Not a terribly well known illustrator (though a good one, in my opinion) Bill Baker must have been delighted by the opportunity to do a cover for this August '54 issue of Collier's magazine. And what illustrator wouldn't love an assignment that calls for a skin-diving blonde in a red bikini as the subject of some 'underwater fun'?
Seeing this piece for the first time certainly made me stop and say "Wow!"
But I wonder how fun it was for Baker when only months later another artist swiped his 'lady in red' for the movie poster below? Not only is the body position and outfit virtually identical, but even the lighting and shadows that define the form of the bikini-clad babe have been copied.
American Art Archives attributes a similar poster for the same film to Ren Wicks. I can't say for sure if Wicks did this version as well, but it serves as a reminder to us all that our swipes can come back to haunt us... even half a century later!
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