Bill Wenzel is one of my favorite cartoonist because of his great good girl art. He was a master at depicting the voluptuous, sexy, yet still innocent girl. He was so prolific that even I own a few of his original Humorama cartoons. Anyway, as you can see, he did do a few paperback covers. I have also put a few representative cartoons on this page which come from original cartoon magazine covers and from the book The Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel by Alex Chun & Jacob Covey published in 2005 by Fantagraphics Books.
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|Checker Books was an unusual little run of 12 books from 1949. There was a cookbook, a cartoon book, some mildly sleazy books including one by Hank Janson with a Reginald Heade cover. Bill Wenzel did two of the covers and this is the second one.|
|Bill Wenzel did a few other paperback covers, but not many. Here is a cover he did for the Candid Love Novels line. This is a run of seven (known) books for which he did all the covers. He also did the covers for six of the eight known Prize Love Novels. Both Candid and Prize Love Novels were published by Crestwood Publishing Co. There are a few more below.|
|There were a few mainstream paperback publisher's covers like this Avon.|
|And even a couple of cartoon books of his own.|
|Bill also did some nice pin-ups. These were on the back covers of Crestwood's humor digests from the 1960s. This is the only completely nude I've seen.|
Here's some more of his work:
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