Read-Along

Nov. 8th, 2016 01:05 pm
ext_1888: Crichton looking thoughtful and a little awed. (gleeful charlotte)
[identity profile] wemblee.livejournal.com
At another den of iniquity I frequent, someone (not me, I'm a flake) organized a Jeeves & Wooster read-along. Would anyone be interested in doing such a thing here? Like, once a week we could do however many chapters seems wise, there'd be a post, people would comment... Or maybe this could be a thing to try over on Imzy? Thoughts?
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
I am so excited! I found a treasure trove of historic newspapers with illustrated Jeeves and Bertie stories dating to the mid '20s and early '30s. A whole slew of these stories were published in the Boston Daily Globe in 1925, and again in its later incarnation, the Daily Boston Globe, between 1929 and 1932. Today, we're going to look at the latter group.

Tragically, the person did these illustrations is uncredited, and the bounder did not sign their name. It is assuredly not cartoonist Gene Mack, who did Wodehouse illustration duty for the Boston Globe in 1925. But whoever they might be, this person created a Jeeves of such surpassing loveliness that he gives Henry Raleigh's dishy Right Ho-era Jeeves a run for his money.



Yes, that's Jeeves.

Yowza! )

And that's all I have from Mystery Illustrator for now. All in all quite nicely done, but lacking a certain spark. Next time, I will show you the work of their predecessor, Gene Mack.

Previous entries:

"Bingo and the Little Woman" and "The Metropolitan Touch"
"Comrade Bingo"
"Bertie Changes His Mind"
"Leave It to Jeeves"
Right Ho, Jeeves
"The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace"
"Aunt Agatha Takes the Count"
"Jeeves in the Springtime"
"Scoring Off Jeeves" and "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch"
"Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest"
"The Great Sermon Handicap"
"The Purity of the Turf"
"Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg"
"Jeeves and the Chump Cyril" and "Extricating Young Gussie"
Joy in the Morning
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
Oh, my fellow Indeed_Sirrers, it has been so long! I don't know how many of you are still around who remember this series, but a million years ago in internet time (so like 4 years ago) I started gathering and posting illustrations from the original publications of various Jeeves and Bertie stories/novels. I posted all the ones that were easy for me to come by online, mostly from 1910s-early 1920s issues of Cosmopolitan and The Strand.

Well, today I bring you illustrations from the American publication of Joy in the Morning (Doubleday and Co., 1946) by illustrator Paul Galdone. Now, I don't want to say I 100% hate everything about them, but . . . yeah. I'm sorry, Mr. Galdone, you were a perfectly fine children's book illustrator. But this just ain't ringing my chimes. :(



Uh, Bertie, about that suit . . . )

Previous entries:

"Bingo and the Little Woman" and "The Metropolitan Touch"
"Comrade Bingo"
"Bertie Changes His Mind"
"Leave It to Jeeves"
Right Ho, Jeeves
"The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace"
"Aunt Agatha Takes the Count"
"Jeeves in the Springtime"
"Scoring Off Jeeves" and "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch"
"Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest"
"The Great Sermon Handicap"
"The Purity of the Turf"
"Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg"
"Jeeves and the Chump Cyril" and "Extricating Young Gussie"
ext_1888: Crichton looking thoughtful and a little awed. (my fandom has been co-opted by corporate)
[identity profile] wemblee.livejournal.com
In the interests of generating some discussion:

I'm reading Right Ho, Jeeves for the first time (or I read it so long ago that I remember none of it) and Bertie comes across as a bit of a dick! It's honestly kind of refreshing -- I'm so used to him as a sweetie-pie. (I don't know if that's fanfic merging with canon in my head, but I do vaguely remember him being more self-deprecating in later books.) It's interesting to see him be a bit arrogant. I mean, this is earlier in the chronology and in he and Jeeves' relationship (I think), so it makes sense.

I was also surprised that Wodehouse had Gussie be way into newts but simultaneously a dreamy flake, because that's definitely not how a Nerdy Newt Guy would be written now; like, those aren't traits you normally pair when you're thinking of your general Reclusive Nerdy Dude trope. I don't know if that's him turning things on their heads or if he was just working with different literary/cultural expectations than we are today. Or if he was just thinking, "Hey, whatever's funny."

What say you, indeedsir folks? (Sorry for the lack of Wodehousian patter, I'm just not capable of it.)
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
I just came across a page of Wodehouse's notes, published as a photographic plate in P. G. Wodehouse: A Literary Biography by Benny Green (New York: The Rutledge Press, 1981). Oh, what might have been . . .

