zappa - yeah, that auction got about $400 million for WARNER's. not a dime went to anyone who drew that stuf. gaines kept all of the original knowing he could re-sell. hell, according to 'work for hire', he owned everything outritght anyway. so all those folks doing art for mad all those years lost TOTALLY! now, that's criminal if you ask me.
those guys probably got paid a few hundred per illustartion (and write them, too), so that warner bros. could increase their profit fot their shareholders $400 mill. corporations should be outlawed.
yeah, it was pretty bad. here he was pushing 80, going blind and warner bros. threw him out with the trash. actually gaines was the one who screwed him. the reason he went to another magazine (was it cracked? i thought he tried to start his own mag) was to try to regain his control and to still have a career. gaines refused to give him his rights or any more money or anything, then sold it all. ya see, back then, everything was a 'work for hire' contract like playboy, the lawyers rpinted that phrase on the checks, so when tyou signed it to cash it, you signed 'work for hire'. legally, you lose everything, all claims, all rights, all potential income, even any claim you created it at all. he even losat his name because he was so associated legally with mad. when mtv (or was it vh1?) did those 'don martin's mad world' cartoons, he tried to stop them from putting his name on it without paying him, but he lost. he lost his characters, style and even couldn't legally use those "ftoom" type sound effects he used to draw in. pretty bad.
never sign 'work for hire.' same thing happened to patrick nagel, and a lot of others.
yup! when i worked at the rocket, i hired him to do a 'christmas' cover for us. i contacted him at his home in florida where he was living very poorly (when gaines sold mad to warner's, don martin lost his rights to everything he ever did. he even lost the rights to his own name.) he'd just undergone double cornea transplant surgery, too. but he was such a cool guy. he was extremely in the know, he even knew all about the rocket magazine (which was only distributed free in seattle and seldom extended beyond) and was excited about doing a cover for us. he only charged us $400 (!), which was still a lot for us, be he did it as a favor. did you know that back in old 1950's jazz and hi-fi mags, martin did a LOT of really cool illustrations of bop artists and such? he was a big music fan, and an old jazz hipster. the images he did for those magazines don't look anything like his mad magazine stuff, but still looks just like his work. it's pretty cool.
this is a famous poster by victor moscosso. he was like the third name of the holy trinity of psych poster artists (the others being mouse and giffin). he probably did more posters than anybody, but is less known because he's not in the 'art of rock' book (you know, "the bible") because he wanted to get paid. he was a mad spaniard who was using DESIGN techniques (as opposed to ILLUSTRATION techniques) to do posters. he was one of the few who knew how to use and took advantage of a stat camera and printing techniques to do his work. he did some posters that i still can't figure out how he did it. this guy was probably the single biggest influence on me when (i was a kid) to do graphic design.
by the way, 'the sparrow' later became 'steppenwolf'. this poster is from 1967, i think.
ed has also done some really great gigposters over the years. he did one for the muffs wayyyy back that is one of my all-time favorite posters, period. i've got a copy buried here somewhere. i'll try to dig it out and get it onto this site for everybody to enjoy. it's a great poster.
harry - yeah, i hired him to do a cover for a magazine i used to art direct. back in about '93, maybe. it didn't work out too well. best ask frank about it. i've already talked about it here months ago, and i'm tired of repeating my tired old stories.
cody - that remark about my ego was pretty unnecessary. i was doing was fairly answering a question and just reminiscing about some great illustrators i've encountered. it's not like i'm claiming to BE those guys, or even KNOW those guys. they are just some illustrators i've worked with. please give me a break.