Friday 24 July 2015

The Smarter-than-average Art of Diving

Courtesy of the excellent Mark Kausler's CatBlog, here's a Yogi Bear Sunday page from 18th of February 1962. This is probably the work of Gene Hazelton and/or Harvey Eisenberg although the strip was credited to Hanna and Barbera. This is the full version of the strip but notice how the story still works without the first three panels. A lot of papers would have only printed the bottom two tiers to save space (click for larger image).


Saturday 18 July 2015

The Edible Art of Diving.

Crumbs! Here's something a little different - some scuba themed cakes.

This marvellous example was recently presented to the staff at Wraysbury dive centre by one of their students.


This one is by Home May'de Cakes

Cake Central


Pink Cake Box


Friday 17 July 2015

Two of a Kind - Nick Carter, Killmaster!

Nick Carter, Killmaster appeared in more than 250 books published from 1964-1990. Carter, Agent N3 of AXE, was based on a pulp detective character of the same name. The name also served as a pseudonym for the various ghost-writers who wrote the books.

Number 44, first published 1969. Artist unknown.

Number 55, first published 1970, art by Gray Morrow. (Thanks to Chris for the scan - click for larger version).       

Gray Morrow (1934-2001) had a long career in comics, newspaper strips and books but is probably best known for his magazine work for the likes of Warren, Marvel and Heavy Metal.

Friday 10 July 2015

Two of a Kind - Bas Banning and the Spanish Galleon

Work has been really hectic so I haven't had a chance to update the blog as much as I'd like. Here's a quick Two of a Kind featuring two editions of Bas Banning and the Spanish Galleon. Dutch schoolboy Bas, an aspiring journalist, originally appeared in 12 novels published between 1956 and 1962. Billed as the "Exciting adventures of an ordinary boy", this was the fifth in the series. A. Van Aadernburg was the pseudonym of publisher and author Herman Pijfers.

The first cover is a hardback from 1957. The book contained illustrations by J Giling but I don't know if he was responsible for this cover with a rather scared-looking shark!

 This 1973 paperback edition has a cover by Herson.

As a bonus, here's one of Herson's interior illustrations.

As an additional bonus, here's a cover from an omnibus edition that also contained The Car Smugglers and The Tour de France.