Edgar Norfield – Great moments in a girl’s life #20

I have featured previously Edgar Norfield’s clever series to titillate readers of the Forties. here’s #20 which plays of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby’s colleague on the ‘Road’ movies which I suspect are all but forgotten by anyone under 30 years of age!


London Opinion February 1948, p.29

London Opinion February 1948, p.29

Henry Boltinoff and London Opinion

Boltinoff at London Opinion 1939 December pp32-33

You don’t normally expect to see an American appearing in London Opinion.  Take a look at the right hand cartoon. Whose is the signature? Yes, it certainly looks too much like Henry Boltinoff – especially with the characteristic underlining – not to be him. Now, if you don’t know who he is, you didn’t read Superman comics in the 1950s and 1960s. His cartoons from these comics have been beautifully reproduced at Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics.

Henry Boltinoff (February 19, 1914 – April 19, 2001) was an American cartoonist born in New York City. His brother Murray Boltinoff was an editor at DC Comics. His cartoons are still available and one sample can be seen at the King Features website – showing his more rounded style to the cartoon above, similar to the DC Comics version. He created amongst many strips the cute Super-turtle! I’ve found a book by him that looks intriguing called Sex is Better in College with a cartoon cover showing a pony-tailed girl chasing a boy who is holding her frilly pants at a distance, and Howls of Ivy which I assume refers to the Ivy League colleges’ halls.

If anyone knows why this American was published in London Opinion, I’d love to hear from you. Perhaps he was posted here during the war – but this 1939 and therefore unlikely, but who knows?

Stan Terry cartoonist

Stan Terry cartoonin London Opinion 1939 December p25

It’s funny how one piece of work can attract you. The picture scanned from London Opinion was just like that.  I couldn’t understand the joke, but suspected it had something to do with class. In the hope of learning soemthing I searched for “Slate Club” and found:

Definitions of slate club

1. [n] -(British) a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)

A savings club!

Now I presume that anyone in the RAF is seen as a bit better off than someone having to put by money for a Christmas hamper.  Have I done this to death? I love his strong lines, certain lines and the caricatured faces. However looking at his other work on the Net, I can’t see the same thing, maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, it took a while to understand the signature and make out this Stan Terry not Stan Jerry! There are pictures of his cartoons all over the Net – ten are on punchcartoons.com. Unfortunately I can’t find anything about the gentleman! Even the excellent Cartoon Archive has nothing!

They make us smile: Eward S. Hynes

London Opinion 1939 December pp28-29

London Opinion 1939 December pp30-31London Opinion 1939 December


“Edward Sylvester Hynes (b. 1897, Burren, County Clare; d. Burren, 12 May 1982) was a joke and political cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and painter.” His work appeared in many magazines – as described in the Irish Comics Wiki – particularly in colourful caricature covers for the pocket sized Men Only. Chris Mullen’s excellent site has scans from Hynes’ only book, Cocktail Cavalcade.

Cocktail Cavalcade

I can’t understand some of these cartoons – and I suspect that time has not been kind to the jokes.

Edgar Norfield and Edward S. Hynes

I scanned the following from a copy of London Opinion (December 1939 page 6) and enjoyed the Norfield joke. We don’t get to see much of his artwork here, but the periscope works for me! Opposite is a cartoon by Hynes who appeared in lots of these magazines at the time. I don’t particularly like his style but there will be a brief overview in the next blog post about him as an article appears in the same issue.Norfield submarine joke

Nicholas Bentley – London Opinion adverts

London Opinion 1947 - Adverts by Nicolas Bentley

London Opinion 1947 July p71

The top two pictures are by an artist called Nicolas Bentley – note the spelling – it’s important! I trip over his work whenever looking at 1940s or 1950s magazines. He stands out because of his comical characters drawn with no shading or shadows to speak of. When he uses solid blacks they are not usually anywhere near the characters’ faces. His quirky signature also stands out when it appears on his work. For this post, I had a little rummage around on the net to see who he was, and lo and behold, a real character emerged! Bentley's signature

Nicolas Clerihew Bentley (14 June 1907 – 14 August 1978) decided to drop the ‘h’ from his first name worked in a circus, was no good at academic or unbelievably art studies! However his famous godfather, G. K. Chesterton encouraged him in his work and published his first commercial work. His career sounds so fascinating I’m surprised I’ve never really tripped over the details before.  The London Transport Museum mentions his peers “With colleagues Rex Whistler, Edward Ardizzone and John Betjeman, he was responsible for the ‘Shell Guide’ series, first published in 1933.” He himself spoke of his art thus: ” Experience has taught me the value of making a minute observation of appearances. Particularly is that true of the comic artist. […] The human species lends itself readily to the more superficial forms of caricature.” I think I’d like to have met this man! The excellent British Cartoon Archive has a biography and a photo of the gentleman, and sure enough he looks extremely happy with his lot! It’s easy to find his work all over the Net – Search Google images and Chris Mullen has a sample of some of his art and books.

Edgar Norfield – Great moments in a girl’s life # 10

Another one in the series from London Opinion March 1947 p29. Notice how the shape of the woman in question is formed. A simple curve and letraset filling the form.The banker also appears to be completed in drybrush. I love the fact (or maybe it’s just me) how Norfield places the hands and in my mind I associate draughts in unpleasant places!

London Opinion 1947 Mar p29

Mark Garfitt kindly sent me this picture from a calendar from 1938 – see his comment below!!!

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