Vintage Pin Up: Robert McGuire

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The Pulpier The Better

outofideasIt seems like the
trend in Hollyweird
these days is to
remake everything
they can get
their hands on……

And
come on,
did they
really need
to revisit “Ant Man
and The Wasp” from
comics ?

Lame,
man, lame.

Talk about
running out of ideas.worldofif

When they do
come up with
something of a
semi-original plot
idea —

it’s about turning
obnoxious rich guys
into pet house cats
so they’ll have to
spend more time
with their
just-as-obnoxious
families.

Oh well,
at least he
can’t complain
about not getting
enough pussy,
anymore.eat

Anyhoo —
back in the
vein of remakes,

I was thinking
that a fertile field
that Hollyweird
has thus-far
failed to tap
is the whole genre of
bad pulp paperbacks
from the
1950’s
and 1960’s–

After all,
how much
worse can
the movies getacdc
than they are now?

Of course, anybody
who has ever had
the pleasure of
furtively perusing
one of these vintage,
shabby pulp tomes
(as a young boy)
knows that the
interesting content
is all on the cover …..

— the rest of
the book
might as well
be an
encyclopedic entry
set on demonstratingcruel
the literary concept
of boring.

Vapid,
Tedious,
Lackluster,
Stodgy,
Mundane,
Banal,
Stale,
Unimaginative,
Jejeune,

—- Dullsville,
man.

Flat as
a pancake. 

Again, though —
it seems perfectly
in tune with the
current movie trendexp
which provide more
than ample breaks
in the action for the opportunity to go
visit the snack bar
several times during
a feature without
missing so much
as an Ooooh,
or an Ahhhh.

‘Cause at
the movie theatre —

Popcorn is profit.

Hmmmm….

Come to think about it…

Movies have gone through
all kinds of expensive,libraian
technological changes
over the years —

Panavision,
Technocolor,
3-D,
Sensoround,
Dolby Sound,
Digital Animation ….

All to produce,
what,
to average Joe,
is no more than
a hum-drum
minor adrenaline
surge at the
52:17 mark.

Popcorn
can do that,nursey
and has required
absolutely no expensive breakthroughs in
production technologies,

— nor has it
required spiraling
multi-billion dollar
contracts for over-paid
actors, writers,
and the rest of that ilk.

So my idea is that
we print up a few vintage
risque paperback covers
and charge people
to stand in line
at the snack bar
and look at em.

They can useprinc
their imagination
to develop the plots,
characters,
situations,
and
all the happy
endings they want.

We simply provide:

a $100 popcorn popper

and a years supply
of popcorn,

artificially flavored
synthetic ‘butter’

( really, just something
to wet the stuff,
but nothing to interfere
with the bland taste
which is so key to today’s sinstreet
cutting edge media
experience,
apparently )

plus a soda fountain,

posters,

an attendant that moves
slower than molasses,

and of course,
plenty of napkins.

You know,
for the happy
endings.

Jeeeez….

I’ll make a mint.

And they said
I’d never amount
to anything.

HOY !!!!!

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The Pin Up Art Of Ernest Chiriaka

Sure, you’re a
longtime and
dedicated subscriber
of the Muscleheaded Blog,
right?

That,
my friend,
makes you
a sorta
expert on the
vintage Pin Up
genre –

– so, you should have
no trouble telling me
just who the heck was
Anastassios Kyriakakos.

Hey-
no fair,
reading the post title.

Yeah,
you’re right –

it was none
other than
Ernest Chiriaka.

I’m given to understand
the name is a translated
version of the whole
Anastassios K thing.

Sorry,
all Greek to me.

But there is more
to the name thing-
Tassi
is the shortened form
of Anastassios,
which sounds like
Darcy “,
which is a name you
might see on certain
Chiriaka works.
(along with “ACKA”
and “A.D.” )

Confused, yet?

Well, this guy was
a seriously skilled
artist, and I’ll make
no bones about that.

His heritage was Spartan
(literally), his parents
having emigrated from the
Laconia area of Greece,
and coming to the United
States in 1907.

He was born a couple
years later, in 1913,
in New York City.

At the age of 14,
young Tassi was painting
on anything he could find-
and soon was hired to
paint signs professionally
in a shop.

In that job, he recognized
his calling, and signed up
for evening classes in
illustration and drafting
at the venerable Mechanics
Institute, then going on to
the Grand Central School
of Art.

There, he met a lovely
young art student named
Katherine, and he married
her in 1937.

By 1940, his illustrative
work was appearing in a
wide range of publications,
and his work on pulp fiction
covers was especially popular.

These included
titles like:
Sweetheart Stories,
Ten Detectives,
Aces Western,
Adventure,
Big Book Western,
Black Book Detective,
Detective Fiction Weekly,
Dime Western,
Texas Rangers,
Thrilling Mystery,
Exciting Detective,
Fifteen Western Tales,
.44 Westerns,
G-Men Detective,
New Detective,
Phantom Detective,
Rodeo Romances,
Star Western,
et al.

But a new market also
was creating demand:

Pin Ups for calendars,
magazines, advertising,
arcade cards, and the
like.

By 1942, with World
War II in full swing,
and he himself found
ineligible for military
service due to health
issues, he found himself
knee deep in illustrative
jobs of all kinds.

As busy as he was then,
the period after the war
was actually his most
creative and productive
era-

– he became a part of
the American Artists
Agency in 1950, and
thus, was doing art
for the country’s most
popular magazines like
American Magazine,
Colliers, Coronet, The Saturday Evening Post,
Argosy……

and more
especially,
Esquire Magazine,
– where his classic
pin ups are still
remembered with
great enthusiasm.

In the 1960’s,
he went back to
concentrating on
paper-back book
covers, and by the
late 1980’s was
really only interested
in doing landscapes
with an Old
West theme.

He passed the veil
at age 98, in 2010,
at his longtime
home on
Long Island,
New York.

More Chiriaka Art Here.

! HOY !