Connections: John Gannam and Al Hartley

Back on 01 January 2012, I posted a lovely “Out of Context” image that seemed appropriate for the morning after New Year’s Eve. The story from which I clipped the panel does not include an artist credit, but the Grand Comics Database attributes the artwork in “Menace to Our Marriage,” All Romances #2 (October 1949) to Al Hartley.

Almost sixteen months later, i.e., yesterday, on his blog Illustration Art, David Apatoff posted three paintings by John Gannam in the context of a discussion of the perennial commercial appeal of artistic depictions of female ecstasy over products. And one of Gannam’s “legendary” 1940s watercolours for Pacific Sheets leaped off the (Web) page at me! Scroll down and you’ll see why…