Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Soppy Art of Diving

Warning! It's a sugary overload in this post as we look at a collection of valentine cards. Venture beyond this point at your own risk!

I'm assuming this first example was for students to give to their teachers. Not something that would be encouraged today!

Friday, 19 January 2018

The Art of Snorkelling (Again)

Just a quick handful of snorkel based images.

This Valiant cover is by Mike Western (Click for larger image).

It didn't cost a lot to go snorkelling in1963!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The A-maze-ing Art of Diving

I've neglected this blog terribly in the last few months but I'll try and rectify that soon. In the meantime, here's something from the folks at Archie Comics to keep you occupied!

(Click for a larger image).

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Spooky Art of Diving

The Art of Diving is back for Halloween! Here's a few spooky offerings for your enjoyment.

The first example is from a 1976 issue of Wizardand features some early work from British comics great Dave Gibbons (b1949). The self-taught artist began work as a surveyor but then started working for IPC as a letterer. He also did some work on the Marvel UK reprints, anglicising the spellings where necessary. His art appeared in various D.C. Thomson titles and in 1977 he was one of the original artists on IPC's 2000AD where his work included Dan Dare, Harlem Heroes, Ro-Busters and Rogue Trooper. In 1979 he moved to Marvel's Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly, depicting the adventures of the fourth and fifth Doctors.

In 1982 Gibbons began working for DC, drawing the monthly Green Lantern series. A variety of other work followed until 1986 when he began working with writer Alan Moore on the acclaimed 12-part series Watchmen. He later worked with Frank Miller on a number of works featuring Martha Washington and began writing stories for other artists to illustrate. In 2004 he wrote and drew the graphic novel The Originals and in 2012 worked with Mark Millar on a mini-series called The Secret Service which was adapted into the film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

I hope you enjoy this early example of his work (click for larger images).

1976. Painting by George Wilson.

In this 1974 film, treasure hunters find a sunken Spanish galleon in the Phillipines. Unfortunately for them, the wreck is guarded by the ancient spirit of a Moro princess.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Archie of Diving

Here's another selection from various Archie comics. I don't know who the drew the first example but the rest are by Dan DeCarlo. (Click for larger images).




Thursday, 14 September 2017

What Would You Do?!

Boys' World was a weekly magazine published by Longacre Press (Odhams) in the style of the Eagle, containing a mixture of comic strips and features. It ran for 89 issues in 1963/4 before merging into Eagle which had been acquired by Odhams.

What Would You Do? was the regular cover feature and here are three examples with underwater dilemmas. The solutions are at the bottom of this post. Unfortunately I don't have any artist details.(Click for larger images).

Let's see if your solutions match those of the editors:

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Live and Let Dive

In 1958 the Daily Express began publishing a long-running daily strip featuring James Bond. In its early years the strip adapted the Bond novels in order and so Live and Let Die was the second story, appearing from December 1958 until the end of March the following year.

The story features a scuba-diving sequence which I'm presenting here. (Click for larger images).

The strip's illustrator for the first seven and a half years was John McLusky (1923-2006), an artist for Bomber Command during the war. The paper stopped publishing the Bond strip from February 1962 until June 1964 due to a dispute with Ian Fleming. During this period McLusky drew The Beast of Loch Craggon for Eagle. In 1966 he quit the strip and drew Secret Agent 13 for Fleetway's June. He later worked for Look and Learn and spent 15 years working for TV Comic where he drew Orlando and the humour strips Laurel and Hardy and The Pink Panther.

In addition to his work in comics, McLusky worked as a supply teacher, a puppeteer on Bournemouth Pier(!) and, with his wife, ran a theatre company called The Elizabethans.

As a bonus, here's look at three examples of his original art for Live and Let Die.