Those are starters again, of the humorous kind.
Absolu featured a double page devoted to news of the sort, the kind that would make the reader smile softly. I was in charge of accompanying, or triggering off, the smile.
This one left illustrated a brief news item on an "exposition de glands" taking place in a very serious and appropriately intellectual Paris galerie. The word means, obviously, the crown of the penis, but also, the acorn of an oaktree, and finally, in this case, an oval-shaped, fringed textile device used as decoration for curtains and other fabric draping.
Paris "vespasiennes" are famous around the world. The cubicle was, it is said, invented by Roman emperor Vespasianus, after whom the device was named. Basically they were urinals scattered all over the capital to concentrate the liquid waste of Parisian males. As can be seen here, they were esthetically designed, allowing for relative intimacy and efficient ventilation.
The only problem, which I was commissioned to illustrate, was that at one given moment in time, the French government had decided to eradicate a few of them at strategic points of the city to be replaced by car parks...
Gorillas for rent was the title of
this sarcastic piece of news. Any celeb could hire the services of big,
combat-trained hulks from a Paris agency, the better to elude the affection
of insistent fans... of course I had other scenarios in mind.
And yet I got no copyright money from the screenwriters of Bodyguard , who committed their own script decades later...
|Above is an illustration of a story that made the news at the time. Some nut in the US had the idea of casting the erect penis of any client asking (and paying big bucks) for the service. He then turned the artifacts into lamps that could innocently ornate bedside tables. Narcissistic, but decorative...
|This cartoon, left, I committed at the occasion of the Bicentenary of American Independence. That should help you date this lèse-majesté, but the idea was to admire Uncle Sam's sustainable vigor.
|Right is an allusion to the dramatic increase of sex crimes in Paris and around in the mid-seventies. The reversal of situation seemed to me a good idea at the time. Today humor on this subject is inappropriate, and justifiably so.
|This above illustrated an article about a Freudian reading of fairy tales in general. Inspired by David Hamilton's pubescent girls, I focused on the potentialities of Alice in Wonderland.