The conceit of this faux History of the Nudie Comics is that, when faced with censorship and threats to the distribution of their publications, the comic book publishers returned to their roots of selling under-the-counter items such as Nudist, Art and Spicy magazines by offering new racy artwork on the covers of select issues. Like the covers of those vintage items, the doctored covers I’ve done here offer the promise of nudity rather than full on, full frontal nakedness.
In my imagined timeline, comic book moguls experimented with ‘the nudies’ as far back as the early 1940s, with increased activity through the 1950s. Those days, the ‘mature’ buyer knew what to ask for from under their local candy store’s counter. Then, the era of ‘the nudies’ came to an abrupt end in the 1960s when the hidden middle comic in many 3 for a quarter comic book bags was found to be a ‘nudie’!
That got me thinking it would be fun to do a collection of ‘nudie covers’, but avoiding copyrighted characters by focusing on public domain sources -- so, I did!