Wednesday 21 May 2014

The Art of Diving

What better place to start than the image that inspired me to create this blog in the first place.

Valiant was a boys' adventure comic published by Fleetway (later IPC) that ran from 1962 until 1976. "Is It True?" was one of a long line of features that appeared on the front cover. Artist Mike Western provided the artwork for hundreds of these covers, including the one featured here. His long career saw him illustrating No Hiding Place and Biggles for TV Express before working on various strips in Buster including The Shrinker, The Frozen Summer and Dome of Doom (all later reprinted in Valiant). In Valiant he drew The Wild Wonders from 1964 - 1974 before moving to Battle where his work included Darkie's Mob, The Sarge and HMS Nightshade. He also drew Billy's Boot's in football weekly Scorcher (and later in Roy of the Rovers) and the Roy of the Rovers daily strip in the Daily Star. He died in 2008 aged 83.

Oh, for those wondering, the story is true and happened to diving pioneer Hans Hass.


  1. Added you to my blog list at my blog...look forward to more...lets dive in to your comic gems...

  2. Thanks Peter, I've reciprocated.


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