Take a close look at the full-page picture of the female movie star in the magazine that Norman Rockwell’s Girl at Mirror has in her lap. Now look at the reflection of the woman in Robert McGinnis’s painting for the Carter Brown novel, The Never-Was Girl; see how McGinnis’s model seems to be using her hands as a cover to test how she would look with her hair done up like Rockwell’s movie star; also, simply compare the two faces. Coincidence? I doubt it…
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.”
(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.