20th century illustration

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Dark Horse Comics Lady Killer mini series (compiled into a perfect bound graphic novel edition) is written by Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones, and masterfully drawn by Ms. Jones herself. 

The gritty (and bloody!) story deals with a Mad Men era suburban Seattle housewife who’s actually a CIA assassin. 

Artist Joelle Jones explains how she playfully put together a series of vintage ad mockups while doing research for the project, shown above (with additional hand lettering by Crank). The mini-series is a dark delight, just as these playfully grim ads are. This isn’t a comics blog, of course. And Rich and Jones’ mini series won’t be for everyone. But the art is still terrific, and those ads are fun. The illustration style and typography is strictly now, but the coloring and general ‘feel’ are pure retro. And we’ll admit it: We love retro, and get a real kick out of seeing contemporary tweaks and twists of vintage 20th century design, illustration and photographic tropes. Check out more of Jones work at joellejones.com.

“If Orpheus first produced the waltz.”  Color process illustration by Arthur Rackham for The Ingoldsby Legends, written by Thomas Ingoldsby, (Richard Harris Barham), and published in 1907.  

Władysław T. BendaMichael knew he must do something at once to break away from the spell of that beautiful witch. Published in: The Enemies of Women by Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Hearst’s magazine, April 1920.

“Lest a nightmare should come to the fairies’ cousin twice removed on their mother’s side.”  Color process illustration by Dugald Stewart Walker for his children’s book, Dream Boats and other Stories, published in 1920.