When you think "Lynn Buckham" you expect to see a drawing of a pretty girl. No surprise there... Buckham was one of the best at the romance style of 1950's illustration.
And it turns out he was pretty good at situational comedy scenarios involving different character types.
But there was another side to Lynn Buckham's work that is a bit unexpected...
Buckham had a knack for drawing comical animals!
You might not think this is a big deal (and I suppose it really isn't) but it fascinates me because you don't see this oddball characteristic in the work of other artists who did the sort of "straight" realism so popular at that time.
In fact very few illustrators who did realistic illustration during the 50's ever showed a cartoony side in their work.
The exception would be the multi-talented Bob Jones, also from Cooper's.
Since we know so little about Lynn Buckham, its impossible to say where this quirky quality in his work originated. I just thought it was worth taking note of this unusual recurring device in Buckham's illustrations.
*My Lynn Buckham Flickr set.