Original "Bustoon" illustration by Bill Ward drawn for Russ Meyer

N.p. N.p., circa 1980s. Original illustration artwork, circa 1980s, commissioned by sexploitation maestro Russ Meyer, from his collection.

Noted “good girl” artist Bill Ward was a favorite of Meyer’s, and Ward’s art decorates all three volumes of the director’s 2000 autobiography, "A Clean Breast! The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer." This particular illustration appears on page 158 of the first volume, captioned “Dolly Dunbar. A hot/screwable lady.” (Page 59 of the volume reveals that Dunbar was a cashier at a burlesque joint.) A term coined by Meyer, “Bustoons” represented women with whom the director had dalliances.

Bill Ward was an American illustrator known for his pin-ups, erotic art, and work in the comic book industry. In 1946 he created the iconic and often undressed comic book character “Torchy,” a goodhearted but ditzy young blonde who often found herself in humorous, risqué encounters with lustful men.

Russ Meyer is best known for his campy, satirical sexploitation films, including "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (1965) and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" (1970).

Artwork 17 x 21 inches. Near Fine, unexamined out of Meyers’ original frame measuring 21.25 x 25.25 inches. Frame Very Good plus, with some light rubbing and chipping.


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