Lest you think I'm secretly running a theme this week showcasing giant Christmas tree ornaments, let me assure you, its only by coincidence that both yesterday's and today's posts open with such an image .
I just couldn't resist this terrific piece by Alex Ross, a Cooper Studio mainstay and regular contributor to Cosmopolitan magazine (and many others) during the 50's.
For new arrivals to this blog who have a background in comic books, I should repeat once again that this is NOT the Alex Ross who has painted his way into a very successful career at Marvel and DC.
This is, in fact, "your father's Alex Ross".
And also for the benefit of recent arrivals, I must tell once again the astonishing bit of trivia that this Alex Ross had an almost uninterrupted 12-year run doing covers for Good Housekeeping magazine. Isn't that incredible?
Imagine a magazine assigning its covers exclusively to just one artist for more than a decade. Its absolutely unheard of! I wish I knew the story behind that business relationship...
Anyway, here's another example of one of Ross' GH covers, which always featured one or more cute kids, usually involved in some thematically appropriate activity for that time of year.
More examples by the artist can be found in my Alex Ross Flickr set.