If you’re lucky enough to be on Joe Phillips’ Christmas card list, you’re in for a treat.
Best known to comic book fans for his past work on such books as Justice League of America, Silver Surfer, X-Men, Legion of Super-Heroes, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine, Green Lantern and Superboy, in recent years, Phillips also has become well known in fannish circles for his stunning cosplay and retro-inspired graphic art homages (and spoofs) of 20th century poster and pinup art masters.
This current work, to be used as Phillips’ 2017 Christmas card, is modeled after J.C. Leyendecker’s 1935 classic “Trimming the Pie” featured as a Saturday Evening Post cover.
But in the modern version, Phillips inserts his own self portrait instead of Leyendecker’s granny figure. He also updated the 1935-era kid into one of his signature 20-something Joe Boys.
Always one to give his fellow artists due credit, Phillips acknowledges Leyendecker as the source and inspiration of his card … on his card.
And, if you’re wondering what kind of pie that Joe is making, it’s “Apple Pear,” Phillips said in a Facebook post.