Monday 28 November 2016

The Art of Packaging

I think this entry speaks for itself. Thanks to Chris for the first two pictures (Click for larger images).

Thursday 24 November 2016

Three of a Kind - The Illuminated Art of Diving

Who's becoming desperate in their attempts to link pieces of artwork together?!

The first piece is by William George and was used to illustrate a story called The Dark Dive in a 1957 issue of Argosy. Click for larger image).

The second piece is also from Argosy, this time a 1962 edition. The artist is Lou Feck. (With thanks to the Today's Inspiration Facebook group).

I've featured this 1961 Fury cover before but I've since found a bigger scan so here it is again. Artist unknown.

The Weekly Art of Diving - Typhoon Tracy and the Atlantis Expedition Part 1

Typhoon Tracy, Trouble Shooter  was the star of the short-lived boys' comic Hurricane, which ran for 63 issues in 1964-65. His adventures continued for several more years after Hurricane merged with the long-running Tiger.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to present a complete adventure with a diving theme. The artwork is by Geoff Campion (1916-1997) a mainstay of the Amalgamated Press/Fleetway/IPC for three decades. His working life began as a tax inspector but while serving in the East India Command during WWII he became a cartoonist for the forces' magazine Jambo.   After the war he joined the AP and worked on humour strips and as a fill-in artist. Asked to draw cowboy strips he pointed out that he couldn't draw horses. "Bloody well learn then!" was the response! His work appeared in many titles including The Comet, Sun, Knock-Out, Lion, Valiant and Battle. Characters he worked on included Buffalo Bill, Billy the Kid, Dick Turpin, Battler Britton, Captain Condor, The Spellbinder and D-Day Dawson. He also produced paintings for books such as The Enchanted World of Giants and Ogres and The Enchanted World of Gnomes, (Thanks to David and Phil on the Comics UK forum for identifying Campion's work).

To get the story rolling I'm going to start with the first two instalments (click for larger images).

Come back next week for more exciting adventures!

Sunday 6 November 2016

The Archie of Diving - Joke Book Magazine

Archie's Joke Book Magazine was one of several Archie titles that featured short gags - usually a single or half page - rather than the normal stories. Here a three examples based around diving. The first one is drawn by Dan DeCarlo but I'm not sure who drew the others (possibly Bob Bolling).

Issue 92, 1965.

Issue 102, 1966.

Issue 130, 1968.