Ren Wicks’ Bathing Witch, 1964
Back in February I started posting a series of classic pin-up witches, beginning with Gil Elvgren. Since then I have posted on George Petty, Alberto Vargas, Freeman Elliot and Bill Layne. I also promised to include Ren Wicks and so now, six months later, it is time to deliver!
The images above and below are from Harold’s Club [Reno] Calendar, 1964, featuring Girls of Fantasy by Ren Wicks. “Witch” is the image for September-October. At the end of the calendar appears a paragraph of description and explanation of the image. It reads, in part, “Witches were usually pictured as crafty old hags, but as you can see, our own lass has been masquerading in skulduggery. Here she bathes in scented waters, preparing to beguile some hapless male with the wizardry and magic of her charms.”
There are many details in this picture that are worth a closer look. Here are a few:
Wicks has included a hag mask so you know his model is a witch. See here for another example of the “pretty-witch with hag-mask” theme.
UPDATE: this next one is for Infidelis Maximus.