There were different versions of The Mods- and of "Big Eye" art in general(namely by the artist Keane,) all of it is usually seen as "kitsch" which really means "I know this is tacky, but I like it in an ironic, hipster way." Not me, I really like like The Mods. The version I am in love with is by the artist "Lee," not sure of the first name, but that is what is signed on the artwork. They were mainly printed on puzzles for Milton Bradley and the exact year was 1967 from what I have found as far as trademarks go.
The Mods had these still faces that were looking directly toward you, but their bodies were often grooving out to tunes
|Here is the puzzle box- you can get these on ebay and etsy|
Here is another Lee drawing- it it so fantastic! And so groovy!
Girl on the phone?! How cute! (I have that phone in pink and I love it)
|A groovy boy rocking out!|
A groovy couple rocking out- loving the outfits and accessories
Girl on guitar..
Here are the paper dolls they came out with- I would say this was 66 or 67
Inside the box
I love that the clothes are shaped to the "dancing" bodies
Here are some other little thingies on Etsy
Okay, I couldn't get a clearer pic of these, but they were paintings and I am not certain they were by Lee- This is where the confusion comes in with different versions. They look very similar, but something is off- their mouths aren't slightly opened like the Lee ones, which all have the same parted lips.
No parted lips...but still cute
And some more- these were a little more crude, although still cute.
Here they are up close...
I knew there was something I liked about this Pete Hawley stuff, and it was the fact that he did the artwork for many of the valentines I received in the 80's, like the one below. If I find more, I will put them up!