The Brinkley Girls

The Brinkley Girls For over thirty years Nell Brinkley s beautiful girls pirouetted waltzed Charlestoned vamped and shimmied their way through the pages of William Randolph Hearst s newspapers captivating the Americ

  • Title: The Brinkley Girls
  • Author: Nell Brinkley Trina Robbins
  • ISBN: 9781560979708
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For over thirty years Nell Brinkley s beautiful girls pirouetted, waltzed, Charlestoned, vamped and shimmied their way through the pages of William Randolph Hearst s newspapers, captivating the American public with their innocent sexuality This sumptuously designed oversized hardcover collects Brinkley s breathtakingly spectacular, exquisitely colored full page art from 1For over thirty years Nell Brinkley s beautiful girls pirouetted, waltzed, Charlestoned, vamped and shimmied their way through the pages of William Randolph Hearst s newspapers, captivating the American public with their innocent sexuality This sumptuously designed oversized hardcover collects Brinkley s breathtakingly spectacular, exquisitely colored full page art from 1913 to 1940 Here are her earliest silent movie serial inspired adventure series, Golden Eyes and Her Hero, Bill her almost too romantic series, Betty and Billy and Their Love Through the Ages her snappy flapper comics from the 1920s her 1937 pulp magazine inspired Heroines of Today Included are photos of Nell, reproductions of her hitherto unpublished paintings, and an informative introduction by the book s editor, Trina Robbins.In 1907, at the tender age of 22, Nell Brinkley came to New York to draw for the Hearst syndicate Within a year, she had become a household name Flo Ziegfeld dressed his dancers as Brinkley Girls in the Ziegfeld Follies Three popular songs were written about her.Women, aspiring to the masses of curly hair with which Nell adorned her fetching and idealized creations, could buy Nell Brinkley Hair Curlers for ten cents a card Young girls cut out and saved her drawings, copied them, colored them, and pasted them in scrapbooks The Brinkley Girls took over from the Gibson Girls.Nell Brinkley widened her scope to include pen and ink depictions of working women Brinkley used her fame to campaign for better working conditions and higher pay for women who had joined in the war effort, and who were suffering economic and social dislocation due to acting on their patriotism Unlike most of her contemporaries, she drew women of different races and cultures Except among a small group of avid collectors, she has been unjustly forgottenuntil now.Nominated for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Best Archival Collection Project Strips Best Publication Design.

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    1. Oh Nell Brinkley, where have you BEEN all my life?After devouring work by women about lecherous women in the 1920s mode (and making it myself) it is wonderful to find the real thing! (Okay, maybe Brinkley's girls aren't exactly LECHEROUS, but I can project those ideas onto Brinkley's half-naked heroic jungle girl drawings and her illustrations of girls emerging from tumultuous waves, their gossamer garments soaked to their skins.) Her illustrations are gorgeous- ornamented in all the right areas [...]

    2. Most people who know of graphic artists in the early part of the 20th century think of people such as Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, Alphose Mucha and other male artists. Actually, there were a number of very successful women graphic artists, some of whose work perseveres to now. One, though, who has been largely forgotten was Nell Brinkley, whose cartoon-like but glamorous women with their wide- and highly-mascaraed eyes and often-beautiful attire graced many of the ads, products, sheet music, a [...]

    3. I flipped through this book browsing the shelves at the library because the cover caught my eye. The rest of the illustrations are eye-catching as well! Nell Brinkley's illustrations were featured in many New York newspapers and magazines from 1913-1940. They are so colorful and fun. In contrast to the prim and proper "Gibson girl" image of the time, the "Brinkley girl" is fun-loving, independent, and a symbol of feminism and suffrage. Each page is a full-color illustration!

    4. Very striking illustrations in a nice oversize format. It would have been nice to have more introductory text on Brinkley and her career, but that isn't the official purpose of the book. Her style was strikingly similar to manga. It was particularly interesting to see the storylines and characters become increasingly shallow as she moved from WWI into the roaring 20s. Clothing looks so comfortable then.

    5. This hardcover is a nice representation of what passed as good girl art back in the early 1900's.The reproductions are done well and the colors jump off the page.I'm not fond of how Brinkley drew men, they were either effeminate or had cheesy mustaches, The richness and details of each drawing are astonishing, Each painting looks likes it is ready to frame.

    6. this book is so fun to look through! nell brinkley is incredibly inspiring, and i love her artistic style: intricate, single-line, and colorful drawings depicting adorable women in various scenes. this book lays out the serialized image-stories that nell brinkley published in newspapers week to week. my favourite is the series "golden-eyes and her hero bill" (nos. 2 & 12 are fun).

    7. A gorgeous book of Nell Brinkley's gorgeous proto-comics illustration work for newspapers. I have a short review here: lasvegasweekly/news/20

    8. A well curated book with great information allowing someone who knows nothing of Nell Brinkley (like me) view the material with the proper background information.

    9. The linework and colors are good, but I didn't get anything from them as actual stories. The book has a lot of information Brinkley and her art that fans will enjoy.

    10. Nice drawings. I like reading about artists life and how they actually ended up making a living doing what they enjoy.

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