THE VESHA VALENTINE STORY By Des Taylor (Slave Labor Graphics)
“This started off as an artbook.”
So says Des Taylor in the introduction to his own book. And what a fine artbook it is!
Straight from the cover, this book draws you into its world of cabaret and glitz as you read all about the life of starlet Vesha Valentine.
Following in the footsteps of her mother, the story follows her climb to stardom from being a burlesque dancer, to a Hollywood actress.
Told in paragraphs of prose beside large panels of beautiful art, it captures perfectly the feel of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The line work in the art is beautiful and Des manages to create a wonderful depth of field so eye-catching they look more like cinema stills than art!
When I was reading it I couldn’t help but feel as if I was watching a classic Hollywood movie from the Golden Age of films like Sunset Boulevard.
If you’re a fan of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Page and cheesecake photography, this book is sure to appeal to you.