Jim Silke – Comic Pin Up Artist
After a career as the Executive Art Director at Capitol Records and as the creator, editor, and designer of the magazines Cinema and Movies International, as well as glamour photographer, historian (Here’s Looking At You, Kid), novelist (the Death Dealer series), and screenwriter (Sahara, King Solomon’s Mines, Revenge of the Ninja, etc.), Jim Silke turned, in 1991 at age sixty, to his first love — writing and drawing comics.
He has since completed the graphic novels, Rascals In Paradise and Bettie Page, Queen of the Nile, plus three illustrated art books, two about the world’s leading pin-up girl, Bettie Page: Queen of Hearts and Bettie Page Rules, and one about his often hilarious life as a pin-up artist, Pin-Up: The Illegitimate Art. All his books are published by Dark Horse Books. His latest work, Dames, Dolls and Gun Molls, an art book about the legendary paperback cover artist Robert A. Maguire, will be published in the summer of 2009.