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When Book Jackets Were Bad, Hawkins's Were Good

Arthur Hawkins, Jr. (1903-1985) was the longtime toastmaster of New York Art Directors Club galas (he was also the Club’s president from 1945 to 1946). I saw him in that role for the first time at an awards evening at the Waldorf Astoria in the early ’80s. He was an old man then and...

Avengers Assembled, the Sequel

J.J. Sedelmaier’s recent post on Superman got my comic book mojo going. I’ve always been more of a Marvel guy myself and it got me thinking about this piece I did a year and half ago for Imprint about the wild rumors surrounding the highly anticipated Avengers movie. Now that we know a lot more...

Trespass Reviewed

Recently I received a copy of Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, a 324-page release from Taschen edited by Ethel Seno and written by Carlo McCormick and Wooster Collective‘s Marc and Sara Schiller. It’s a lovely book, well up to Taschen standards, and if anyone is looking for a wide-ranging collection of street...

Avengers Assembled

If you’re geeking out these days like I am with all of the superhero movies, then rumors of The Avengers ought to have you downright frothing at the mouth. Lots of buzz has gone around about the cast but it seems finally set (and it’s not half bad). Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his Iron Man...