Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The Archie of Diving - The Deep Six

Here's a complete six-page Archie story from 1959 to brighten your day. This story originally appeared in issue 135 of Pep Comics, the title in which Archie made his first appearance in 1942. The Deep Six was written by Frank Doyle and pencilled by Harry Lucey with inks and lettering by Terry Szenics. (Click for larger images).

Harry Lucey (1913-1984) graduated from Pratt University in 1935. He worked in a studio with original Archie artist Bob Montana and they both worked for the publisher MLJ. He worked on characters such as The Hangman and Madam Satan.

After serving in the army he spent several years in advertising before returning to MLJ which was now called Archie Comics. He drew some adventure and romance titles, including the detective Sam Hill, but primarily worked on the teen humour books. He was the main artist on the flagship Archie comic from the late fifties until the mid-seventies. He also drew many house ads for the company.

Like Samm Schwartz he had his own distinct style rather than following the Dan DeCarlo house style and he was a master of body language and physical comedy. Artist Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame has named him as an influence. In the late sixties he developed an allergy to graphite and reportedly wore gloves while drawing. In 1976 he abruptly retired after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and died of cancer in 1984.

Fun trivia time: Lucey's sister-in-law Betty had briefly dated Bob Montana and was the inspiration for the character of Betty Cooper.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Look and Learn with the Art of Diving

In 1971 the educational children's magazine Look and Learn ran a four-part feature called Exploring the Underwater World. Here are all four parts. I'm afraid the artist(s) went uncredited. (Click for larger images).

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The Familiar Art of Diving - Dan DeCarlo

I mentioned Dan DeCarlo in my last blog and realised it's far too long since I featured some of his work. Here's a 1973 cover that was then redrawn in 1983. This recycling of gags was common practice at Archie Comics. (Click on Everything's Archie for a larger image).

Friday, 17 August 2018

The Mad Art of Diving - Dave Berg

Artist Dave Berg (1920-2002) began his long association with Mad magazine in 1957. This look at skin diving is from 1959 (Click for larger images):

1961 saw the start of his most famous creation, "The Lighter Side of...", which he wrote and drew for the next forty years. The feature was retired following his death but a final set of jokes he had written were published as a tribute, illustrated by 18 other artists. The gags below come from "The Lighter Side of Water Sports" published in 1964.

Although mostly associated with Mad, Berg had worked for many other publishers in his early career, including time spent in Will Eisner's studio and working with Stan Lee at Timely Comics. Additionally, like Art of Diving favourite Dan DeCarlo, he was also known for his pin-up cartoons in the Humorama range of magazines.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Art of Wall Diving - More Fire Extinguishers

Way back in 2015 I posted some pictures of artwork based around wall-mounted fire extinguishers. Arriving at Jakarta Airport yesterday I was delighted to find three more examples which I'll share here:

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Familiar Art of Diving

This illustration by A. Fedin from the Golden Treasury of Knowledge (1960) was also used on a French magazine cover as shown in an earlier blog entry. (Click for larger image).

I recently discovered that it was later copied by another artist and, slightly modified, used on the cover of what I believe is a stamp album. The artist has also thrown in the good old SP-350 "Denise" aka Cousteau's "Diving Saucer".

Monday, 6 August 2018

The Timely Art of Diving

Work has been keeping me very busy lately so I haven't had a chance to work on the blog. Today I finally had some time on my hands(!) so here's a quick look at a couple of watch advertisements.

For some reason, Universal-Genève decided not to show the actual watch in this ad! The artist obviously had some knowledge of dive gear as he's drawn the exhaust bubbles coming from the right place.

This Aquamax ad features a typically happy cartoon diver but the artist doesn't seem quite as knowledgeable about how scuba equipment actually works!

And here's a display stand for the Timex Skindiver watch which features a nice piece of artwork. Unfortunately I couldn't find a bigger picture of it.