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Monday, October 21, 2013

More classic illustration art and photos featuring Eva Lynd...

After I wrote my last post about model and actress Eva Lynd, I got an email from Eva that included a new revelation.

It was a scan of an interior illustration by artist James Bama from the August 1957 issue of STAG magazine, along with a brief note that said: “I think this is me.

I took one look at the face, hair and the slight cleft in the chin of the beautiful young girl taking off her clothes in the foreground of the illustration and she seemed unmistakable to me.

It’s almost certainly Eva Lynd.

Unfortunately, Eva was so busy modeling for various artists and glamour photographers in the late 1950s, in addition to appearing in television shows, that she said she doesn’t have any memories of modeling for Bama.

But it makes sense that he used her as a female model for some of his illustrations.

Bama’s favorite male model was Steve Holland, the manly guy who became the iconic face and body of Doc Savage in the popular cover paintings Bama did for Bantam’s Doc Savage paperback series. And, Eva did many modeling sessions with Steve Holland for two other artists who used Eva regularly for their illustration artwork in the 1950s and 1960s – Norm Eastman and Al Rossi.

In fact, some of the coolest mementoes she has shared with me are reference photos Al Rossi took of Eva and Holland and later gave to her.

I’ve shown a couple in previous posts. Below are two more that are like gold to an Eva Lynd and Steve Holland fanboy like me.

Next to those photos is a paperback with an Al Rossi cover painting that Eva believes she modeled for: NUDE IN THE SAND by John Burton, published by Beacon in 1959.

It’s not surprising that Eva isn’t 100% sure about that one, or about some of the magazine artwork that seems to feature her, like the James Bama illustration.

When illustration artists took reference photos of models for men’s adventure magazines and pulp paperbacks, they usually didn’t tell the models what story or book it was for. In fact, in many cases, the artists probably didn’t know the names that would be used for the stories or books themselves.

After I started writing posts about Eva on this blog and we struck up an ongoing correspondence, I began working with her and men’s adventure art collector Rich Oberg to try to identify which men’s pulp mag illustrations feature her. Through those discussions, we’ve IDed many issues with classic Norm Eastman cover paintings that I don’t (yet) have in my collection and was previously unaware of, such as MAN’S BOOK, December 1965, MAN’S STORY, August 1966 and MAN'S STORY, February 1967.

Even Eva and Rich are not always sure whether certain distressed damsels in Eastman cover paintings are her or Eastman’s other favorite models, Lisa Karan and Shere Hite. Their faces are similar to Eva’s. And, Eva, Rich and I sometimes have trouble agreeing on who’s who.

For example, not long ago, illustration art collector Nick Daly posted a shot of an original Norm Eastman cover painting he’d recently purchased in the Men’s Adventure Magazines Facebook Group. It was used on the cover of the October 1966 issue of NEW MAN magazine.

When I asked Eva about it, she said she doubted if she was the model for the blonde in the foreground and wasn’t sure if she was the redhead who is wearing the purple dress and matching high heels (a perfect outfit for a stylish damsel being tormented by Nazis). As I ponder it again, I’d say the blonde might be Shere Hite. The redhead still looks like Eva to me. But Eva thought it might be Lisa Karan. Take a look and draw your own conclusions…

In contrast, it’s relatively easy to make positive IDs of the photos of Eva that appeared in magazines.

She is usually identified by name in the many glamour girl pinup photos of her that appeared in men’s magazines and in the photos that appeared in mainstream entertainment magazines.

One of the magazines I recently added to my collection is the September 1958 issue of the pocket-sized men’s pinup magazine MALE POINT OF VIEW. It features a classic pinup photo of Eva by Herb Flatow on the cover and a two-page spread inside with uncredited photos that may be by him (or maybe by Wil Blanche).

Thanks to a scrapbook she has kept for decades, Eva also has a good handle on the photographs in which she appeared anonymously in scenes shot for the covers and stories of detective, crime and romance magazines, another facet of her busy modeling career in the late 1950s. (Though she doesn’t know the exact dates for all of them.)

As I’ve learned more about Eva, it has been interesting to find out how many different types magazines she appeared in during the ‘50s and ‘60s.

For example, a while ago she sent me a clipping showing a photo of her in the March 10, 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. When I tracked down a copy I found out it was in a fascinating story about the casinos in Havana, Cuba that were being run by American mobsters before Fidel Castro took control of the country.

Eva explained that, for a brief period in 1958 she worked as a casino showgirl there. The photo of her in LIFE shows her in an evening gown playing craps, above a photo of actor George Raft (who worked as a celebrity greeter at one of the casinos). The caption of Eva’s photo says: “Chorus girl Eva Lynd shakes dice at craps table in Riviera Hotel's mammoth casino.”

Eva also emailed me some great photos of herself in her showgirl costumes, with the note:

“Here is an episode in my life when I was a showgirl in Cuba in 1958. I was working in the then very new Riviera Hotel next to the Malecon. When there was a storm, the water came in and flooded the lobby. That was a very exciting time and a lot of fun. I was there for two months, after which all Americans were asked to leave. Castro came into power January 1959, and as you know, everything changed then, never to be the same again.”

The longer I know Eva Lynd and the more I learn about her, the more amazed I am at the many facets of her multifaceted career.

Thanks again, Eva, for sharing your mementos and memories with me and the readers of MensPulpMags.com.

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KEN FOR MEN, May 1957

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Eva Lynd…Illustration art model, glamour photo model, actress and more…

This year, I’ve had the great pleasure and honor of getting to know Eva Lynd, one of the most multifaceted glamour girls of the 1950s and 1960s.

Eva contacted me about six months ago, after I’d done a couple of posts about her here (“Eva Lynd vs. The Nazis…”).

