Saturday, September 05, 2009

Your Assistance Is Requested

The world is a better place thanks to author/editor/publisher Manuel Auad, who is responsible for the three invaluable Alex Toth books, Alex Toth, Black and White, and One for the Road.

Now the man who wrote the book(s) on "the comic artist's comic artist" is nearing completion on what he calls his year-long "labour of love", a book on "the illustrator's illustrator", Robert Fawcett.

Manuel has reached out to ask the assistance of any Fawcett collector who might be able to identify the publication details of the two pieces shown here. Perhaps you have tear sheets from - or the actual issues of - The Saturday Evening Post these illustrations appeared in. Manuel would be most grateful to anyone who could tell him the story title, author, and publication dates.

"As always," writes Manuel, "I’ll be more than happy to credit anybody who can help me."

Here's hoping someone out there has the elusive information on these two pieces.

* My Robert Fawcett Flickr set.


  1. Has Manuel taken these images to Walt or Roger Reed to have them help him out? I'm sure they would know, since they document everything!

  2. Anonymous6:01 PM


    I have tear sheets of the two Robert Fawcett illustrations in question. The first one of the two soldiers was at the top of the page and on the other side of it is an article about "The Craziest Thing That Grows" by Neil M. Clark on page 42, if that's a help?
    My father's files on Robert Fawcett were in some measure taken from Collier's Magazine if that helps too?
    As for the second illustration of Robert Fawcett's picture of "Garrity looking down on the judge," has on the obverse page a set of three photos that deal with ice fishing situations with photography by Mike Kesterton, there being no description of page or magazine, yet it has the Collier's Magazine size and feel to it.
    If this information can help you in any way to find the information you are looking for to identify these two pieces of art, I'm glad I could be of some assistance. I don't have any other info for you, but I must say I have plenty of Robert Fawcett's art in tear sheet form from various magazines of that incredible period of time when illustrators were king, and they are a delight to see. I look at them often and marvel at the draftsmanship that an artist like Robert Fawcett put into his artwork. Hope this helps you in some small way.
    Randy Ranson

  3. Anonymous6:24 PM

    Further Info for you on these two illustrations by Robert Fawcett.

    Neil M. Clark articles

    They don't list the title "The Craziest Thing That Grows" but by the looks of it, he mostly wrote for the 'Saturday Evening Post' so it must be an article that ran in the Post.

    As for the other illustration, the photographer on the back seemed to be a Globe and Mail photographer, which seems logical that his photos might have been used for the 'ice fishing' article.

    Randy Ranson

  4. leif, walt reed had the original of the one with the 2 soldiers with the electric razor....i used to own that one in the 1990's....i believe i sold it when i was moving and got married about 6 years ago....i sold it to mitch itkowitz,the art dealer with graphic fairly sure it was from the saturday evening post...walt reed would know because he has the,brian...

  5. to be more specific,walt reed told me it was saturday eve post,probably 1950's....

  6. Haylee, Randy and Brian; Thanks to you all for your helpful hints and suggestions. We are trying several other routes as well to pin down the exact date, story title and author... but your assistance is very much appreciated - thank you! :^)