The late great was born 106 years ago…
By PETER BOSCH
If there is one thing I truly love about DC’s Silver Age humor comics, it is the art of the late Bob Oksner, who was born 106 years ago on Oct. 14, 1916. Oksner drew beautiful women. No, I take that back… he drew breathtaking ladies. And they shared one similar feature: As Oksner himself observed, “My women had Saturday night bodies and Sunday school faces.” (Alter Ego #67, April 2007, TwoMorrows).
That sexy-but-innocent quality was a mainstay of the Oksner women who appeared in titles such as The Adventures of Bob Hope and Angel and the Ape. But they were never more appealing than when he was drawing DC’s adaptation of the TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, the 1959-63 CBS sitcom about girl-crazy teenager Dobie (Dwayne Hickman) and his beatnik buddy, Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver).
Oksner was absolutely the perfect artist for the comic. What painter Alberto Vargas was to Playboy, Bob Oksner was to Dobie Gillis. Here are 13 GREAT COVERS from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis 26-issue series, which ran from May-June 1960 to October 1964.
In chronological order:
— 13 COVERS: A BOB OKSNER Birthday Celebration — 2021 EDITION. Click here.
— 13 COVERS: A BOB OKSNER Birthday Celebration — 2020 EDITION. Click here.
PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Page, has just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.