Surely I can get something out of Bertie being pursued by Beefy. )
[identity profile] 3a-berkeley.livejournal.com
Am I delusional or did Bertie once describe himself as being 'safe in taxis'?
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
Today, while struggling with the next part of my WIP of doom, I felt compelled to take out some of my creative frustrations on some canon material. Here are a couple of sketches of Aunt Dahlia, inspired by Code of the Woosters.

dahlia_preview

Yoiks! )
[identity profile] ironicbees.livejournal.com
This time scenes from "Jeeves in the Springtime" and "Bertie Changes His Mind".

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[identity profile] ironicbees.livejournal.com
This time it's a scene from "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch".

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[identity profile] ironicbees.livejournal.com
I've been in the mood to illustrate some canon scenes, so here are a couple.

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Art

Jun. 29th, 2012 11:02 pm
[identity profile] ironicbees.livejournal.com
Here's a little scene from "Fixing it for Freddie", featuring what was undoubtedly one of Bertie's most foolhardy plans.

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[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
Hi! Remember these? I'm finally back with a couple more, after a long and frustrating adventure with my computer's service board blowing out, and then being out of the country for two months. Sort of bunged a spanner into the works. Alas, this is about all I have at the moment anyway, but I'll be doing my best to get my hands on more as soon as I can.

Today, I give you two stories illustrated by our old friend Leete: "Jeeves and the Chump Cyril" and "Extricating Young Gussie."




He's got a face like a fish! )

Previous entries:

"Bingo and the Little Woman" and "The Metropolitan Touch"
"Comrade Bingo"
"Bertie Changes His Mind"
"Leave It to Jeeves"
Right Ho, Jeeves
"The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace"
"Aunt Agatha Takes the Count"
"Jeeves in the Springtime"
"Scoring Off Jeeves" and "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch"
"Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest"
"The Great Sermon Handicap"
"The Purity of the Turf"
"Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg"
[identity profile] ironicbees.livejournal.com
I did sketches of all the young ladies (even the ones who rarely get drawn, like Rosie and Corky), but then I saw that they were too generically pretty and even with their individual features they still all still looked too much the same somehow. That's boring for me. Bertie, why didn't you hang out with more plain/odd-featured women? I still plan to draw the ladies, but I want to make their appearances a bit more unique and distinctive first, so that will have to wait a while.

Until then, have some Jooster.

Read more )
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com

So, we've all been wondering about the preponderance of story-inappropriate mustaches in these illustrations. But what about the couple of tales where Bertie actually does have a soup-strainer?

As far as I know, this only happens in one of the short stories and one of the novels, and happily I have the short story right here. It was illustrated by two of our old familiar chums, Alfred Leete (who was never guilty of inappropriate mustachio-ing) and Henry Raleigh (who, we now know, had no excuse for his improper facial-hair use in later illustrations).

Hold onto your bowlers, my friends -- this is going to be interesting.

Boost for Birdsb-AUGH! )

Other entries:
"Comrade Bingo"
"Bertie Changes His Mind"
"Leave It to Jeeves"
Right Ho, Jeeves
"The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace"
"Aunt Agatha Takes the Count"
"Jeeves in the Springtime"
"Scoring Off Jeeves" and "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch"
"Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest"
"The Great Sermon Handicap"
"The Purity of the Turf"

[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
Today I have another story illustrated by Mills and Skidmore! "The Great Sermon Handicap" is not one of my favorite stories, but it does feature some of my favorite illustrations (by Mills, anyway).



When Cynthia smiles . . . )

Other entries:
"Comrade Bingo"
"Bertie Changes His Mind"
"Leave It to Jeeves"
Right Ho, Jeeves
"The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace"
"Aunt Agatha Takes the Count"
"Jeeves in the Springtime"
"Scoring Off Jeeves" and "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch"
"Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest"
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
Hi, I'm back! Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.

I'm going to be posting more fic soon, but first I have another crop of illustrations to share.



This story was illustrated by Alfred Leete in The Strand, and it was published around the same time in The Saturday Evening Post with illustrations by none other than Henry Raleigh. Let's start with Leete:

Darling Motty . . . )


Other entries:
"Comrade Bingo"
"Bertie Changes His Mind"
"Leave It to Jeeves"
Right Ho, Jeeves
"The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace"
"Aunt Agatha Takes the Count"
"Jeeves in the Springtime"
"Scoring Off Jeeves" and "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch"
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
Ok, this is my last one of these before I go off on vacation. Since these two stories are so closely related, I figured I'd just bundle them together.



A tender goddess! )

Hope you all have a topping holiday!

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