In one of his best-loved prints, "Monkey Business," Weidman sketched a little girl looking at a petite primate.
Weidman's three children appeared in his prints, as did family pets such as the hound named Willy Bark, who got its name, the artist says, "because we never knew if he would or not."
Commercial art historian Amid Amidi, author of "Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation," says Weidman's biggest success was transferring the whimsical sensibility of his animation work and fine art training into powerful designs for silk-screening.
"Weidman represents a bygone era in commercial art when you had to have actual skill to be an illustrator," he says, explaining Weidman's appeal to a younger generation. "In his time, it wasn't enough to simply know how to push a few buttons."
The renewed interest in Weidman's work has yet to reap a financial windfall, says his daughter, Lenna, who maintains a website, http://www.weidmansart.com, where her father's prints are sold. An August show is planned for the Vintage Collective in Long Beach. A line of stationery may be forthcoming too. It's a lot of work, Lenna Weidman says, "but finally there are people who understand that his work is not just authentic to the period but are graphic statements."
On a recent afternoon at their home, her parents complete each other's sentences with the banter of a screwball comedy team. They turn their attention to the Urban Outfitters pillows.
"It's peculiar to me," Dorothy says of her husband's sudden popularity. "I'm just not used to it."
Weidman says he never dwelled on rejection and instead focused on the future. Now he can smile with satisfaction about the present.
"I am pleased," he says. "I can't say I am not." Hhis work has stood the test of time — "and that's the true test of a work of art."