(Topic ID: 190693)

Pointy People Pin Ponderings - Homage to Marche and Kelley


By Pecos

2 years ago



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  • 27 posts
  • 14 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Mardi-Gras-Man
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“Do you like or dislike Pointy People themed pinball machines?”

  • I like Pointy People! 12 votes
    86%
  • I couldn't care less. 1 vote
    7%
  • I dislike Pointy People. 1 vote
    7%

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#1 2 years ago

My first and favorite pinball, OXO, had Pointy People all over it. There were Pointy People on the backglass. There were Pointy People on the playfield. They couldn't be avoided! They were everywhere! I've always liked OXO's Pointy People artwork. It seemed to glow in neon pink, green and blue colors. As I got more into pinball, I realized that there were a lot of Pointy People Pins out there. And then I learned that it was Christian Marche who was known for his Pointy People artwork.

Pointy People art seems to generate strong feelings in the eye of the beholder. Some people love it. Some people hate it. If art is supposed to generate feelings then Christian Marche is successful at generating that. He created Pointy People art in the late 1960s and early 1970s and his Pointy People artwork has become iconic of this period of EM pinball machines. I like the pure joy shown my the man on the backglass of OXO jumping for joy when collecting three 'Os.' Such exuberance is contagious!

Christian Marche is THE Pointy People artist. I wondered if there were others. And then, when researching the topic, I discovered that Bally Capersville has Pointy People and the art was done by Jerry Kelly. And that wasn't the only Pointy People art I found from Jerry Kelly.

IPDB shows Jerry Kelley as artist on 16 pinball machines. Christian Marche is credited for an astounding 149 pins per IPDB, but not all of those are Pointy People Pins.

Do you love or hate Pointy People art? All viewpoints are welcome. If you dislike the art, beware! Pointy People grow on you!

Would you like to see a Pointy People Pin today or should they remain iconic relics of the baby boomers youth, never to be seen again?

I have these three Pointy People Pins:

Williams Strike Zone 1970:

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Bally Double-Up 1970:

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Williams OXO 1973:

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I would like to say that OXO was the 'Pointiest' of the Pointy People Pins but I would have to give that honor to Williams A-Go-Go 1966 and that art was done by Jerry Kelley.

Please discuss and post your Pointy People Pins here!

#2 2 years ago

Like them or not, Marche's and Kelley's pointy people appeared on some of the best playing EM games from the 60s. One of the most beloved games in my collection is Pit Stop. I just got an A Go Go up and running too, and when it is all lit up the artwork is stunning.

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#3 2 years ago

You left out the ultimate pointy-people pin - WMS GULFSTREAM - I'm with ya man, love me some pointy-people art, always have... probably because Williams pins in the early 70s were flooding the area where I began my pinball playing pastime.

BTW, I think Jerry started prior to Christian if I'm not mistaken... if you ever decide to part ways with your double up, Id be interested in it.

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#5 2 years ago

Nice points!

#6 2 years ago

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#7 2 years ago

One of my favorite backglasses done by Christian Marche isn't all that pointy at all.

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#8 2 years ago

I think my first pointy people was my Zip-A-Doo (sorry I don't have a pic off hand).

I get it home and the girlfriend has 2 things to say...."I like the colors" ... "what's with the people drawn all weird".

She obviously isn't the pointy fan of the house. Lol.

#9 2 years ago

My Marche art machine isn't pointy, just got creepy perv dudes.

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#10 2 years ago
Quoted from Travish:

My Marche art machine isn't pointy, just got creepy perv dudes.

What the....why does it look like that dude is trying to cover HIS chest? Lol

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#12 2 years ago

Pointy people rock!

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(Not mine, but I wish it was!)

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

What the....why does it look like that dude is trying to cover HIS chest? Lol

Third nipple maybe?

#14 2 years ago
Quoted from Travish:

My Marche art machine isn't pointy, just got creepy perv dudes.

Then again, the girl next to "GIN" might be the perv...what exactly is her hand holding?

#15 2 years ago

Pointy guy on Boomerang

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#16 2 years ago

Hi-Score Pool art by Christian Marche. I really love where the pool player with the blue/white shirt seems to be looking.

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#17 2 years ago
Quoted from schudel5:

Hi-Score Pool art by Christian Marche. I really love where the pool player with the blue/white shirt seems to be looking.

I seem to remember Travish posting a "similar picture" rather recently

Out of respect to him, I won't point out which pic I was thinking of

#18 2 years ago

Expressway has pointy people and one of them even has arrows for his pupils.

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#19 2 years ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

I seem to remember Travish posting a "similar picture" rather recently
Out of respect to him, I won't point out which pic I was thinking of

I think I remember that one.

There was one more (let's close this thread down)but it got pulled. At least I didn't get my hand slapped.

#20 2 years ago
Quoted from embryonjohn:

[Pic of Old Chicago plastic of pointy lady in a champagne glass]

I knew that was going to happen on a Pointy People thread! It was inevitable. Ha ha! But I was thinking that it would be a pic of the backglass of Old Chicago. I have Old Chicago so I guess that would be my fourth Pointy People Pin.

