, huh ?

Despite the fact
that this card
is about a hundred years old,
it still cuts pretty much
right to the chase, right?

And that’s another
charming aspect of the French.

They take their pleasure serious,
very serious indeed.

Makes sense to me, man.

As a further evidence of this fact,
I present this card –

Called ” Les Baisers
( ” Kisses ” )

this card specifies more varieties,
– and further illustrations –

for the aspiring apprentice
in the amorous arts.

It includes:

The Surprise Kiss
The Sincere Kiss
The Lingering Kiss
The Fiery Kiss
The Warm Kiss
The Impassioned Kissa1

(notice they don’t show you
where the guy’s hands
are on that last one…. )

And, yes —
it does seem like
the combination
of all those kisses
might be working
wonders on the chick
in the rose-colored dress.

It’s amazing whatbaisers
one can learn from
postcards, ya know..

Like how all this chemistry
comes together —

Le Langage Des Baisers ” —

The Language of Kisses “,
explains how :

Kisses of happiness
brings about blushing of cheeks
Lovers kisses slowly
build to a powerful arousal
Kisses on the neck makes us fools
(for love)
— and after that —
Lips united in infinite ecstasy. 


And of course,
as we all know,

Love is something
that’s good anytime of the year.

Just consult
Le Langage des Nuits

When spring comes along
It can be very exhilarating
And it can pass away
Just as intenselynuits

When the summer passes
One last kiss
Marks love’s ending
With the rising sun

Wild autumn nights
So full of passion
Astonishing the heart
With so much happiness

The winter nights are mild
When, for heat,
Mouth to mouth
Meet for a long kiss a4


I just hope the native
French speakers among you
will pardon me for the
shortcomings of my
high school French-class
-level translations……..

But the rest of you
certainly get the idea.

So, like I said —

The French absolutely
love the acts of love.

And who can blame ’em?

HOY !!!!!



PS: if you enjoy this subject,
well, it happens that so do I,
and I’ve got another post
about it in my archive, here.


Now, some music.

Here’s Miss Josephine Baker .

And remember –

Le prix d’Amour, c’est seulement Amour,
Il faut aimer si l’on veut être aimé.


Just Abust With Lust

I just got in
from places
far-flung and remote.

And boy,
are my arms tired.

And I’m too tired
to figure out
what exactly is wrong
with that joke.lust


As usual, when I
finally returned to
my boring old desk
this evening to
set pen to paper —

(or finger to keypad,
I guess I should say)

I found myself once again
struggling to find
something to blog about ….

It struck me that perhaps,
…. just perhaps….

That all my choice
subjects have been
just run over bigtime
by this blog
time after time,

which I guess is natural,
… doing a daily blog for
as long as I have been
doing one.

So, I decided
that I shouldn’t really
even worry about it,
and that I should
slog on regardless.

today’s post
— about
one of those subjects,
that I have completely
beat to death already ….

Figuratively, anyway.


It certainly is a
favorite of mine.


Makes me
shivery all over.

—- Even without
any lust lotion.

And like they
always said
in all those creative
writing classes that
I never took,
that you shouldape
write what you know,
you know?

you’re not
surprised, are ya?

Ah well…
… it’s only the last lash
of a whip that anyone
ever really remembers,
right ?


I’m nothing,
if I’m not committed
to that lady lust.

Oh man,

And I probably should be.

that is.

I think people make too
many negative waves
about lust, truthfully….

” A lust goddess that stood for
everything that was sin and evil? ” 

Come on.

I mean, you just can’t
even do half that stuff
standing up.

Nix, man. consequ

“Lust and Consequences ” ?

I had no idea that Bob Barker
guy was into all that stuff.

It’s probably a good thing
they changed the name
from “Depravity” anyway.

What a terrible name for a
town in New Mexico, otherwise.

Ain’t that the truth

and this one:

A wanton waitress dished up
passion on the farm ?

Ok, maybe not all
that negative,
but certainly a bit of a
mixed metaphor.

And I think there’s
some kind of New Mexico
theme running in the
background somewhere.

Anyhoo, about today’s post….

It’s possible that maybe I
have a different spin on it,
this time.

And I’m hoping
it’s joyouslycrossroad
and euphorically naughty.

Abnormal passions?

That’s when it’s at it’s best.

Where the hell is that
place on my map?

(New Mexico, again, I bet )

Ahh well….

Say it with me, won’t you?



Oh hell,
call it lechery if you want.

Even concupiscence,
if you can pronounce it.

I just don’t even understand

how lust became of one
of the 7 deadly sins
to begin with…..lustweekend

After all,

I totally get how:
and gluttony
made the list.


Nobody likes a
jealous chowhound
right ?



I’m not indolent,

and I’m certainly
not avaricious.


That was a close one.

But, getting back to lust —

I ask you,

what’s life without a
little hormonal ardor ????

You know–

That craving you feel
right down to your toes,
and up through your
crown chakra.

That hankering for
that shade of
off-white/off-black that
you’ve yet to experience.

That longing for
someone that feels
so natural,
so guttural,
so carnal,
so grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

That yearning that courses
through every blood vessel,
every corpuscle.

