Mobil Ads by Ward Kimball

Mobil Ad by Ward Kimball

For nearly thirty years, animation legend Ward Kimball contributed a cartoon page called “Asinine Alley” to the bi-monthly magazine Horseless Carriage Gazette, which was a specialized magazine geared towards collectors of vintage automobiles. For a few issues, he also created ads for Mobil, and someone on Ward’s very active Facebook page has been posting them on-line.

I read an interview with Ward once in which he described how Walt Disney became angry when he saw these ads displayed at a studio show, and told Ward that he couldn’t do them anymore. Ward said he was never paid for the ads and was making them as a favor to the magazine, but nevertheless, he stopped. The last one was created in 1960.

Like the cartoons he created for the Gazette, the ads are created in a diverse range of styles from cartoon drawings to collage paste-ups to photography. A gallery of Ward’s Mobil ads can be seen after the jump:

Mobil Ad by Ward Kimball

Mobil Ad by Ward Kimball

Mobil Ad by Ward Kimball

Mobil Ad by Ward Kimball

Mobil Ad by Ward Kimball


  • jordan reichek

    Does Ward’s coolness ever end???

  • http://www.coveringthemouse.com Kurtis Findlay

    These are fantastic!

  • Alex Printz

    I’ve been fascinated as a new one or two have been popping up very day for the last week or so. Such great work!

  • Chris Sobieniak

    A lost art. All fantastic.

  • Sat

    Wonderful. And thanks for the link to Ward Kimball’s facebook page, it’s great to see so much activity around a legend!

  • http://milesthompson.net Miles

    thanks for sharing – bitchen dude – of course, Ward!

  • http://robertkohr.com Robert Kohr

    “Ward said he was never paid for the ads and was making them as a favor to the magazine, but nevertheless, he stopped. The last one was created in 1960.”

    This Disney guy seems like a jerk.

  • http://MrFun'sBlog Floyd Norman

    In a strange kind of way, Ward irritated Walt, and I saw him being chewed out by the boss on more than one occasion.

    Having said that, I think Walt Disney had great respect for Kimball, and truly admired the talented guy. Hell, he was the only Disney artist Walt called a genius.