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Rudy Pott (1899-1974)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Noel Sickles once made a sweeping statement dismissing all the magazine illustrators of the 50's for lacking the ability to portray action and adventure. He was, of course, talking about the Cooper "clinch" artists who had come to dominate the pages of women's - and most mainstream - magazines. There were certainly some excellent story artists working during that time, but one who is less well known is Rudy Pott.

I haven't found a lot of work by Pott, but what I have found has always been of the action/adventure type and, in my opinion, a bit reminiscent of Sickles' work. Some artists excelled at quiet romantic scenes while others were called upon for their ability to capture exciting moments of dynamic aggression. Rudy Pott clearly fell into the latter category - with gusto!

Pott did competent but unspectacular art for the Post in the 1940's, but his work during the 50's displays a confidence and maturity that speaks of an artist who has come into his own. Even a non-action scene like the one below has an admirable quality of composition and execution that creates a visual tension even Noel Sickles could have appreciated.

There are eight images you can see at full size in my Rudy Pott Flickr set.


  1. Love the angle and lighting of the bottom piece. Nice mood also.

  2. Yup - I'm with you on that, Dom. ;-)





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