Thanks everyone for the pics!

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#21 1 year ago

Another Pointy People Pin has made its way into Pecos' Palatial Pinball Parlour. Nice art package on this. No Pointy People on the backglass. They are right in your face on the lower playfield.

Sadly, this one won't be staying long. It is spoken for.

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This is my most thorough restoration to date.

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http://pecospinball.com/klondike_restoration.shtml

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#22 1 year ago

I had some conversation with Jerry K Kelley in 2000 shortly before he died. He called his style 'the contemporary artwork' and he did lots of different stuff for the whole amusement industry, one of his first big hits was a new slot-machine-cabinet for Bally which was an immense success.
Then he designed shuffle-alleys and cabinet-artwork for Williams-games like Jumpin' Jack's. The sharp-edged W-Logo for Williams in 1962 was also his idea.

The first pinball featuring the new contemporary artwork was Pot-o-Gold in 1965 and then came A-Go-Go which was a massive hit selling over 5,000 units which was very huge at the time (remember that Pinball was forbidden in most parts of the USA then) and after that he designed Beat Time for Williams.
After this he was asked to work for Bally and this is the point when Christian Marche takes over.

His first pinball-design ever was Shangri-La (already in 1965) and he was asked by Williams to copy the style of JKK.
His first pointy-people-artwork was Jolly Roger in 1966.
Christian Marche was a frenchman who came to the USA in 1964, and he also brought another frenchman, Louis Raynaud, into the industry.

As far as I could 'read between the lines' from JKK's words he did not like it to be copied, there was -for example- a time when it was widely believed that JKK did Mariner (which was impossible because he left the industry in 1969) and he told me (in 2000 when the internet still was young) to make everyone I know clear that he did not make Mariner, which he considered being a bad design.

Christian Marche instead seemed to have big respect for JKK because when you look at 1974's CHAMP you will spot Kelley-designs over and over. Maybe this was Christian Marche's 'tip to the hat' regarding JKK because in the same year Christian Marche did Star Pool, the last pointy-pinball-artwork ever.
In late 1978 he left the industry and the USA because his family in France wanted him to return.

Me personally I hate it how Christian Marche is treated by a lot of Pinsiders. People who bash him have no idea that he was exactly the right man at the right time. Plus he was very good friends with Gottlieb-Man Gordon Morison who also left the industry in 1979. They shared the same office and went along great. Sometimes I think it's the same way like Roger Moore gets bashed by modern-day-James Bond-Fans. They can't understand that it was a totally different (and I think much much better) time back then. And both Christian Marche and Roger Moore were perfect.

#23 1 year ago

There is no official statement regarding this point, maybe someone should ask Dave Christensen himself.

So I ask all of YOU Pointy-People-Fans, what do YOU think?

Look at this never produced Bally prototype with a copyright from 1980.
It's well known that Christian Marche was very much liked by pretty everyone in the industry - and it is my honest opinion that Dave Christensen did this as a farewell-greeting to Christian Marche, depicting him on this backglass - compare the 2 pictures please (the photo of Christian Marche is from the book PINBALL ART)

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#24 1 year ago
Quoted from Mardi-Gras-Man:

There is no official statement regarding this point, maybe someone should ask Dave Christensen himself.
So I ask all of YOU Pointy-People-Fans, what do YOU think?
Look at this never produced Bally prototype with a copyright from 1980.
It's well known that Christian Marche was very much liked by pretty everyone in the industry - and it is my honest opinion that Dave Christensen did this as a farewell-greeting to Christian Marche, depicting him on this backglass - compare the 2 pictures please (the photo of Christian Marche is from the book PINBALL ART)

#25 1 year ago
Quoted from Mardi-Gras-Man:

and he also brought another frenchman, Louis Raynaud, into the industry.

What do you know about Mr. Raynaud?
What backglass art is he responsible for?

#26 1 year ago
Quoted from Mardi-Gras-Man:

So I ask all of YOU Pointy-People-Fans, what do YOU think?

Look at this never produced Bally prototype with a copyright from 1980.
It's well known that Christian Marche was very much liked by pretty everyone in the industry - and it is my honest opinion that Dave Christensen did this as a farewell-greeting to Christian Marche, depicting him on this backglass - compare the 2 pictures please (the photo of Christian Marche is from the book PINBALL ART)

It looks like Christian Marche to me. And the backglass is a French theme with a French woman, Ooh La la! , wearing the blue/white/red colors of the French flag.

Thanks Mardi-Gras-Man for posting that information. I didn't know until I started this thread and did some research that Christian Marche was following in the footsteps of Jerry Kelley. I always thought OXO to be the 'best' example of Pointy People art, but A-Go-Go is just as deserving of that honor.

#27 1 year ago

Every now and then some paintings from Christian Marche appear in art-auctions.
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