Sunday, August 21, 2016

Drawings of Sgt. Howard J. Brodie, 1944 B-17 during the Battle of Guadalcanal

this last one is in a C47 transport

Sgt Brodie (1915-2010) was an amazing artist who after winning a drawing contest sponsored by The San Francisco Examiner, was sent by the newspaper to study at the California School of Fine Arts in preparation for a job as a staff artist.

When World War II started, Howard Brodie was a sports artist for The San Francisco Chronicle.

With entry of the United States into World War II, Brodie enlisted in the Army.

He became one of Yank magazine's best-known artists during the war. He sketched everything from Guadalcanal to the Battle of the Bulge and had an uncanny ability to capture the emotions of his subjects and record a scene with great attention to detail. ( You may recall I posted about Sgt Ralph Stein, who was also featured in Yank magazine)

“I once wrote that Howard Brodie was the ultimate journalist. I still believe that.”  Walter Cronkite 

 He put himself in combat situations many times and, while he never carried a weapon, he worked as a medic when needed. He received the Bronze Star for valor

After the war Brodie became a courtroom artist and recorded many famous trials, including those of the Chicago Seven, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst, the Ruby trial, and Sirhan Sirhan, and Senate Civil Rights Debates. He was also a CBS TV Artist-Correspondent.

In 1964 he was drawing the people in the Senate during the civil rights sessions, in the 70s he was drawing in the Supreme Court

He was commissioned to the draw on the movie locations when he worked with Gregory Peck in Pork Chop Hill, John Wayne in The Green Berets, and Francis Ford Coppola in Apocalypse Now. Most recently, film director Terrence Malick sought out Brodie for his visual knowledge of combat for The Thin Red Line.

Many of Mr. Brodie’s combat drawings were collected in “Howard Brodie: War Drawings” (1963) and “Drawing Fire: A Combat Artist at War” (1996).

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