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And For Her Birthday, Lola Wants… A Leg Lamp??

January 13, 2012

Second in a series of clock motif birthday tributes: this one to legendary Broadway dancer Gwen Verdon (1925-2000), who won four Tony awards and is best remembered for her role as The Devil’s seductive assistant Lola in the musical Damn Yankees. Dancer, legs, leg lamp… well, it seemed a good idea when I did the rough sketch… : )January 25th birthday tribute to Broadway dancer Gwen Verdon showing clock embedded in Christmas Story leg lamp and Verdon in her role as Lola in the musical Damn Yankees, with Robert Stack as Eliot Ness in background

Hey, who’s that peekin’ out from behind the lamp? Why, it’s Robert Stack (1919-2003), best remembered for his portrayal of Prohibition-era federal gangbuster Eliot Ness in TV’s The Untouchables. He, too, was born on January 13th.

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What do you think? Would Lola have wanted a leg lamp for her birthday? Would Eliot Ness have been tough enough to resist her charms?? Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2012 12:19 AM

    I love it, I love it, I love it! This one is much better than the first one in my humble opinion as a reader :D. It’s more comical and funny indeed! Love it!

    Well done, Mark! 🙂

    Have a good weekend 🙂

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    • January 14, 2012 12:18 PM

      Many thanks, Inge! Very interesting that you liked this one better than Superman. This one does seem to have more energy, perhaps because it’s completely hand-drawn. Something for me to think about.

      Really appreciate your feedback– thank you! And have a great weekend yourself, please!! : )

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  2. Mia permalink
    January 14, 2012 5:24 AM

    Love this! Loved her in “Damn Yankees” – and I have a leg lamp (“Frah-jheel-ay! It’s a major award!”)

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    • January 14, 2012 12:22 PM

      Ha! Thanks, Mia, I appreciate your enthusiasm and support. And I’m not at all surprised that you have a leg lamp. Clearly you have good taste when it comes to appliances and blogs– thanks again!! : )

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  3. January 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    With gams like that, I think Lola is the type of woman that would have loved to get a leg lamp. And I’m not sure any man could resist being drawn to the light;-)

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    • January 14, 2012 12:28 PM

      Haw! That Tremendous quip really made me laugh. Yes, Lola wasn’t the kind to hide her light under a, er, leg lamp– and that was a lucky thing for musical theater fans. Many thanks, Tracey, for your good-humored support!

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  4. January 14, 2012 3:14 PM

    Hilarious! Your Lola leg lamp rocks. Iconic leg lamps have since become some of the most desired pieces of movie memorabilia ever to emerge from a feature film. Replica leg lamps have become prized possessions of fans across North America.

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    • January 14, 2012 4:42 PM

      Thanks, TT, glad you enjoyed it. Now when I claim to be a great artist and people tell me I don’t have a leg to stand on, I’ll be able to prove them wrong!! : )

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  5. January 21, 2012 3:47 PM

    Awwwwwww…………..splendid!!!!
    Great performer, great show, great concept, GREAT image!!! I love the detail in it, the colors and fluidity, and the energy that it creates.
    WOW!!!!!

    ::applause::

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