Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rader Love: “The Sex Plan”

Part of a month-long celebration of artist Paul Rader’s work.

The Sex Plan, by Philip Elder (Midwood, 1963). This same illustration was recycled by publisher All Star for its 1967 release The Power and the Passion, by Peter Kevin.

Although women’s garter belts have largely fallen out of fashion, thanks to the 20th-century introduction of elastic-topped pantyhose and the inclination among today’s younger members of the female sex to eschew nylon stockings altogether, Rader was very fond of employing those garments—complete with suspender “slings”—in his cover paintings. They contributed an element of the risqué to his images: After all, if you could see the suspenders connecting a woman’s stockings to her garter belt (as you do in The Sex Plan), then you were well on your way to still more intimate sights! I won’t claim that the 18 covers featured below represent the entirety of this artist’s use of garter belts in his paintings, but it’s a significant sample, at the very least.

Click on the images below for enlargements.

READ MORE:Get a Load of Those Gams!” by J. Kingston Pierce (Killer Covers).

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