Frederic Dorr Steele, Collier's,
Help! Unsigned Whodunits.
Love a good mystery? Me, too. Usually. Unless I'm trying to figure out who an illustrator is for an ad, story, cover, etc. This page is dedicated to figuring out the great "un-signed."
But signing one's artwork and having that signature making it into print is another thing. Artwork was often cropped, sometimes a lot, to make an illustration fit new or "improved" ad specs. If the signature got the crop, who cared? It was an ad, for cryin' out loud, not Da Vinci. Sometimes an advertiser would tout that a beautiful print could be purchased directly, though who painted the art for said print, they forgot to mention.
Finally, a signature, even left in its place and escaping the x-acto, wasn't necessarily readable after all the steps it went through to make it to the readers' hands. Sometimes the registration was so off, the ink overruns so thick, or the illustration so reduced (and often all three), that the signature lives on only as a squiggly smear.
What are we up against?
So, of all the AAA pages, these will prove the most challenging, but the most rewarding. It is here you will find illustrations that have one thing in common: I have no idea who did them. I need your help. If you know who did any of these pieces, let me know, and we'll consider the mystery solved. Even if you only have a hunch, I'll mention it as it may get us closer to the truth. And of course, your name will appear in CYBER LIGHTS!
One more thing -- throughout the site, there are bits of information missing, like I'll post an image, I know who it's by, but I don't know where it was published or in what year. You'd be a big help there, as well!
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