Though he is best known for creating Torchy in the 1940s, Ward's strongest work was produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s with a Conte crayon, which allowed him to produce unparalleled textures. Ward drew extremely well-endowed women accentuated by tiny waists, playing to the multiple fetishes adorned in gloves, lingerie and heels. Editor Alex Chun has culled the best of Ward's Conte crayon pin-ups, including many of his infamous telephone girls, many of which have not seen print in almost half a century.
Alex Chun is a longtime journalist living in Los Angeles. A former staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, he is currently a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times where he covers pop-culture. He also edits a series of art books for Fantagraphics. In his spare time, he collects original cartoon pin-up art and maintains the website www.pinupcartoongallery.com. His books include The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo (two volumes), The Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel, The Pin-up Art of Bill Ward, The Glamor Girls of Don Flowers, The Glamour Girls of Bill Ward, Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole, and The Pin-Up Art of Humorama.