Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Serial Art of Diving

Ooops! Sorry about the typo in the title -  that should read, The Cereal Art of Diving!

I think these are fairly self-explanatory. I believe the Corn Flakes cover dates from the mid-fifties. The Shreddies ad is from a '60s British comic (Click for a larger inage).

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Mad Art of Diving

Today I'm bringing you a couple of items from the long-running satirical magazine Mad.

The first piece is from 1966 (Click for larger images).

Bob Clarke (1926-2013) was a contributor to Mad for over 40 years. As well as strips such as this one he also produced many front and back covers for the magazine as well as a number of paperback covers. One magazine cover had him modelling a pair of boxer shorts that he'd made featuring cover star Alfred E. Neuman. From 1987-93 he regularly drew Spy vs Spy following the retirement of Antonio Proihas.

He also contributed to Mad's Believe it or Nuts, a spoof of Ripley's Believe it or Not. It was on the Ripley's comic strip that he'd begun his career aged 17. He then joined the army and worked on Stars and Stripes magazine, continuing as a civilian, before joining an advertising agency. He joined Mad after the original editor and two of the main artists (one of whom was Jack Davis) left the magazine. Of the 600+ contributions that he made to Mad, the one featured here was apparently his favourite.

This back cover comes from a 1973 issue.

Artist Jack Davis has featured in The Art of Diving before and you can see that entry by clicking on the tag at the bottom of this post. Writer Sergio Aragones is also an artist and one of his regular contributions was the Marginals, small cartoons that appeared throughout the magazine. You can see an example on the second page of the guide to scuba diving strip above.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Menacing Art of Diving

I'd like to give a shout out to Erkan, one of my diving chums, for his continued encouragement and kind words. Hope you enjoy this one mate!

Dennis the Menace first appeared in the issue of The Beano dated 17th March 1951. A different character bearing the same name first appeared in US newspapers on March 12th but, due to the way comics were dated a week ahead, it seems likely that the British Dennis actually appeared first. It's definitely an amazing coincidence that both versions were created at the same time.

This first page is taken from the 1966 Dennis the Menace book. Art by Davey Law. (Click for a larger image.)

This next example is from the 1974 book but also seems to be Law's work so must be a reprint as he died in 1971. The use of reprints was common in the early Dennis books. (The strip reads across both pages, click for a larger image.)

David "Davey" Law (1908-1971) studied at Edinburgh College of Art before initially working for Odhams Press. He joined D.C. Thomson in the 1930s, drawing cartoons for the company's  newspapers. His other famous creations were Corporal Clott in The Dandy and Beryl the Peril in The Topper. Dennis's popularity grew over the years with his first bi-annual book appearing in 1956 (they were eventually published annually from the late 80s). He appeared next to the Beano logo in the late 50s (replacing original cover star Big Eggo) knocked Jonah off the colour back page in 1962 before eventually replacing Biffo the Bear on the front cover in 1974.

Friday, 13 January 2017


Not the 1956 adventure movie but this half-page feature from an early edition of The Beezer did appear the same year. I think the artist is Bill Holroyd who was drawing a strip called The Voyage of the Bushwhacker at the time. Art of Diving regulars will be familiar with his work on Dive with the Dolphins from The Topper. (Click for a larger image).

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Three of a Kind - Queer Creatures

No divers in today's post, just some examples of the way marine life was presented to comic readers in the 1950s (Click for larger images).

The first example is from The Topper (1959).

This next piece featured in an early issue of Eagle from 1951.

And this final example is from a 1956 edition of Express Weekly.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Three of a Kind - Il Tesoro Summerso (Underwater!)

In the last Art of Diving we looked at some posters for the Jane Russell movie Underwater! Here's three more from the Italian release of the film.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The Art of Diving Goes to the Movies - Underwater!

Today we're looking at two posters from the 1955 Jane Russell film, Underwater! I believe the first example is by Ren Wicks so it's quite likely the second one is also his work.

Here's a picture of the impressive display for the film at a New York cinema.