Bill Wenzel

William Michael Wenzel (January 22, 1918 – May 12, 1987)[1][2] was an American cartoonist best known as a widely published good girl artist for men's magazines.

Bill Wenzel
Page of Wenzel original art. Cigarette girl: "$1.00 a pack ... $100 if you pick them up at my place after 2 a.m."


Bill Wenzel was born in Irvington, New Jersey and grew up in nearby Union Township.[3][4] His parents were from Hungary.[4] In 1941 Wenzel was drafted into the Army.[4]

His bawdy cartoon spot illustrations were published over the course of several decades, from such publications as Judge in the 1940s to Sex to Sexty in the 1960s and 1970s, and particularly for the Humorama division of publisher Martin Goodman's variously titled corporations.[5] Wenzel's work, which featured busty, big-eyed, yet innocently risque young women, was published in such magazines and digests as Gaze, Joker, Jest, Comedy, and Stare. Most captions were written by the artist himself.[5] In 1967 Wenzel drew illustrations for the book Coffee, Tea or Me? that, according to the author Donald Bain, "contributed significantly to the book's success".[6]

In 1979, after having lived almost 30 years in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, Wenzel and his family moved to Naples, Florida, where he died in 1987[2] of lung cancer.[1]


  1. ^ a b Chun, Alex; Covey, Jacob (2005). The Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books. p. 23. ISBN 1-56097-658-6
  2. ^ a b William Wenzel, Social Security Number 116-07-7883, at the Social Security Death Index via, and via FamilySeartch,org. Note: Source gives only "May 1987" as date of death. Retrieved on January 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Cahillane, Kevin. "ART; Nostalgia, Wearing Stilettos", The New York Times, December 4, 2005. Accessed August 9, 2016. "He was born in Irvington in 1918, grew up in Union, married his high school sweetheart on his 24th birthday, had two daughters, served in World War II and spent 30 years in Atlantic Highlands."
  4. ^ a b c Chun, Covey, p. 16
  5. ^ a b Douresseaux, Leroy (July 23, 2005). "The Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel". (review) Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Chun, Covey, p. 21

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

Atlantic Highlands is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in the Bayshore Region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,385, reflecting a decline of 320 (-6.8%) from the 4,705 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 76 (+1.6%) from the 4,629 counted in the 1990 Census.Atlantic Highlands contains Mount Mitchill, the highest point on the eastern seaboard south of Maine, rising 266 feet (81 m) above sea level. The borough's name comes from its location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.Atlantic Highlands was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 28, 1887, from portions of Middletown Township, based on the results of a referendum held that day. The borough was reincorporated on September 1, 1891.Atlantic Highlands is part of the Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan, an effort by nine municipalities in northern Monmouth County to reinvigorate the area's economy by emphasizing the traditional downtowns, dense residential neighborhoods, maritime history, and the natural beauty of the Raritan Bayshore coastline.

Coffee, Tea or Me?

Coffee, Tea or Me? is a book of purported memoirs by the fictitious stewardesses Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones, written by the initially uncredited Donald Bain and first published in 1967. The book depicts the anecdotal lives of two lusty young stewardesses, and was originally presented as factual.

Donald Bain (writer)

Donald Slitheran Bain (March 6, 1935 – October 21, 2017) was a United States author and ghostwriter, having written over 115 books in his 40-year career.


Humorama, a division of Martin Goodman's publishing firm, was a line of digest-sized magazines featuring girlie cartoons by Bill Ward, Bill Wenzel, Dan DeCarlo, Jack Cole and many others.

In addition to the cartoons, the magazines also displayed black-and-white photos of pin-up models, including Bettie Page, Eve Meyer and stripper Lili St. Cyr, plus actresses, including Joi Lansing, Tina Louise, Irish McCalla and Julie Newmar.

One of Martin Goodman's family members, Abe Goodman, headed this division. The line was published from at least the mid-1950s to mid-1960s. These titles were profitable for the company because the contents were inexpensive and production costs were minimal in comparison to the more complex full-size magazines published by the company.

Irvington, New Jersey

Irvington is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 53,926, having declined by 6,769 (−11.2%) from the 60,695 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 323 (−0.5%) from the 61,018 counted in the 1990 Census.

It Came from the Garage! Nuggets from Southern California

It Came from the Garage! Nuggets from Southern California is a garage rock compilation that features music made by acts who recorded for Downey Records in Downey, California during the 1960s. The label was founded by brothers Jack and Bill Wenzel, who had previously owned a local music shop. The compilation contains 24 tracks and was issued in 1997 by Big Beat Records, making it the third collection offered by Big Beat to feature material from the Downey archives. The set represents the diversity of the genre ranging from typical three-chord fare to psychedelic, as well as soul-influenced garage.The set commences with "Edge of Nowhere" by the Sunday Group. "Be Billy" is by Pat & the Californians who were a surf rock act, and members of the Surfaris appear on the track. Bud & Kathy supply the tough-talking "Hang It Out to Dry". The Last Word is featured on three tracks including the eerie and intense "Sleepy Hollow" which also appeared on Pebbles, Volume 5. "The Frog" is by Sir Frog and the Toads, and supplies the set with one of its most danceable numbers, and the rockabilly-influenced "Penicillin, is by Johnny MacRae. The Barracudas are featured on four songs, including "These Ironic Days", and the New Breed are showcased on three, including the Syndicate of Sound-influenced " I’ll Still Be Waiting There" The set concludes with "Drifty", by Craig & Michael.

Martin Goodman (publisher)

Martin Goodman (born Moe Goodman; January 18, 1908 – June 6, 1992) was an American publisher of pulp magazines, paperback books, men's adventure magazines, and comic books, launching the company that would become Marvel Comics.

Sex to Sexty

Sex to Sexty was a sexually-oriented humor magazine published in Arlington, Texas by John W. Newbern, Jr. and Peggy Rodebaugh, with art direction (and cartoons, covers, etc.) by Lowell Davis (later to become known as a creator of bucolic art)), under the respective pseudonyms of Richard or Dick Rodman, Goose Reardon, and Pierre Davis.The content was a mixture of risqué anecdotes; limericks (some by Gershon Legman) and other short humorous sexual poetry; and cartoons, the latter initially by Davis but soon expanding to include artists such as veteran good girl artists Bill Ward and Bill Wenzel. It ran from 1964 to 1983.

The company which published the magazine also published novelty records and paperback books under the Sex to Sexty title.

Union Township, Union County, New Jersey

Not to be confused with Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey; Union City, New Jersey in Hudson County; or the historical Union Township, Hudson County, New Jersey.Union Township is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. In the 18th century, the area that is now Union was then called Connecticut Farms. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township population was 56,642, the highest recorded in any decennial census, reflecting an increase of 2,237 (+4.1%) from the 54,405 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 4,381 (+8.8%) from the 50,024 counted in the 1990 Census.Union is the site of The Home Depot Superstore, its largest store in the world, covering 217,000 square feet (20,200 m2).

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