Jill Lepore, 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman', 2014:
S. J. Joshi (श्री. ज. जोशी), 'Vangmay Shobha' (वाङ्मय शोभा), October-November 1963:
[Notice a reference to Dalal edited magazine "Deepawali" (दीपावली ) in the above]
"… प्रथम म्हणजे मुखपृष्ठावरील दलालांचे चित्र मला आवडले नाही. ते मुद्दामच घुम्या रंगात काढलेले Tour de force चित्र आहे की कांय कुणास ठाऊक. पण काश्मीरमधील एखाद्या जुन्या वाड्याच्या भिंतीवर काढलेल्या चित्राप्रमाणे हे मलिन वाटते. जेथे हिरवा निळा रंग आहे तोही रंगाच्या वाट्या धुतल्याप्रमाणे वाटतो. मग Yellow Ochre सारखा मुळातच गद्य रंग पाहायलाच नको… हे असे का? नाहीतर दलालांची चित्रे रेखेचे सौष्ठव व रंगाचे तारुण्य यामुळे कशी प्रसन्न वाटतात…"
(जी.एं ची निवडक पत्रे खंड 2, 1998, संपादकीया निवेदन, पृष्ठ 11)
I have said many things about Dalal on this blog and on the Facebook page I have created (2179 LIKES as of today).
In the very first post on Dalal, on June 3 2011, I quoted Vasant Sarwate's (वसंत सरवटे) essay that argued that Dalal wanted to focus more on classical art but did not quite accomplish it....
I don't know what to make of that argument today but I feel Dalal as a visual artist is popular next only to perhaps Raja Ravi Varma among Marathi speaking people. Although not every one knows that it's drawn by Dalal, his picture of Shivaji's court must be as popular as Mr. Varma's painting of goddess Lakshmi!
This is Dalal's achievement: he was truly PEOPLE'S ARTIST. If he had focused on the art only for selling, he could have made millions more but instead chose to reach more and more people. And while doing it never compromised on the quality of his drawings....something like Raj Kapoor's cinema from 1950's.
I am invoking the name of Mr. Kapoor deliberately because both of them captured women's sexuality in a beautiful manner. Mr. Kapoor became vulgar occasionally after his parting with the late Ms. Nargis in the late 1950's but no one could accuse Dalal of that.
I am thumbing through a book called 'Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Volume 1', 2011 by Tim Pilcher.
courtesy: the current copyright holders
Artist: Dinanath Dalal, cover of Marathi magazine "Deepawali" (दीपावली), April 1970
....this picture can be named "राणीला गरज राजाची" (Rani needs Raja), a la "Jill needs Jack"!