"1962 Release of the Book, "Fail-Safe""   Lot no. 2356

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

1962 (Estimated)
13.00" x 16.75"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Drawing by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the 1962 release of the book `Fail-Safe`, depicting the Strategic Air Command War Room in Omaha, Nebraska. This chilling Cold War nightmare, by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, was adapted to the screen in 1964 by Walter Bernstein (one of the blacklisted `Hollywood Ten` writers) and directed by Sidney Lumet. This artwork was to accompany the review in the New York Journal-American. On 14 1/2" x 22" illustration board. Includes original clipping. 13" x 16 3/4" image. Unevenly toned, minor soiling, editor`s notations.

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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.