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Jefferson Machamer
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under misc 17 Sep 2008 12:45 PM
Coming in March, another of our Pin-Up paperbacks. This time we're collecting various cartoonists who worked for the Humorama mens' magazines of old, giving an overview of styles and content.

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Jefferson Machamer is a stand-out in these old pulps. His work looked like nobody else's. The women are decidedly manish and the poses stiff so it's odd that he did pin-up work. I was unfamiliar with Machamer when I was first flipping through the Humorama digests and I couldn't get my head around this guy who seemed, at times, to be drawing Jimbo in drag. (Gary Panter has called him an influence.) Above is what I think must be a later piece, where the forms seem more natural. This one shows well what he did brilliantly: Look at those attacking lines just cutting out the forms. Every drawing screams with the artist's energy.