Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas to all our readers!

A Happy Christmas (or whatever your equivalent may be) to all our readers.  We really appreciate those who come by and, especially, those who take the time to comment.  

Our Christmas cavegirl is Edina Ronay from Hammer Film's Prehistoric Women (1967).  More on this in the New Year.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Cavegirl Art 22: Another Playboy cartoon cavegirl

We are conscious that we haven't posted anything for some time although are working on a couple of posts which should be ready by Christmas.  In the meantime we came across another Playboy cartoon cavegirl.  This time from March 1978.  No fur bikini on this one though...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Raquel Welch behind the scenes in One Million Years BC

Having just watched Raquel Welch enlivening the rather good western Bandolero (1968) this week we thought that it made for as good as an excuse as any to post this behind the scenes shot of her from One Million Years BC (1966).

Left to right we have: Yvonne Horner (Ullah), director Don Chaffey and Raquel looking nicely grubby.  We'll see Yvonne Horner again as she also appeared in Slave Girls/Prehistoric Women (1967).

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cavegirl Art 21: Pre-production poster for One Million Years BC (1965)

The poster for One Million Years BC, with its iconic shot of Raquel Welch, is so well known that it is interesting to look at this pre-production example from before the time when Welch was on board.

Painted by the British doyenne of the film poster, Tom Chantrell (1916-2001), it has already made the image of the girl more dominant than the prehistoric creatures.  Chantrell produced the final posters for the film as well and pretty much the only thing he kept was the title writing and the circling pterodactyls.

Chantrell, who left Manchester Art College at the age of fifteen to join a local advertising agency, worked at Allardyce Palmer from the forties until the eighties, turning out some 7000 designs in total.  He did a lot of work for Hammer and averaged three posters a week.  Most of his posters, like the One Million Years BC one, were produced before the film had been made and were designed to help attract finance. He produced many striking posters but his most famous poster is probably this one for a well known seventies science fiction film. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Cavegirl Art 20: another cartoon cave girl

Here is another cavegirl cartoon by Dink Siegel from Playboy.  This one comes from the June 1964 issue and, like the one we posted before pictures cave people and dinosaurs co-existing.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cavegirl Art 19: Girl in a leopard skin

Well, technically she is not a cavegirl at all but she is in a leopard skin, she is outside and she doesn't have any modern adornments in the way of bracelets or necklaces.

In fact she is a Bacchante, drawn by English artist George Owen Wynne Apperley (1884-1960) in 1942.

Apperley was born in Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, but moved to Spain to live in 1916 where he became one of the country's most celebrated artists, although he is virtually unknown in the country of his birth. He had to leave his home in Granada because of the Spanish Civil War and moved to Tangier where he lived and painted until his death in 1960.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cavegirl Art 18: Girl with club

Here is quite a nice cavegirl with a club.  We don't know who the artist is but maybe someone does.  The pterodactyls and small dinosaurs place her firmly in the cavegirl category rather than the jungle girl category usually suggested by her spotted big cat skin bikini.  Her jewellery seems to be made of teeth, bones and shells so is authentic for her cavegirl existence although we are not sure about her earrings.

In fact her bikini and gloves look very much like jaguar skin so that places her firmly on top of a lost mesa in South America we think; ready to beguile some intrepid explorers who have ascended from the forest below.  

So we like this cavegirl even if there is something of the Julie Strain Penthouse look about her. 

Monday, April 09, 2012

Cavegirl: Raquel Welch 3

This is one of the new ones

A blog on cavegirls in fur bikinis can never have enough Raquel so here are a few pictures we haven't posted before, along with a couple which are in a much higher resolution than we originally posted them.

Although we have posted a similar colour shot to this one this black and white one is a slightly different (and very effective pose).

The top one of these two of Raquel on rocks by the sea is new and the bottom one is a much higher resolution than originally posted.

The top one is a bigger version than we have shown in the past but the bottom one is new.  If there is anything better than a cavegirl in a fur bikini it's a wet cavegirl in a fur bikini.  Finding a new Raquel in fur bikini photo is always a pleasure and the bottom one we hadn't seen in any form before so was very grateful to S from Vancouver who sent it to us for our birthday this year (along with the yellow one at the top).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cavegirl Art 17: Another Frazetta cavegirl

Here is another splendid cavegirl by Frank Frazetta.  Unarmed, for once, and not bothering with a fur bikini just a few scraps of fur to adorn her hips, the sense of motion in this one is excellent.  Maybe she is fleeing from some prehistoric beast...or a caveman!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cavegirl Art 16: Cavegirls by Roy Krenkel

From the Ace Books reprint of The Cave Girl (1962)

We featured some of Roy Krenkel's superb pen and ink drawings over on our Venus Observations blog.  Amongst his other work were some very fine cavegirls; principally to illustrate Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel The Cave Girl.

The novel was published in 1925 but it consisted of two stories entitled The Cave Girl and The Cave Man whch first appeared in serialised form in The All Story Magazine in 1913 and 1917 respectively.

Despite its name, the book is set in the present (i.e.e the second decade of the twentieth century) and tells the story of Waldo Emerson Smith-Jones who is washed overboard from a ship in the South Seas.  Landing on an island he is confonted by primitive ape men who attack him but also discovers Nadara the cave girl.

Sketch for the cover of The Cave Girl

Much complicated action follows as Waldo remains with Nadara, leaves her, goes back to her, and then communicates with his parents via a visiting ship whilst choosing to remain on the island.  In the end Nadara is revealed as the daughter of modern day nobility whose parents were also shipwrecked on the island but died.  It all ends happily. 

Finished artwork for cover

Krenkel illustrated the book for a 1962 edition by Ace Books and his Adara is a typically curvy girl who looks rather more like a girl from the pre-First World War period than a 1960's pin up.  Krenkel, we have to say, was a better line artist than a painter and his cover for The Cave Girl is rather lacking in the strong composition some of his other colour work for Ace Book's sixties Burroughs reprints showed.

The same can't be said for his pen and ink work which was exceptional, however.  Krenkel was a significant influence on the young Frank Frazetta.  The two met around 1950 and they worked together at EC Comics.

Interior illustration for The Cave Girl

Krenkel produced other prehistoric themed work, including some with a suitably cavegirl take on another Burroughs character, La of Opar from his Tarzan books.

 La of Opar

Although La is dressed in a nice fur bikini her jewellery and metal spearhead show her to be  a lost world cavegirl rather than a prehistoric one.


These pterodactyl-like creatures are the Thipdars from another Burroughs book, At the Earth's Core.  In this case, however, our busty protagonist has a proper stone-tipped spear.

This final picture, in a cleaner style, shows an even larger lady than usual astride a small brontosaur.  A large amount of character is expressed in a few lines!

Roy Krenkel (1918-1983)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cavegirl: Martine Beswick 2

We found this picture of Martine Beswick from One Million Years BC which we hadn't seen before.  She is in the cave set which Hammer, with it's usual economy, re-used for the film Prehistoric Women (1967) also known as Slave Girls and Slave of the Amazons.  Beswick, of course, having been a co-star in One Million Years BC had a bigger, starring role in Prehistoric Women which, despite its title was set in the present day.  She must have got very familiar with the set! We will do a proper post about this film shortly.