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Robert Gibney Webb Sweet Surrender prison convict Vintage Original Art 1930-1940

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I have this original , vintage piece of artwork done on paper and mounted/glued to thick poster board.

I acquired a few different pieces of original early vintage cartoon type artwork from a former antique dealer in Greensboro NC.

From my research and markings on other artwork , my best guess is that the signed signature of " Webb  Gibney " near right lower side was signed by one person , but actually are the names of two artists.    Robert Gibney and Robert Webb had a studio in New York, NY , possibly in the 1930's or 1940's.

The themes / clothing / images of some of the other cartoon artwork I will be listing dates these pieces 1930's to early 1940's.   With cartoons of Dracula type figure , prisoner , airplane , movie director , zoo animal and outdoor scene , of which some were done in color.   This piece happens to be done in shades of black/grey/white.   

From the style of writing , the signature was signed by only one person  , as  " Webb Gibney "

From my research , these are actually two different artists that were partners from New York , which were also known for their comic book artwork , and along with Robert Gibney's wife , most likely used these cartoons in early issues of Vogue , Good Housekeeping , Redbook , ect..

The condition of this undated original artwork is fairly nice for its age , excellent condition , with only a few small light spotting to the actual artwork.  Only the poster board shows discolor and wear to edges/corners.

The water colors were done in shades pink, white, gray, light blue, brown, yellow.

This piece is a cartoon with caption hand written at bottom "Gee, Maizie old moll, your an angel. "

My best guess is this artwork is based on a movie filmed on location in New York, Sweet Surrender (1935), takes place in a variety of landmark locations, including the NBC radio studios at Rockefeller Center, Jack Dempsey's Restaurant, and the S. S. Normandie (several years before it capsized in New York Harbor, of course!) Radio tenor  Frank Parker heads the cast as radio tenor Danny O'Day, who gets involved in a robbery-impersonation plot. The late Ukranian singer and Broadway actress Tamara Drasin (billed here as simply 'Tamara') plays a dual role as Danny's dancer sweetheart Delphine and her gun-moll look-alike Maizie Marshall. Also playing "masquerade party" is Maizie's gangster beau Jerry Burke (Russ Brown), who pretends to be a schoolteacher. It's up to Danny to figure out which girl is which, and why Maizie and Jerry are going to all this trouble. In addition to Frank Parker, several other New York habitues make brief appearances, including boxer-turned-restaurateur Jack Dempsey and Abe Lyman and his Orchestra. 

The prison scene shows a blonde hair angel, flying down with gun, file and saw in hand to a male prisoner behind bars.  

The center large artwork , pasted to the board is aprox   13"   x   9 3/4"  inches.    The outer poster board is  20"  x  15"  inches.

This is Not a reproduction or a copy or a print.    This is an original vintage piece of artwork aprox 70+ year old.

Please watch my listings for a few other pieces of original vintage art I will be listing.

Returned artwork will require buyer to pay all Postage / insurance / tracking costs  BOTH WAYS.   Also a restocking fee of 10% for cost of packaging & materials will be charged.   Please do not purchase if you do not agree to these terms for this listing only.

Here is my best guess on determining both artists and also Gibney's wife  , that I could find , along with the page links :

Robert Gibney was the painter / colorist.
Robert ( Hayward ) Webb , was an artist.


I have been unable to find any comprehensive biographical information about Robert Hayward Webb (below), except that he began working for Fiction House in the early 1940s.  His first Sheena story appeared in Jumbo Comics No. 28 which appeared in June 1941

Black and Feret say that when he first took over the feature he drew it in a very Powell-like way, but within a few years he had developed his own style.  They also point out that despite the fact that Webb illustrated every Sheena story in Jumbo Comics, from No. 28 (, through to the last issue, No. 127, he never drew a Sheena cover.  His stories were usually between 10 to 15 pages long and though he handled all of the penciling and layout chores for the Sheena stories he never actually drew the Sheena figure.  As mentioned above, this task was reserved for the Good Girl Art aficionados who were masters of the feminine form, like Matt Baker or Jack Kamen.  The feature was created in an assembly line fashion, with each artist contributing his own elements.  Lastly, Webb's principal inker, David Heames, would ink over the entire strip to obliterate any discernible differences in the different artist's styles.  Webb produced a staggering volume of work on Sheena between 1941 and 1953 and is considered the Sheena artist.  The main image at the top of this page is a Bob Webb Sheena splash page, but the GGA artist's contributions were obviously significant.

