The Show, 1927
I love Peter Pan! Man, i watched the Mary Martin musical version and the Disney version like a thousand times as a kid, and also read various versions of the text with little-kid intensity. As an adult, some of the themes break my heart a little too much to even say. Children are, after all, heartless by adult standards, yet we credit them with an innocent sweetness which this book challenged and championed at the same time, way back in the Victorian era! These clearly show my debt to Mary Blair’s concept work for the Disney movie, but also have the slightest diversity which, frankly, can only help make up for the very iffy ‘Indians’ in the material. Can’t quite figure out how to handle them in an illustration without being gross, so have mermaids with afros instead!
Hebrew Rest Cemetery, Gentilly, New Orleans, La.