Picking up from last week, we stated that the 29th edition of Movie Star News would morph into issue #30 of Cartoon and Pin-Up Parade, then finally by issue #31, Cartoon and Model Parade.
Now if we look inside this very first edition of Cartoon and Model Parade what do we find?
Peeling back the cover we discover (on the first page) mention of the “New CC-1” series. (Remember previously the “BB” series was advertised?)
And what do we observe with the CC-1 series, other than the archaic roots of bondage fantasy, which for some might be summed up in one word: “melodrama.”
Not only does the stock villainess here dress in black, she even wears a mask.
These photo stills, by the way, underscore Irving Klaw’s great efficiency as a businessman. His innovation—later widely imitated—was to kill two birds with one stone: To take marketable still photographs (various, full photographic sets) while shooting films, thereby creating two product lines simultaneously. In this case the film (advertised further along in this same catalog) is titled, “Captive Girl Foils A Thief,” by which we can assume Cocoa Brown (the damsel in distress on the couch) gets “even” by act 3. "Turnabout" is the basic plot formula of many such photo-play fantasies—and a favorite narrative device of Irving Klaw ace, Eric Stanton.
Three of my favorite pre-Bettie Page models: Joan Rydell, Cocoa Brown, and Shirley Maitland. But what's going on here?
The D-400 series, also highlighted in this very first edition of Cartoon and Model Parade, seems to introduce more theatrics (below)—not to mention the early Irving Klaw favorite (or my Irving Klaw favorite), Shirley Levitt.
“D-530” looks devious. Last week, we took a sneak peek. Shirley Levitt is the masked one, holding down the girl’s head.
Here’s Shirley Levitt (below) without a mask. She cleans up nicely wouldn’t you say?
Is that all that’s inside Cartoon and Model Parade, issue #31? Hardly.
By 1950—even before the arrival of Bettie Page—Irving Klaw had already accumulated an impressive “damsel in distress” catalog of photographs. Like the F-500 series (featuring Shirley Maitland, Shirley Levitt, and Cindy Heller). Here’s an example below:
And the K-600 series (featuring, among others, Vicki Hayes).
The classic T-200 series (featuring Chris Triplet).
The 4000 series (featuring Aimee, Frances Adams, and Lilli Dawn).
As for his artwork: both of John Willie’s highly influential (though unfinished) Chapter Serials—“Sweet Gwendoline” and “The Escape Artiste”— are also featured in this first Cartoon and Model Parade catalog.
Not bad, huh?
Whew! That’s enough. I could go on and on, but I think I need to take a nap.
Tune in next week for an Irving Klaw “damsel in distress” series I may have missed.
Bye, for now!