Ahoy Captain Cats here and today we are going to look at the newest book by comics historian Trina Robbins and that book is The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists Of The Jazz Age. Just to let you know from here on out we will refer the book simply as The Flapper Queens.
The Flapper Queens is a book that depicts the 1920s and 1930s with six women artists who left their mark with their artwork style and robust statement of what women were at the time and what the term “Flapper” symbolizes as well. These Flapper Queens is a six-chapter book that focused on these six female artists:
- Nell Brinkley – A illustrator and comic artist who was a pioneer for female artists and was referred to as “The Queen of Comics”. Her most famous work is “The Brinkley Girl,” a young working woman who looked and dressed up according to the times and was very independent. Brinkley was just inducted into the Eisner Award Hall of Fame this year.
- Eleanor Schorer – A female illustrator who many would say she was a Brinkley imitator, she would go on and create her own style and created series such as “The Adventures of Judy” and “Getting Ahead As A Business Girl”.
- Edith Stevens – “The Kate Smith of the drawing board” Edith pioneer women cartoonist working in major daily papers. Her most famous work is “Us Girls” which ran from the 1920s till the 1950s reflect the changing times during the strip run.
- Ethel Hays – A illustrator and cartoonist who created the one-panel series “Flapper Fanny Says” from 1925 till 1931.
- Fay King – A illustrator and cartoonist whose artwork and early example of autobiographic comics stand the test of time and created the comic comedy “The Great White Way”.
- Virginia Huget – A comic strip artist and writer who work became were as beautiful as it was stylish. From “Gentleman Prefer Blondes,” all the way to “Campus Capers” Huget was on a league of her own.
The Flapper Queens is a wonderful book that does not only shows the history of these artists who not only pave the wave for future female artists but also created an art style that captures what was it like during this era in history. Trina Robbins did a marvelous job with how these artists were presented and they artwork speck for themselves. The Flapper Queens is available now.