Tuesday, July 3, 2018
July 4th Barbecue Kroger Ad Illustration – June 30, 1958
Down in the lower right corner of the drawing is a signature: NOWAK.
link to the interview on Cleveland.com.)
According to this article, Nowak left comics and went into advertising after World War II. He enjoyed a 25-year career as the chief illustrator for Stamps Conheim Newspaper Advertising Service in Los Angeles. Perhaps that’s how his work ended up in a Kroger ad, if it is his work.
Nowak developed a wonderful style of illustration. Google his name and you’ll find an impressive body of work.
But if you look at the Kroger ad with the well-drawn people, you can see his comic book roots.
Could that be the Man of Steel doing a ‘super’ job of grilling those steaks?