Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Unexpected Art of Diving

A comic strip about a moth isn't somewhere I'd have expected to find a scuba-diving story but I recently found this example in the 1966 TV Comic Holiday Special. Mighty Moth was written and drawn by Dick Millington (1933-2015) who had a long career as a writer, artist and editor. Despite not being based on a TV programme, Mighty Moth was TV Comic's longest-running strip, appearing from 1959 until the final issue in 1984. In recent years Millington was best known for his Daily Mail strip I Don't Believe It.

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Frozen Art of Diving

The UK and parts of Europe have been frozen this week so I thought now was a good time to share this Beano cover with you.

I thought Biffo's nose snorkel, as previously featured in The Art of Snorkelling,  had been invented in 1970 by David Sutherland but here it is in 1965, drawn by the strip's original artist the great Dudley D. Watkins (Click for a larger image).

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!

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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).