Tuesday, February 12, 2008

U.S. Navy Airborne Electronics

Christmas has come early this year. The mailman delivered a HUGE parcel to my p.o. box today. The contents included an amazing array of dozens of images of Hank Porter art, sent to me by the family of Porter's now deceased daughter. The archive is just as amazing as the ones forwarded to me by two of Porter's other children two years ago. There are dozens of examples of Porter's work, including many examples of his contributions to the war effort, including some images I have never seen before.

Here is one item that was in the package - the December 1945 cover of Digest, a publication of the U.S. Navy Airborne Electronics division. The design on the cover of the magazine was created by Porter in the fall of 1945. Records at the Walt Disney Archives indicate this design was created for the Airborne Coordinating Group, Naval Research Lab, Washington, D.C.

If you look close you'll see that Goofy and Donald are looking at a head and shoulder shot of a pretty girl, who bears a striking resemblance to one of the Centaurettes from Fantasia.


Major Pepperidge said...

I am always amazed at the amazing talent that Hank Porter had... not only could he draw all of the Disney characters perfectly "on model", but he developed great graphically interesting designs full of action and humor. Later artists often made the characters look like they were made out of cardboard!

DisneyDave said...

I agree 100%. The quantity AND quality of Porter's art is astounding. His illustrations of the various characters were always spot on.

Hopefully the biography I am writing will give Porter some of the credit he so richly deserves.