Mac Conner, illustrator

 

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

Killer in the Club Car in This Week magazine, 1954. Photograph: Museum of the City of New York.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

Let’s Take a Trip Up the Nile, published in This Week magazine, 1950. Museum of the City of New York.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

Hold On Tight, published in Redbook, 1958. Museum of the City of New York.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad MenThere’s Death For Remembrance, for This Week magazine, 1953. Astrid Cravens.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men“The Girl Who Was Crazy About Jimmy Durante” in Woman’s Day, 1953. Museum of the City of New York.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

We Won’t Be Any Trouble, Collier’s, 1953. Museum of the City of New York.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

All The Good Guys Died, printed in Cosmopolitan, 1951. Astrid Cravens.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

Don’t Be Like Me, in Collier’s, 1953. Museum of the City of New York/Museum of the City of New York.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

Strictly Respectable, printed in Redbook, 1953. Museum of the City of New York.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

Where’s Mary Smith?, published in Good Housekeeping, 1950. Museum of the City of New York.

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

How Do You Love Me, for Woman’s Home Companion, 1950. Museum of the City of New York.

Check out Mac Conner: A New York Life beginning on September 10th—it’s on until January 19th of next year.

The Phantom inspired New Guinea War Shields

Vincze Miklós

Lee Falk‘s hero the Phantom made his comic book debut in February 1936, but he also appears on dozens of traditional war shields made by people from the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea between the 1960s and 1980s. Why?

The Wahgi people of Papua New Guinea have long made enormous shields from tree trunks, and have continued to make these shields as a form of ritual artwork. In the late 20th century, many of these Papua New Guinea highlanders began incorporating “new ideas” into their traditional works, so that shields bore emblems of football teams, beer brands, and, yes, the Phantom. Western comic books became widely available in the region after World War II, and the Phantom became a particularly popular character.

Art educator and dealer Michael Reid notes that two things in particular made the Phantom an ideal subject for a war shield: he is a hero who protects his home and he is known as “The Man Who Cannot Die.” Just as many comic book readers adopt the emblems of their favorite heroes, so too have these artists taken the symbolic power of the Phantom and adapted it to their own traditions.

The Phantom on some shields made by Wahgi people in the 1980s

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

(via Michael ReidArt Gallery NSWGalerie FlakChristopher John StoneThe Grid andArtNet)

Beware of the Man Who Never Dies

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

(via Nathan Potts)

A Phantom Shield from the 1989 Civil War

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

(via Mrs. Matthews)

As an aboriginal warrior

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

(via Christopher John Stone)

The Man Who Would Not Die, painted by Kaipel Ka

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Phantom vs. Evil

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

(via Christopher John Stone)

The head of Phantom

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

 

 

 

 

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