A website devoted to the rediscovery of the works of early 20th century illustrator Henry E. Vallely (1881-1950). Perhaps best known for his chiaroscuro technique employed in Big Little Books, he also produced a large volume of work including fashion illustrations for women's magazines, spot illustrations for food periodicals, magazine covers and children's books. His art is distinctive and timeless and deserves the recognition that has until this time eluded it. Comments and contributions towards the preservation of the H. E. Vallely legacy are most welcome. All images are believed to be in the public domain unless otherwise noted.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Solving Your Style Problem

With The Great War having officially ended just a few months before, The Printz-Biederman Company of Cleveland, Ohio embarked on a campaign to ease a problem plaguing the modern woman - her style. Given that they were one of America's oldest manufacturer of women's apparel they must have known what they were doing. Their Printzess line of women's fashions helped to elevate the status of ready-to-wear garments to that of those produced by professional dressmakers. This advertisement from the Ladies Home Journal of October 1919 is one of three illustrated and signed by Henry Vallely for Printzess, and the only one in color.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

They're D..Dead (Secret Origins of Batman Part 3)

At first glance this may not be the most obvious example of an artist
plagiarizing the work of Henry Vallely, but further perusal of Junior G-Men and the Counterfeiters (BLB 1442) reveals that it is peppered with the above character (know as Bill Boyd) who is clearly the model for not only young Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #33, but young circus performer Dick Grayson in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940) prior to becoming Robin. In this case Bob Kane (or whoever was ghosting for him) dug back a little further to 1937.
Bruce Wayne is © DC Comics.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

X-Ray Vision

What is sexy?
Years before the alter ego of a certain mild-mannered reporter ever considered examining the undergarments of his crush, Henry Vallely was depicting a similar act in order to advertise the perfect fit and style of Modart Corsets.
This particular ad was published in the November 1926 edition of the Women's Home Companion, an excellent source for some of the greatest illustrators of the early 20th century.

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