Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The Humorous Art of Diving - A Mixed Bag of Boltinoff

Here's a final selection of Henry Boltinoff's short strips. (Click for larger images).

Freddie the Frogman appeared in issue three of Showcase from 1956 which featured, appropriately enough, "The Frogmen!"

The rest of this selection all appeared in early issues of Aquaman in 1962/3 although Lucky was a reprint having previously appeared in a 1957 issue of Superboy.

I don't know if this Shorty is supposed to be the same one who featured in the previous Boltinoff selection.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

The Return of S.N.O.R.K.E.L (At last!)

Back in March/April 2017 I presented a comic strip called S.N.O.R.K.E.L. from the pages of TV21. I promised to bring you more of Johnny Webb's adventures but for some reason this never happened. Well, better late than never I hope.

It turns out that, after the 15-week opening adventure, the strip was on borrowed time and only ran for another four weeks. I think economic reasons were behind the demise of S.N.O.R.K.E.L. and it was replaced by an imported (and presumably cheaper) strip  -  The Blue Angels (original title Buck Danny).

Apologies for anyone who's been on tenterhooks for the last two-and-a-half years but your wait is finally over - here's Johnnie! (Click for larger images).

As it turns out, this wasn't quite the end for Johnny (or Johnnie depending on which issue you read!) and a text story appeared in the 1972 TV21 Annual. It only had two illustrations and only one of those featured any underwater action. It also made the back cover of the annual with a copy of Alan Willow's cover to issue 39, complete with dodgy looking sharks!

Die-hard S.N.O.R.K.E.L. fans can read the text story here.

Friday, 4 October 2019

The Handheld Art of Diving

Back in 1983 divers could while away their surface intervals with this state of the art game from Casio!

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Three of a Kind - More Morane

Following a post from 2016, here are three more titles featuring French adventurer Bob Morane. (Click for larger images).

The Emerald Eye

Do I need to translate this one?!

The Sunken Galley

And here's a bonus second over for The Sunken Galley.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Once Upon a Dive

A mixture of fairy tales, children's stories and educational features, Once Upon A Time proudly proclaimed on the cover of its first issue that it was "the loveliest paper in the world!" Published by City Magazines from 1969 - 1972, the magazine boasted full-colour throughout its 163 issues and featured some beautiful work by artists such as Ron Embleton, Don Lawrence, Phil Mendoza and Jesús Blasco to name but a few.

The first two pieces featured here are by Andrew Howat. The originals are currently for sale at the Illustration Art Gallery: School of Sharks and Sea Turtle and Diver. They also have a brief biography of Howat. (Click for larger images).

The Art of Diving would just like to stress that it does not condone touching marine life!

I'm not sure who the artist is on this next piece. The Art of Diving would also like to stress that it does not condone the collecting of coral!

This final piece was one of three items grouped together under the heading Well, Fancy That!

The statue of Christ featured in an earlier Art of Diving post back in 2014.

Monday, 9 September 2019

The Humorous Art of Diving - Yak Yak

Jack Davis wrote and drew two issues of Yak Yak for Dell's long-running anthology title Four Color. Subtitled A Pathology of Humor, the issues in question were numbers 1186 and 1348, published in 1961 and 1962 respectively. This look at skin diving appeared in the second issue. (Click for larger images).

Monday, 2 September 2019

The Freezing Art of Diving.

The July 1966 issue of  Popular Mechanics carried a feature on a group of scientists recording the sounds made by the Weddell seals of Antarctica. If you'd like to read the article you can find it here.

Artwork by Howard Shafer. (Click for larger images).