Yes, its subject may just be illustrated, but Des Taylor’s THE VESHA VALENTINE STORY is one sexy book! Billed as “a pin-up storybook,” the Slave Labor Graphics paperback chronicles the life of the beautiful buxom brunette, from her burlesque stage days in post-World War II Paris to Hollywood film stardom and beyond.
Valentine is fictional, of course, but the backstory Taylor has given her harbors elements culled from any number of iconic sex symbols, including Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page, to name just two. In a work like this, however, story is completely secondary. It’s all about the visuals.
And what visuals they are! Taylor tackles Vesha’s curves like a pro, and every page oozes with all-American, red-blooded sexuality, albeit one that doesn’t feel naughty. Like Vesha’s stage act, it’s all a tease. Everything about her is alluring — the beauty mark on the left cheek, her wavy curls, and especially her hourglass figure. Don’t get this one to read, get it to gawk. —Rod Lott