That kind of
powerful concupiscence
that makes one
doubt one’s sanity,

The way it carries
you off with it —
time and space become meaningless.

You can’t get it
in a little blue pill,
you can’t rent it
on a street corner,,
you can’t bottle it and
sell it like twenty dollar gin.

You just have to experience it.

Oh sure, you’ll pay for it —
— in all sorts of ways —
but it’s fucking worth it.

I call it passion.

You can call it anything you want.

But it’s ain’t no deadly sin..

I’d want to die without it.


PS: thanks to Jen
for the lead snake lady piccie.


David Wright And The Pin Up

lookThe genre of classic
Pin Up Art can be a
tricky thing to define,

One man’s pin up is
another man’s high art–
— or another’s pornography.

Maybe it can be all three
at once sometimes,
I dunno.davidwright

I think it boils down to what you like,
and what you’re interested in.

All one asks,
I guess,
is a sense that the artist is bringing
one or several of the wonderful
qualities of femininity,
alive to a canvas.

to me,
is the mark of ana1
outstanding pin up artist.

Many of the readers of the
Muscleheaded Blog are going
to be familiar with the work
of the masters of American pin ups,

Gil Elvgren,
Zoe Mozert,
George Petty,
Earl Moran,
and Fritz Willis —

One of my favorite vintage coaxme
pin up artists wasn’t an
American, though–

He was a Brit,
by the name of David Wright.

And if you’ve been around
for a while,
you’ve seen a lot of his art
right here on the Muscleheaded Blog.

And it’s not just because
he loved to draw women in lingerie.

that’s a part of the allure.phones

Yow, is it.

David Wright was born
into a family of artists,
in London on December 12, 1912.

Both of Wright’s parents were
recognized painters,
as well as his uncle,

…… and upon the death of
his father in 1925, David went
to work in Gilbert Wright’s studio.

His Uncle Gilbert was
an assistant art director,david
an excellent artist in his own right,
and worked for an illustrated
British newspaper
called ‘The Graphic’,

which featured articles
and art from
well known people like:
George Eliot,
Henry Woods,
and Hubert Von Herkomer —

Vincent Van Gogh was a patron
and supporter of the publication,dw

which was in direct competition
with the very popular
‘Illustrated London News’.

Young David found his niche
doing illustrations for The Graphic,

… well as taking commissions
for the various women’s
fashion magazines popular at the time.

In 1936, he met and married a lady
who would become his muse
and most popular model —

Miss Esme Little.dw3

1939 brought war to the British Isles —

Supporting soldier morale
became an important
concern for publications –

reminding the men overseas
what they were fighting to defend at home-

and, David’s talent and considerable
background in fashion art would
now be applied to that job —

The high society magazine ‘Sketch’,
another extremely popular publication
that featured the work of such writers as:wright5

Agatha Christie
and Nora Hopper –

asked Wright to draw a series of
full color sensual illustrations
of beautiful women for the
magazine starting with the
January 1941 issue.

Most of these images were
ladies in partial dress or lingerie,
(many modeled by Esme–
a beautiful lady, to be sure,
– see images 1, 6, 9, 10, et al )

…. and were not particularly explicit,davidwright
as far as revealing nudity was concerned…

but they were almost immediately
a hit with servicemen in Britain,

and then, eventually in the United States, too–

A contemporary British source claimed that they:

“adorned practically every
military mess, bunker, dormitory
or club room in the country”.

Despite having been rejected
for service in the R.A.F.,
and then drafted into
Army service as a
driving instructor,

Wright continued to draw
his artworks for ‘Sketch’….

…… by the end of the war,
they had published over
170 of his pieces,
including a ‘Sketch’ cover.

When you look at these works,

it’s very easy to
recognize his style.

Other times,
it’ll come as a bit of a surprise –
as if he’s been holding back on you,

— and suddenly unleashes a look
you haven’t seen before.

Diverse opportunities for
commercial success really
came for David after the war…

After it ended in 1945,
David expanded his art,
sensual and otherwise,
for various other
publications, including:
and Men Only.

There was a strong demand
for cartoonists at that time,
and Wright found himself
drawing comic strips —

….. and soon became famous for
a popular series in the ‘Daily Mail’
called “Carol Day”….1946

This strip is considered by many
as the first of many ‘soap opera’ comic
to gain acceptance in newspaper
funnies-pages worldwide,

…… and Wright continued to work
on it until his death in 1967.

It is the artworks that David Wright
drew for ‘Sketch’ during
the period of 1941-1945–

(this series was dubbed
‘David Wright’s Lovelies’),

and those he created shortly after,

for which he is mostly appreciated
by pin up fans, though —-

They still look stunning —

as sensual, stylish, and fresh today,

………. despite having been
created almost 75 years ago.

This is part of the magic of his art —

He had a wonderful ability to express
the timeless femininity
and alluring beauty of davidwright1
the women in his canvases —

True to his vision,
and also very true to the
charm of his models.

I sincerely believe,
and hope,
that such things will never
lose their appeal or popularity.