Wednesday, April 22, 2009

vintage playboy ad of the day

Vintage Ad #800: The Glorious Belfast Bash, Jack Davis Style

The unmistakable art of Jack Davis highlights today's ad pick. Contrast the depiction of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem with the off-kilter characters around them that walked out of Davis casting central. Seeing Davis's work is often comforting, thanks to the toxic amount of Mad books and magazines I read in my teens, along with all of the covers, movie posters and advertisements he has worked on through the years.

A sidebar depicted other Columbia releases of the time, including albums from Johnny Cash (Orange Blossom Special) and Thelonious Monk (Monk).


Here's a clip of the group performing on The Ed Sullivan Show around the time this ad would have appeared on newsstands in 1965.

Also in this issue:

  • The first excerpt of Ian Fleming's The Man With the Golden Gun. Fleming had promised Playboy the pre-publication serialization rights shortly before his death in August 1964, having been satisfied with the magazine's previous handling of You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The accompanying painted illustrations are clearly based on Sean Connery, though Roger Moore would be 007 by the time the story reached the screen. The serialization wrapped up in the July issue.

  • The Playboy Interview with satirist Art Buchwald.

  • A feature on racy discotheques in San Francisco, including obligatory shots of bra-less go-go dancers.

  • A nostalgic look at childhood purchases of penny candy by Jean Shepherd (A Christmas Story). While reading this piece, it was easy to conjure Shepherd's voice telling tales of late-night toothaches. wax dentures, cranky store owners, and detailed descriptions of jawbreakers.

  • The opening installment of a series on the history of sex in the cinema by film critics Arthur Knight and Hollis Alpert. Presented for historical curiosity is The Kiss, which caused a ruckus when it hit vitascopes in 1896 (relax, it's safe for work).

  • Contributions from Arthur C. Clarke, J. Paul Getty, Shel Silverstein and P.G. Wodehouse

Source: Playboy, April 1965 

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