Magazine Cover Comics: The Fortunes of Flossie

Here’s a delightful continuing comic that appeared on the covers of Hearst’s American Weekly Sunday magazine section in 1927. The poetry (which for some reason was pretty well the standard storytelling device on magazine covers) is by the ubiquitous Carolyn Wells, and the art is by Nell Brinkley. Brinkley is really at the height of her powers here on this series; her sometimes overly fussy drawing style is restrained and she lets the color do the job it’s intended to do. I’m afraid that the scanning and reducing process has washed out the vivid and well-blended colors a bit – the central figure is truly breathtaking on the original.

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