Artist Jacques Rupp sets sail a fanciful galleon full of treasure-seeking pirates in this 1957 illustration for the excellent Walt Disney's Magazine series.
Jacques Wellington Rupp was yet another humongous talent in animation who really should be better known and appreciated today. I fell head-over-heels for his whimsical style many years ago when I first encountered his illustrations in the (essential) 1956 book Our Friend the Atom.
As a layout artist for animated film and TV, Rupp's credits include more than a few of my favorite things, like Walt Disney's Magic Highway U.S.A., and Ward Kimball's Man in Space television series. Most notably he designed the iconic opening title sequence for the Wonderful World of Color and The Wonderful World of Disney with Tinker Bell splashing sparkly magic over Disneyland's castle.
But for a single modest project in 1955, the man deserves nothing less than Disney Legend status: designing and hand-lettering the Park's original gothic logo.
During his long career Rupp contributed to other studios, as well, drawing Mr. Magoo, the Pink Panther, Superman, and more. He later moved to Washington to design graphics for the Seattle Times, and created the famous masthead adorning the top of the newspaper's front page.