Tuesday, November 26, 2013

John Willie Mail Order BIZARRE Illustrations 1950s

Most of what is distributed on the web about the work of John Willie is associated with Bizarre magazine and the photographs and illustrations he created for the magazine. However in the mid-1950s Willie sold photographs and reproductions of his artwork via mail order, ephemera that few people outside of die-hard Willie fans know about. The method used was to make a large format negative of the chosen pieces and then make prints on matte surface, heavy-weight 8" x 10" photographic paper. Using his Bizarre mailing list he solicited potential buyers offering the photos for sale, similar to a system employed by Irving Klaw.

Here from the archives is a miscellaneous group from various sets, featuring the exceptional artwork created by Willie in the 1940s and 1950s. It is not known how many of these photographs he created, however they are quite rare and eagerly sought after by collectors.

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