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.












Monday, 9 July 2018

Beware the Art of Diving!

This striking cover is from 1957. I've dived quite a few wrecks over the years without ever being attacked by a Moray Eel so I'm going to answer the question posed on the cover with "sport".

This piece is signed "Steel" but I have no more information so if anyone knows anything about the artist please let me know. (Click for a larger image).





Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The Simple Art of Diving

I've posted some glorious colourful artwork on this blog but sometimes a more muted approach can be equally effective. I love this Fortune cover by Victor Beals from 1934 with the simple shades of green creating a striking, atmospheric piece.

Victor Beals (1895-1975) was born in Wuhu, China and was best known for his work in travel advertising. His clients included Cunard, Italian Line and American Express.



Sunday, 24 June 2018

The Comrades' Art of Diving - Techniques of Underwater Sports

I was searching on eBay and came across a listing for a 1969 Russian book about diving. The listing contained the following information:

"This is a book by P.P. Serebrenitsky. "Technics of Underwater Sports" in Russian with illustrations and hardcover. The book was published in 1969 in Leningrad, USSR. Size is 130 x 170 mm (5.1" x 6.7") and 463 pages. The book include many illustrations. Circulation is only 35 000!

About the technique of underwater sport. The description of the device and operation of sports underwater equipment and equipment is given. Provides information on the technique of diving and photography, underwater filming and underwater hunting. The basic laws of physics and physiology on which the person's stay under water is based are briefly reviewed, information on possible specific diseases, prevention, first aid and safety precautions is given, and data on techniques and techniques for training swimming on water and under water are given."






This illustration seems to show a rather elaborate device for underwater navigation.




At first glance I thought this page showed rescue techniques but now I'm thinking it's showing in-water combat!





Sunday, 17 June 2018

Three of a Kind - Sharks' Treasure

Eccentric charter skipper Jim Carnahan and his team of hard-luck dreamers battle sharks, bandits and their own greed to recover sunken treasure off the coast of Honduras. (Chris Stone, IMDB)

Actor Cornel Wilde began his acting career in 1935 and twenty years later formed his own production company. He produced, directed and starred in a number of his own films over the next fifteen years. In the early '70s he took a break from the cinema, taking a couple of TV roles, before returning in 1975 with Shark's Treasure which was made to capitalize on the success of Jaws. Wilde wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film as well as writing the theme song, Money, Money, which was sung by Ken "Postman Pat" Barrie. He might have done the catering too for all I know!

This American one-sheet poster is signed "Koslow". I'm guessing this is Howard Koslow (1924 - 2016) who is probably best known for painting various series of stamps for the United States Postal Service. There was also another one-sheet with a photo from the film but this one is much nicer (Click for larger image).



Here's an Italian poster (artist unknown). The title translates as Between Tiger Sharks and Desperados.




Finally, here's the artwork used on the home video release (artist unknown).



Monday, 21 May 2018

The Violent Art of Diving

IPC's Action was one of a new breed of boys' comics launched in the latter half of the 1970s. It was widely criticised for its violent content and one issue was famously withdrawn and pulped by IPC leading to a two-month absence from the newsagents' shelves.

Hook Jaw, the strip which took pride of place in the colour centre pages, was designed to cash-in on the success of the film Jaws. Not unusually scuba divers sometimes fell victim to the eponymous shark as can be seen in this page from issue one (Art by Ramon Sola. Click for larger image).



The writer had a rather shaky grasp of diving physics and physiology. The diver seen shooting to the surface literally explodes when he gets there and another character proclaims that this was due to nitrogen narcosis!

The following pages come from the final issue to be published before the ban hit. As you can see, Hook Jaw is still up to his old tricks.  (Art by Felix Carrion).





Finally, we'll take a look at a page from the issue that was pulped and the edited version that appeared when the publication resumed.








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.

Click for a larger image.




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!

(Click for a larger image).