Good girl art

Good girl art (GGA) is artwork featuring attractive women in comic books, comic strips, and pulp magazines.[1]

Richard A. Lupoff defined good girl art as:

A cover illustration depicting an attractive young woman, usually in skimpy or form-fitting clothing, and designed for erotic stimulation. The term does not apply to the morality of the "good girl", who is often a gun moll, tough cookie or wicked temptress.[2]

Good girl art
Imagination Oct 1954 cover
Harold W. McCauley illustration for Imagination
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The term "Good Girl Art" was coined by the American Comic Book Company in its mail order catalogs.[3]

Torchy #5 (July 1950) cover art by Bill Ward.

It was during this era that the terms Good Girl Art and Esoteric Comics became widely used by the collecting community. Use of the phrase has since expanded to indicate a style of artwork in which attractive female characters of comic books, cartoons and covers for digest magazines, paperbacks and pulp magazines are rendered in a lush manner and are shown in provocative (and sometimes very improbable) situations and locations, such as outer space. The artwork sometimes involves bondage or damsel-in-distress situations.

A strong influence on the movement was illustrator Rolf Armstrong (1889–1960), labeled the "Father of Good Girl Art" because of his creamy calendar art for Brown & Bigelow and iridescent illustrations for such magazines as American Weekly, College Humor, Life, Judge, Photoplay, Pictorial Review and Woman's Home Companion, along with his advertisements for Hires Root Beer, Palmolive, Pepsi, Oneida Silverware and other products.

During the peak period of comic book Good Girl Art, the 1940s to the 1950s, leading artists of the movement included Bill Ward (for his Torchy) and Matt Baker, who was one of the few African Americans working as an artist during the Golden Age of Comics. Today, Baker's rendition of Phantom Lady is considered a collectors item, and much of his GGA is sought after. During this period, GGA also found its way into newspaper comic strips. One of the early examples of good girl art was Russell Stamm's Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, a superheroine who was regularly shown in her lingerie.[4]

Two of the leading creators of GGA for science fiction magazine covers were Earle Bergey (Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories) and Harold W. McCauley (Imagination, Fantastic Adventures). In the '70's pulp fiction, Hector Garrido drew the GGA book covers of The Baroness spy thriller series by Paul Kenyon and The Destroyer men's adventure pulp novels by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir.


In 1985, Bill Pearson edited and published Good Girls, a collection of artwork by himself, Vince Alascia, Richard Bassford, John Beatty, Stan Drake, Brad W. Foster, Frank Frazetta, Frank Godwin, V. T. Hamlin, David Karbonik, Roy Krenkel, Bob McLeod, Ed Paschke, Victor Perard (author of Anatomy and Drawing and How to Draw), Willy Pogany, Trina Robbins, Kenneth Smith, Wally Wood, Mike Zeck and others.

Since 1990, AC Comics has published 19 issues of Pearson's Good Girl Art Quarterly (incorporating several issues of Good Girl Comics), featuring a mix of photos and new comics with reprints of vintage stories. In addition to Baker, Black, Frazetta, Ward and Wood, the artists in this series include Nina Albright, Chris Allen, Nick Alton, Dick Ayers, Frank Bolle, Gill Fox, Brad Gorby, Mark Heike, Chad Hunt, Jack Kamen, Ed Lane, Steve LeBlanc, Bob Lubbers, Billie Marimon, Mark Moore, Ralph Mayo, Pete Morisi, Rudy Palais, Nick Poliwko, Bob Powell, Richard Rome and Maurice Whitman.

See also


  1. ^ Jolley, H. Scott (April 2008). "Heroine Chic". Vanity Fair (572): 122. Archived from the original on 2013-09-26. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Lupoff, Richard A. (2001). The Great American Paperback: An Illustrated Tribute to Legends of the Book (1st American ed.). Portland, Oregon: Collectors Press. ISBN 9781888054507. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ Goulart, Ron (2007). Good Girl Art. New Castle, Pennsylvania: Hermes. ISBN 1932563873. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  4. ^ Heintjes, Tom (8 June 2017). "Not Seen but Not Forgotten: The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil". Hogan's Alley. Retrieved 16 October 2017.

Further reading

  • Beaulieu, Dennis. Interview with artist Richard Bassford on Wally Wood and Good Girl Art. CFA-APA 40 (Spring 1996), publication of the Comic & Fantasy Art Amateur Press Association.

