""Acapulco""   Lot no. 2306

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Feb. 27, 1961 (Estimated)
9.50" x 14.00"
Pen & Ink, Paper Overlay and Watercolor on Board
Signed Lower Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2006) for NBC-TV`s `Acapulco`, on Sunay, March 26, 1961 cover of The New York Journal-American TView Magazine. Featuring James Taeger as Patrick Malone (left) and James Coburn as Gregg Smith (right), Korean War vets who work for a criminal lawyer and live large in a ritzy resort, plus `Mujer Viernes` (Girl Friday) Chloe played by Allison Hayes (who won fame in 1958`s Attack of the Fifty-Foot Woman). The series debuted Feb 27, 1961 but was axed after 8 episodes on April 24, 1961. 15" x 22" illustration board with paste-up photostat text, paper overlay with watercolor. Includes original copy of cover. 9 1/2" x 14" image. Minor soiling, tears to edges of color sheet.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.