ROGUE June 1963
MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATIONS AND STRIPS
Wentzel cartoons in magazines number into the thousands. Many of the best are full-page color panels like the ROGUE cartoon from June 1963 shown here. Hundreds of Humorama digests and SEX TO SEXTY magazines contain classic Wenzel art.
It has been estimated that Bill Ward did 10,000 cartoons, and Wenzel surely came close if he did not exceed Ward's impressive total. There are also countless Wentzel magazine and digest covers, like this SWEET SEXTEEN Vol 1, No 1 from 1956.
Curiously there are two different versions of THE FLIMSEY REPORT with different Wenzel covers. The Kinsey Report was all the rage in 1953, and naturally there were several cartoon parodies. The 1953 publication shown here first, which says Grayson Publishing Co. on the title page and Farrell Publishing Co. on the copyright page is really a book in magazine format.
It has a $1. price on the cover when most magazines were a quarter, is perfect bound, and runs to 62 pages. The 1953 magazine shown here after it is staple-bound with a 25c cover price. It is identified as “The Funny Bone” for Winter-Spring 1953. The publisher is W.J. Smith Publishing Corp. and it has 32 pages of cartoons and jokes. There are several similarities between these two different publications. Both use the same cover blurb: “Fun with Dr. Flimsy and his report on the sex life of the American female”. Both are titled THE FLIMSEY (not Flimsy) REPORT, and both have Wenzel covers. The cover of the Grayson version re-appears as the title page of the W.J. Smith version, although it has been redrawn – the woman's dress is different, the man's face and tie are different and the book he is holding now says “KINSEY REPORT”. The caption of the Grayson edition cover is “I not only read it – I sent in 69 pages of information!” The caption of the same cartoon in the other edition is “I not only read it but I sent in twenty pages of information.” At least two of the pages of jokes inside match, and some but not all of the cartoons are the same. The W.J. Smith version has no editor credited. The Grayson version says “Edited by Bill Wenzel” on the title page.
THE FLIMSEY REPORT edited by Bill Wentzel, Grayson Publishing Co., 1953.
Both covers and 40 of the cartoons are by Wentzel.
THE FLIMSEY REPORT – The Funny Bone, W.J. Smith Publishing Corp., Winter-Spring 1953. Cover and 11 of the cartoons are by Wentzel.
Also shown: title page of the W.J. Smith edition, a different version of the cartoon used for the Grayson cover.
In addition to his work as a cartoonist, Wentzel occasionally contributed interior illustrations for magazine stories. I've started listing those illustrations here, but you can help this project if you have or know of other Wentzel interior illustrations. I was aware of his illustrations from 1966-67, but my friends at American Art Enterprises (see their sales on eBay) turned up a SAGA from 1952 with art by W. Wentzel – the earliest such magazine illustration I've seen. Surely there must be more of them out there.
SAGA February 1952 – two-page illustration for “Transfer To Paradise”
“Bed and Board” from BLUEBOOK July 1962
ACE September 1966 – uncredited illustration for “The Great Molasses Barter”
fiction by Charles Schrock
WILDCAT December 1967 – uncredited illustration for “Miss Emily's Naked Laughter” fiction by Bob Bristow
Cover of TRUE's GIRL WATCHER'S COLORING BOOK By Bill Wenzel – 8-page insert to the November 1962 issue of TRUE – THE MAN'S MAGAZINE
Most Wenzel cartoons are single panels. Every once in while he would do a four-panel comic for Humorama called “Miss Geewhiz”, examples of which are found in THE PIN-UP ART OF BILL WENTZEL. In the December 1967 issue of DAPPER, there's a two-page comic strip called “Busty Ross”.
Advertisement found in the back pages of GUY Magazine, April 1970.
This is the checklist of the “Scarlett O'Harlot” comic strips in GENESIS magazine:
April 1976 – Gray Morrow (3 pages) “New X-rated Comic Strip”
June 1976 - Gray Morrow (uncredited) (3 pages) Scarlett in
August 1976 – Bill Wenzel (uncredited) (3 pages) Policewoman Movie
September 1976 – Bill Wenzel (uncredited) (4 pages) National Football
October 1976 – Bill Wenzel (uncredited) (4 pages) Presidential Conventions
November 1976 – Bill Wenzel (uncredited) (4 pages) UFOs
December 1976 – Bill Wenzel (uncredited) (4 pages) CB Radio Truckers
January 1977 – Bill Wenzel (4 pages) With Santa at The North Pole
February 1977 – Bill Wenzel (4 pages) Kinky King Kong
May 1977 – Bill Wenzel (2 pages) Spring Break
June 1977 – Bill Wenzel (3 pages) Transcendental Meditation
August 1977 – Bill Wenzel (2 pages) Scarlett in
October 1977 – Bill Wenzel (2 pages) Bodybuilding Gym
December 1977 – Bill Wenzel (2 pages) College Fraternity Party
February 1978 – Vince (3 pages) The Insidious Dr. Wang
March 1978 - Bill Wenzel (2 pages) Scarlett in Outer Space
June 1978 – Brian Forbes (3 pages) Gland Hotel Casino
I have a set of the “Scarlett O'Harlot” issues for sale. Contact me if you are interested.