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AC Comics

AC Comics (formerly known as Paragon Publications and Americomics) is a comic book publishing company started by Bill Black.AC Comics specializes in reprints of Golden Age comics from now-defunct companies whose properties lapsed into public domain and were not reprinted elsewhere. It also publishes a number of Modern Age adventures starring the Golden Age superheroes that appeared in those stories. The most famous of those titles is Femforce, which features the adventures of an all-female superhero team, one of the first teams of this nature in the comics industry.

Based on its focus on Golden Age reprints and stories inspired by that style, AC has developed a reputation for straightforward, fun, and action-packed superhero tales which often avoid the darker themes of many modern comics. AC artists often make use of a style known as "good girl art", made popular in the Golden Age era, which combines attractive, clean linework with elements of cheesecake and humor. In addition to superheroes, AC has attempted to preserve other comic book genres inspired by the series of the past, such as Westerns and jungle adventure.

Adult comics

The term adult comics typically denotes comic books, comic magazines, comic strips or graphic novels with content of an erotic, violent, or sophisticated nature, which appeals to adult readers. They are sometimes restricted to purchase by legal adults, especially erotic comics which include sexually explicit material.

Bad girl art

Bad girl art is the name for the superheroine art trend that emerged during the 1990s.

Bill Ward

Bill Ward may refer to:

Billy Ward (rugby league) (1888–?), English rugby league footballer of the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s

Bill Ward (footballer, born 1891) (1891–1978), Australian rules footballer for St Kilda

Bill Ward (footballer, born 1901) (1901–1969), Australian rules footballer for St Kilda

Bill Ward (cartoonist) (1919–1998), "good girl art" cartoonist

Bill Ward (British artist) (1927–1996), British erotic artist

Bill Ward (American football) (1921–1992), offensive guard in American football in the National Football League

Bill Ward (musician) (born 1948), drummer for Black Sabbath

Bill Ward (actor) (born 1967), English actor

Cave Girl (comics)

Cave Girl is a fictional jungle girl heroine who appeared in comic books published by Magazine Enterprises from 1952 to 1955, created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Bob Powell. The character's adventures are an example of artist Powell's good girl art.

FantaCo Enterprises

FantaCo Enterprises was an American comic book store and publishing company founded and created by Thomas Skulan and based in Albany, New York. As a publisher, FantaCo was known for its idiosyncratic line-up of mostly black-and-white titles, including the humorous Hembeck Series and the horror title Gore Shriek. FantaCo also published "The Chronicles Series", which cataloged top-selling Marvel Comics titles. In its later years, FantaCo published mostly horror comics and a small number of "good girl art".

FantaCo began as a mail order company and comic book store before branching out into publishing books, magazines, and comics. From 1979 through 1990, it also hosted FantaCon, a popular Albany-area comics and horror convention. (After FantaCo's demise, Skulan brought back FantaCon in 2013.)

Fiction House

Fiction House was an American publisher of pulp magazines and comic books that existed from the 1920s to the 1950s. It was founded by John B. "Jack" Kelly and John W. Glenister. By the late 1930s, the publisher was Thurman T. Scott. Its comics division was best known for its pinup-style good girl art, as epitomized by the company's most popular character, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.

Fox Feature Syndicate

Fox Feature Syndicate (also known as Fox Comics and Fox Publications) was a comic book publisher from early in the period known to fans and historians as the Golden Age of Comic Books. Founded by entrepreneur Victor S. Fox, it produced such titles as Blue Beetle, Fantastic Comics and Mystery Men Comics.

It is unrelated to the company Fox Publications, a Colorado publisher of railroad photography books, or the 20th Century Fox film studio and associated companies.


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Gga (Devanagari) (ॻ), used in Sindhi

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Gao language

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Georges Giralt PhD Award, a European scientific award in robotics

Girl Guides Australia

Goemon's Great Adventure, a 1998 video game

Golden Gate Academy, in San Francisco, California, United States

Gongora, a genus of orchid

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Gossip Girl: Acapulco, a Mexican television series

Hector Garrido

Hector Garrido is an American book cover illustrator. He illustrated numerous science fiction, horror and adventure book covers, including all the covers for the Baroness series of pulp novels, and covers for the Destroyer series. He also illustrated romance and gothic novels, and Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels. Some of his work is considered good girl art. He was active from 1965 to 1995.

Innovation Publishing

Innovation Publishing (also known as Innovation Books) was an American comic book company based in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was co-founded by David Campiti in 1988 after writing a business proposal and raising US$400,000 to finance its launch. Innovation became #4 in market share, below Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics.

