A Golden Oldie

October 8th, 2009 | Posted in General

Great Mort Art!
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I was given this great little gem by fellow Minnesota cartoonist David Phipps at our recent NCS Chapter meeting. He ran across it as an antique store or some such recently and thought of me, being a huge Mort Drucker fan.

This is the cover of a comedy album from 1966, coincidentally the year I was born. On the album are comedy sketch with impersonators John Byner, David Frye and Will Jordan doing the voices of all kinds of politicians, celebrities and other characters. Obviously Mort did the cover art, chock full of his usual caricature brilliance.

My favorite one is Dean Martin juggling booze bottles while balancing a drink on his nose.


  1. Wow,
    Thanks for sharing!
    Who is the guy on the diving board with the trench coat?

  2. I think I’ve pegged almost all of these but the women are harder than the men. Is the buxom bikini in the foreground Gina Lollobrigida?

    • Tom says:

      The woman in the pink/red bikini in the foreground looking to the right is Liz Taylor. The one on Sinatra’s back with partially hidden face is Shirley Maclaine. I think the two blondes in the back are just generic bimbos although the one by Brando looks a lot like Bridget Bardot.

      • DD says:

        I’m pretty sure the woman on Sinatra’s back is Mia Farrow. She has Farrow’s cropped hair, and the two were married from 1966-1968.

        • Tom says:

          Yep, you’re probably right about that. The red hair had me thinking Maclaine, who also had short cropped hair and a Rat Pack connection. However Farrow had strawberry blonde hair and the timing makes more sense.

  3. Lash LeRoux says:

    I, too, am a HUGE Mort fan and love running across this little gems. Thanks so much for sharing, Tom!

  4. JWB says:

    This brings back memories. I would sometimes buy albums just for thier cover art. I may still have some Jack Davis albums and a Wally Wood. Oh, I believe the other fella in the trenchcoat on the diving board behind Cary Grant is Robert(Untouchables) Stack! Perhaps better known from Airplane! now.

  5. This just became my new desktop!

  6. Mark Engblom says:

    Love the shorts on Ed Sullivan.

    What a great “time capsule” into a vanished era (when the adults actually resembled adults)

  7. Joe Groshek says:

    Hi Tom,
    I too have this album in my MAD collection, one of my favorite Mort Covers, thanks for sharing.

  8. Corbett says:

    What a great set of Mort faces in one place! An awesome find!
    Dean is GREAT! Funny that Kirk Douglas is so straight on – given the face to work with.

    I stop by a large thrift store near my house about every week to pour through the albums solely for the cover art. I recently found a great Ed Renfro cover for a ragtime album and a Hirschfeld (still in the cellophane) for Man of La Mancha.
    I wasn’t convinced to grab an album cover by Gerry Gersten because of the poor condition – but it was in a MUCH different style than I grew up seeing from him. That sort of thing really intrigues me and keeps me lookin’

    – C

  9. Hey pallie, likes thanks so much for bringin’ back such cool Dinomemories….I owned and loved this al-b-um back in the days when I was a real Deanager….loves that pix of our Dino with the drink and bottles…congrats on ownin’ one of the coolest Dinoitems ever and sharin’ it with the whole Dinoworld. Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool…oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth…..

  10. Wow,
    Thanks for sharing!
    Who is the guy on the diving board with the trench coat?

    Tom says:
    October 8, 2009 at 10:31 am
    That is definitely Boris Karloff.

    Thanks I thought it was Senator Rangel for a second.
    Oh yea different era! Doh


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