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).

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

L'Art de Plongée - La Spirotechnique

When Jacques Cousteau and Émile Gagnan developed the modern demand-valve regulator in the 1940s, Gagnan was an employee of Air Liquide, a French company that specialised in compressed gas. In 1943 Air Liquide made the first two prototypes which were used by Cousteau and Frédéric Dumas to make the film Épaves (Shipwrecks). In 1946 Air Liquide formed La Spirotechnique, a new division dedicated to the mass production of the new equipment. Their first model, the CG45, was marketed using the name Aqua-Lung in English speaking countries. In America they used the name U.S. Divers Company. Subsequently the company adopted the name Aqua Lung International with the U.S. division known as Aqua Lung America.

The pages below are from a 1978 La Spirotechnique Pro Department catalogue. I particularly like the simple, bold cover illustration.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The Humorous Art of Diving - More Homer

Here's another selection of Henry Boltinoff's Homer strips plus a couple of other characters.

These first two examples were both on sale in November 1960. The first appeared in an issue of Superboy while the second was in the anthology/try-out series Showcase which was in the middle of a run of aquatic features. The previous three issues had introduced the Sea Devils while this issue (#30) began a four-issue run featuring Aquaman. (Click for larger images.)

Before we get onto more Homer, the same issue of Showcase featured another character called Shorty. You might notice that the art style is slightly different and in fact this strip was originally published in 1956 (in My Greatest Adventure).

They seemed to like characters whose names began with "S" as the next issue of Showcase featured two skin divers called Slim and Soapy.

Into March 1961 and Homer was back in the next issue.

From this point on Homer mainly appeared in Aquaman (see the earlier post) but he also popped up in an issue of World's Finest in December 1962 where his blond hair had turned ginger.

Sadly I don't have any more Homer strips to bring you (he did make some other appearances but they didn't feature diving) but I do have more Boltinoff. Look out for a future post featuring a different Shorty, Lucky, Freddie, Stan and Ollie (no not that Stan & Ollie!)