Austin Briggs once said, "I look for two things [in a picture] - the absolute familiar and as unique a representation of it as I can find."
Perhaps it was this philosophy that motivated Briggs to approach these story assignments for Look magazine as he did: all are done as ink line drawings and in that sense seem similar, but Briggs chose to experiment with a unique line quality in each case, giving each one a distinctive character.
I normally bleach the yellow of the aging paper out of my scans but in the case of these images I rather liked the effect so I let it be.
What I find to be so remarkable about these pieces is how fresh and vital they look even today, 50 years after Briggs drew them. A testament to Briggs' tremendous talent and thoughtfulness as an artist.
Briggs said, "I think the artist is, first of all, an eye. And he must give the public an original and striking and informative message."
"[Because the public] is hungry for new aesthetic experiences."
All of these images can be seen at full size in my Austin Briggs Flickr set.