Webb also provided the artwork for The Hawk, which also appeared in Jumbo Comics.  When Sheena was given her own title in the spring of 1942 Webb would also provide all of the stories for all 18 issues of Sheena through to the final issue in winter of 1952/53. He also produced several issues of the Classic's Illustrated series - Frankenstein (1945); Mysterious Island (1947); and Kidnapped (1948).

In his essay, Sheena Queen of the Jungle, Bill Black points out that when he acquired his first Jumbo Comic (issue No. 73) he wasn't particularly impressed by the art style of the comic generally. He was, however, very impressed by the rendering of Sheena, and the gorgeous female villain whose long dark hair was pulled down over her naked breasts in the tale, War Apes of the T'kanis.  The art he was impressed by was the Good Girl Art experts.  The art he wasn't so keen about was Webb's.  His animals are unnaturalistic and and comical, his villains and natives are grotesque caricatures, and the overall effect is amateurish and clumsy (right).  His earlier Powell-influenced style is even more ridiculously cartoonish, although it should be conceded that he did improve considerably over time.  It is a sad statement that the person considered to be "the" Sheena artist, who dominated the feature for over a decade, did such a ham-fisted job of it.  The salvation, however, lies in the fact that the GGA artists depicted Sheena with feminine allure and graceful beauty, despite her adventurous nature.  The master of them all, Matt Baker, will be examined next.


Robert Hayward Webb, also known as simply Bob Webb, was an American comic artist active in the 1940s and 1950s through the Iger Shop. He did many features for Fiction House, including 'The Hawk', 'Inspector Dayton', 'Kayo Kirby', 'Sheena' and 'Tiger Girl'. He also worked on features for Fox Comics ('Blue Beetle', 'Dynamo'), Leader Enterprises ('Saga of the Sea', 'Salty Stuff'), Quality ('Samar', 'Merlin the Magician') and Great Comics Publications ('Guy Gorham').

He worked on the 'The Hawk' syndicated strip from 1952 to 1969 and illustrated comic adaptations of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', Jules Verne's 'Mysterious Island' (1947, along with David Heames) and Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped' (1948) in Gilberton's Classics Illustrated line.



Nancy Flagg Gibney (1922–12 February 1980) was an American magazine writer and editor who moved from New York City to St. John, United States Virgin Islands. Her family's property is now known as Gibney Beach on Hawksnest Bay in St. John.

Early career

She was born in 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of J. Francis Flagg, the New England manager of Macmillan Publishers. She graduated from Smith College in 1942. At Smith, she won Vogue magazine's Prix de Paris writing competition. The award came with a year's internship in the magazine's Paris office, but due to the war, she worked in Manhattan. She later became an editor in the Vogue feature department, working under the legendary editor in chief, Edna Woolman Chase. She wrote pieces for Vogue, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook.

In the early 1940s she became friends with a group of writers and artists centered around Columbia University. Among the group was painter Ad Reinhardt, poet Robert Lax, and New Yorker cartoonist Charles Saxon. She met Thomas Merton in Olean, New York, in 1941. Merton mentions her in his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.

And when Nancy Flagg was there, she sat in the same sun, and combed her hair, which was marvelous red-gold and I hope she never cut it short for it gave glory to God. And on those days I think Peggy Wells read the Bible out loud to Nancy Flagg.

Also in the group was the writer, sculptor and painter Robert Gibney, who had graduated from Columbia in 1936 and was friends with Merton and Lax. She dated Gibney and the couple married in 1946. On their honeymoon they visited the United States Virgin Islands, and ended up staying on St. John for the remainder of their lives.

Move to St. John

In 1950 Nancy and Robert Gibney bought property on St. John in Hawksnest Bay. They built a stone house close to the beach. In 1957, the Gibneys sold a parcel of their land to atomic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his wife, Kitty. Oppenheimer's house was designed by Wallace Harrison, lead architect for the United Nations headquarters complex. Today the house is a community center.

The couple had three children, Edward, John, and Eleanor. Robert Gibney died in November 1973 on St. Thomas.

Nancy Gibney died of cancer on 12 February 1980 at her home on Hawksnest Bay.

Gibney Beach

In 1950, the Gibneys bought a 40-acre (160,000 m2) parcel on Hawksnest Bay and constructed a house just inland from the center of the beach. Gibney Beach is at the eastern end of Hawksnest Bay. It is 0.3-mile (0.48 km) east of Hawksnest Bay or 2.1 miles (3.4 km) east of Mongoose Junction on Route 20. Drivers enter via the second driveway on the left after passing Hawksnest Beach. Limited parking is available. Walk through the door in the iron gate and walk down the driveway to the shore.

After Nancy Gibney died, the property was left to her three children.


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