Long Sam

Long Sam is an American comic strip created by Al Capp, writer-artist of Li'l Abner, and illustrated by Bob Lubbers. It was syndicated by United Feature Syndicate from 1954 to 1962. The strip was initially written by Capp, who soon turned the duties over to his brother, Elliot Caplin. Lubbers eventually assumed the writing duties himself in the strip's final phase.

Mike Okamoto

Mike Okamoto (born Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an American comic book artist and commercial illustrator best known for co-creating Marvel Comics' Atomic Age; as a "good girl art" cartoonist; and as the five-time International Network of Golf Illustrator of the Year.

Miss Masque

Miss Masque is a fictional masked crime-fighter. She originally appeared in comic books published by Nedor Comics, and was later revived by AC Comics, America's Best Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment.

Phantom Lady

Phantom Lady is a fictional superheroine, one of the first such characters to debut in the 1940s Golden Age of Comic Books. Originally published by Quality Comics, the character was subsequently published by a series of now-defunct comic book companies, and a new version of the character currently appears in books published by DC Comics.

Phantom Lady was created by the Eisner & Iger studio, one of the first to produce comics on demand for publishers. The character's early adventures were drawn by Arthur Peddy. As published by Fox Feature Syndicate in the late 1940s, the busty and scantily-clad Phantom Lady is a notable and controversial example of "good girl art", a style of comic art depicting voluptuous female characters in provocative situations and pin-up poses that contributed to widespread criticism of the medium's effect on children. The character was ranked 49th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.

Ron Goulart

Ron Goulart (; born January 13, 1933) is an American popular culture historian and mystery, fantasy and science fiction author.

Goulart was prolific, and wrote many novelizations and other routine work under various pseudonyms: Kenneth Robeson, Con Steffanson, Chad Calhoun, R.T. Edwards, Ian R. Jamieson, Josephine Kains, Jillian Kearny, Howard Lee, Zeke Masters, Frank S. Shawn, and Joseph Silva.Goulart's first professional publication was a 1952 reprint of the SF story "Letters to the Editor" in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; this parody of a pulp magazine letters column was originally published in the University of California, Berkeley's Pelican. His early career in advertising and marketing influenced much of his work. In the early 1960s, Goulart wrote the text for Chex Press, a newspaper parody published on Ralston Purina cereal boxes (Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Corn Chex). He contributed to P.S. and other magazines, along with his book review column for Venture Science Fiction Magazine. Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines (1972) is his best known non-fiction book.

Tara Fremont

Tara Fremont (a.k.a. Tara the Jungle Girl and Too Tall Tara) is a fictional character appearing in the Femforce comic book, published by AC Comics. She is an attractive young woman with long dark hair, who is usually drawn wearing either a combat uniform or a green camouflage swimsuit. One AC's earliest original characters, Tara debuted in 1974 in Tara on the Dark Continent (published under the company's previous name, Paragon Publications). Originally a jungle adventurer, Tara joined the paranormal Femforce team in their very first issue.

For a long time, Tara was the only "normal" member of FemForce, but later acquired the ability to transform her size. The story appeared in Good Girl Art Quarterly #5, where Tara was invited to give a TV interview by the Span-XX corporation, which supplies the Femforce's costumes. She was surreptitiously dosed with the "Garganta" formula (which originally turned Dr. Carol Heisler into the giantess Garganta). Though given a small amount, Tara grew right through the roof, thus demonstrating the remarkable stretching properties of her Span-XX bikini. While initially angry at the deception, Tara was pleased with her new super-power, and felt that she now fit-in with her paranormal colleagues. With the assistance of Garganta, Tara has grown to master her size-changing powers, although for unexplained reasons cannot be any shorter than eight feet tall (unlike Garganta, who can achieve normal size quite easily).

Tara's powers differ from Garganta's in that she can only maintain her giantess size for short periods of time but can be bigger. Although she is a full member of Femforce (with the rank of Lieutenant-Commander) Tara spends much of her time on Jungle Island, which is owned by her millionaire father T.C. Fremont. She has athletic-level strength and has often proven to be a powerful swimmer and diver, when working in the ocean.

Torchy (comics)

Torchy is a comic strip and, primarily, a series of comic books featuring the ingenue Torchy Todd, created by the American "good girl art" cartoonist Bill Ward during 1944. The character was ranked 97th of the 2011 Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.

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