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Connections: Norman Rockwell vs. Myron Fass

I’m not a big fan of Norman Rockwell, but as I was browsing through an old romance comic, what to my wondering eyes should appear but more fodder for an irregular feature here at RCN entitled “Connections.”

The story, “Powerhouse of Deceit!,” from Dream of Love #9, is uncredited, but GCD identifies the penciller and inker as Myron Fass. The comic was published in 1958, but the story, apparently, is a reprint from Great Lover Romances #3, Toby Press, 1951 series.

(Hey, trivia fans! Do you know who was art director and comics editor at Toby Press in 1951? Here’s a hint: I mentioned it in a previous post. That’s right: it was none other than the creator of the comic strips “Miss Peach” and “Momma,” Mell Lazarus, though I think he still spelled his first name “Mel” at that time.)

Norman Rockwell’s famous illustration, Strictly a Sharpshooter, is from 1941.

3 thoughts on “Connections: Norman Rockwell vs. Myron Fass

  1. Swiping is not limited to comics or illustration. Take a look at these gorgeous pieces by 18th century Japanese yukio-e artist Hiroshige, and the wholesale robbery committed by Vincent van Gogh in the late 19th century:

    If today’s manga looked like the breathtaking masterworks of Hokusai or Hiroshige, I’d be a fan. I’ve yet to see anything that lyrical or evocative in colour, line, or design.


  2. Unlike many comics artists and illustrators who have used swipes, Vincent van Gogh didn’t copy other artists as a shortcut to the creation of works that he then passed off as his own originals with clients/patrons; rather, he copied other artists as a way of learning from them. I’m not sure if you are aware, but in the classical figurative art tradition, it used to be standard practice for artists to copy works by established masters en route to becoming masters themselves, and in some circles, it still is.

    BTW, each of the highlighed words in that last sentence is a separate link, and there are lots more where those came from. Here, for instance, is a quotation from the Web site of the National Gallery of Art in Washington:


    The National Gallery of Art copyist program has been in operation since the Gallery opened in 1941. A permit issued by the registrar’s office is required for copying works of art in oil or any other liquid medium. The Gallery provides permit holders with an easel, stool, and drop cloth; private easels are not allowed. Visitors may sketch with pencils or other dry media in the galleries without a permit.

    To participate in the copyist program, applicants must meet all requirements outlined in the National Gallery of Art “Rules Governing the Copying of Works of Art” and agree to an interview and a security background check; they must acknowledge in writing their acceptance of the rules. For more information on the copyist program, please e-mail your name and mailing address to A packet of materials will be mailed to you within seven business days.

    The issue of a copyist permit does not in any way constitute the National Gallery of Art’s endorsement of a copyist’s work.

    Van Gogh was no robber; he was just a student of art.


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