Nice ! Yes I tend to agree, the art is a little too serious in the current iterations.
True that there was a lot of potentially sexist art that helped sell the game to the predominantly teenage male audience of the day, but looking back now I still like it and some of it is even campy. Now of course, there are more female gamers than before so they probably had to tone that stuff down, which is unfortunate I think.
Thanks for the link. I quickly looked it over and found a link to the oldest copy of Dragon magazine that I own, which is this one:
A true gem of a best-of issue, since there are great articles in there ... some of which were penned by the Great Gygax himself
Speaking of cartoons, remember SnarfQuest and Wormy ?