Nude of the China Seas

Artist:Bruce Minney
Date:1965
Medium:Casein on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 13 1/4" x 25" on Board That Measures 22" x 30"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover For Men Only Magazine - October, 1965
Price:Sold
Detail

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The artist's signature lower left

The artist's signature lower left

 

The illustration as it appeared in the pages of For Men Only - pages 20 - 21, August, 1965 (included in sale)

The illustration as it appeared in the pages of For Men Only - pages 20 - 21, October 1965 (included in sale)

An action packed Cold War-era interior illustration by Bruce Minney for the October, 1965 edition of For Men Only. Illustrating the special book bonus story by Bill S. Ballinger, Nude Of The China Seas, an excerpt from The Spy in the Jungle, book three in the Joaquin Hawks thriller series.  The story itself focuses on Hawks's James Bond-inspired escapades with Anna, a double agent described on the title page as follows:

"She was wilder and deadlier than a panther, but Hawks had to tame her or half of Asia would be plunged into war..."

The illustration showcases the CIA agent using his kung-fu skills (an unusual talent for an American to have in the pre-Bruce Lee days) to take down a VietCong general in Saigon. Along with the blood stained skirt and ripped blouse of the blonde in the foreground, a poster of Chairman Mao and a Hammer & Sickle flag hang from the walls to remind the viewer what manner of menace Hawks is up against.

Detail

Detail

Detail

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Margin notations with print usage

Margin notations with print usage

A recent estate find by Grapefruit Moon Gallery from the collection of Bruce Minney, as featured on the television series American Pickers.

For Men Only, August, 1965 (included in sale)

For Men Only, October 1965 (included in sale)

 

View of complete illustration on board before matting and shrink-wrapping

View of complete illustration on board before matting and shrink-wrapping

 

Verso view

Verso view



 

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