We’ve been corresponding on a regular basis ever since.

I’ve learned from those conversations — and from photos Eva has emailed me from her personal collection — that her career as a model and actress was even more multifaceted than I knew when I wrote my initial posts about her.

One facet that’s particularly intriguing for fans of men’s adventure magazines like me is her work as a model for artist Norm Eastman.

Eastman was one of the grandmasters of the men’s pulp mag artwork, particularly the wild cover paintings used by the “sweat magazine” subgenre.

That’s the subgenre known for covers that show Nazis and other evil fiends distressing scantily-clad damsels in various ways.

Eva “appeared” in many of the sweat mag cover paintings Norm created, like the one shown at the top of this post — the April 1967 issue of MAN'S BOOK.

In that one, Eva played the role of a bound beauty destined to be one of the “BEAUTIES FOR THE NAZI ARTIST OF AGONY.”

Nazis were the most common tormenters of Eva’s cover painting characters, since Eastman created many classic Nazi covers for the men’s pulp mags.

In other Eastman cover scenes, Eva’s tormenters were evil Commies or bloodthirsty natives.

Sometimes, she was a gun-toting, battling babe who was taking on the bad guys.

Although most of Eva’s work as an artists’ model was for Eastman, she also modeled for some other great illustration artists in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

For example, artist Mike Ludlow used Eva as the model for the Marilyn Monroe lookalike in the illustration he painted for a story published in the September 7, 1957 issue of the SATURDAY EVENING POST. ("Bring Back the Bride" by Hannibal Coons. Eva modeled for the character Miss Jane Matthews.)

And, Al Rossi used Eva as a model for a number of his men’s adventure magazine interior illos and pulp paperback cover paintings, some of which I’ve featured in previous posts.

A while ago, Eva boggled my mind by emailing me scans of some reference photos Rossi took of her decades ago. In some, she is posing with the instantly-familiar male model Steve Holland, the favorite of many men’s adventure magazine and paperback cover artists in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Eva told me she modeled for illustration artists in New York during two periods when she lived there: 1956 to 1958 and 1964 to 1968. She thinks the Rossi photos are from the earlier period.

Eva doesn’t know what most of them were for, but I hope to find out eventually. Here are a few examples…

If anyone knows what magazine or paperback illos the photos above were used for, please shoot me an email or drop by the Men’s Adventure Magazines Facebook Group and let me know.

Of course, the most widely-seen photos taken of Eva Lynd were pinup photos. In fact, glamour or “cheesecake” photographs and photo spreads featuring Eva appeared on the covers and inside pages of dozens of different men’s magazines published in the 1950s and 1960s.

She modeled for many of the top practitioners of glamour photography in those decades, such as Peter Basch, who is known for his portraits of top Hollywood celebrities, his dramatically lit glamour and art photos, and his series of how-to books about photography…

…and Earl Leaf, a photojournalist who became a popular pinup photographer and paparazzi, now best known for his photos of Marilyn Monroe.

Other top photographers from those days who took photos of Eva included Wil Blanche, Herb Flatow, Leo Fuchs, Emil Herman, Morris Kaplan, Charles Kell, Lester Krauss, Ed Lettau and Jerry Yulesman.

Naturally, most of the glamour photos of Eva were published by various types of men’s magazines, including DUDE, FOLLIES, GALA, JEM, MODERN MAN, NUGGET, TRUE ADVENTURE, MAN'S ACTION, ADVENTURE, PICTURE DIGEST, PICTURE SCOPE and REAL MEN.

I’ve featured some of Eva’s glamour photos in previous posts on this blog, here and here. Below are are some I haven’t posted yet, from a hard-to-find magazine titled EARL WILSON’S ALBUM OF SHOWGIRLS, NUMBER ONE, published in 1956 by Skye Publishing Co., Inc.

Earl Wilson was a celebrity gossip journalist who was once fairly well-known for his syndicated newspaper column “It Happened Last Night.” As far as I know, issue Number One of his SHOWGIRLS publication was a one-off.

It included photos and write-ups about dozens of popular and rising Hollywood actresses, pinup models and Burlesque Queens, including Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Kim Novak, Joan Collins, Sophia Loren, Rita Moreno, Anita Ekberg,  Lili St. Cyr, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Evelyn "Treasure Chest" West.

Given that list, it’s impressive that Eva was featured in a special two-page spread and centerfold. For some reason, Wilson misspelled Eva’s last name as “Lind.” But he was correct in identifying her as the daughter of a European Countess (Countess Margareta von Fielitz), and the rest of the text is quite a glowing promo for her.

Around the same time, Eva began appearing in skits on popular comedy and variety television shows like THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE GARRY MOORE SHOW and THE PERRY COMO SHOW, and on live specials like The Producer’s Showcase FESTIVAL OF MAGIC episode (hosted by Ernie Kovacs). This eventually lead to acting roles in dramas like THE THIN MAN and PETER GUNN.

Before I started corresponding with Eva, I was aware of her work as an actress and as a model for artwork and photos that appeared in men’s adventure and pinup, or “girlie” magazines. But I was not aware of her work for some other magazine genres until she told me about it and emailed me scans of some examples.

That’s when I found out Eva had a whole other side career in the late ‘50s modeling for photos used by true crime and detective magazines, like DETECTIVE CASES, STARTLING DETECTIVE and TRUE POLICE...

…and by women’s romance magazines like LIFE SECRETS and the aptly-named ROMANCE

In talking with Eva, I also learned two other facets of her career that I had been unaware of. In 1958, she performed as a casino showgirl in Havana, Cuba. She was also a popular (and often winning) beauty queen contestant.

I’ll show some photos of those facets of Eva’s multifaceted career in the next post.

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