If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Bob Peak must have been feeling very flattered around 1960.
For example: the Dobbs hat ad below from Esquire magazine, signed 'Bob Peak', follows the unsigned Creslan ad from the previous spread.
Also by Peak? Or merely 'Peak-ish'?
I often come across these unsigned examples that make me wonder just that... and even when they are signed, like the Hartmann luggage ad below, its undeniable that the artist intended to give his illustration a Peak-ish flare.
Before Bob Peak, you simply don't find this sort of style anywhere.
More than anything else, this influence on the look of early 60's illustration might be the greatest indication of Bob Peak's success.
In his issue-long article on Bernie Fuchs in Illustration #15, David Apatoff recounts how Advertising Age magazine at one point began running a series of ads by Fuchs imitators ... a game to see who could spot the copies, because they had become so prolific in the business.
Consider today's post your opportunity to participate in a similar game.
* I have many people to thank for assisting me with this week's topic: Barbara Bradley, Charlie Allen, David Apatoff, Tom Watson for their advice, opinions, information and scans, and Dan Zimmer for allowing me to excerpt passages from Tom Peak's article in Illustration magazine, which are ©2003, 2008 by Tom Peak, Dan Zimmer and The Illustrated Press, Inc., and all artwork © The Estate of Robert Peak.
There is much, much more on the artist at Bob Peak.com
My Bob Peak Flickr set.