Monday 18 February 2019

L'Art de Plongée - C'est cet Homme à Nouveau

It's that man again! I thought I'd collect my remaining images concerning scuba pioneer Jacques Cousteau. Let's dive right in... (sorry!)

We'll start of with two editions of Le Monde du Silence (The Silent World)...

Robert Conjat.

J.P. Ariel

This piece is by Italian illustrator and comic artist Sergio Toppi (1932-2012)

Next we have French and Spanish posters for Le Monde Sans Soleil (World Without Sun)

Artist Darigo also produced posters for clients such as SNCF, Loterie Nationale and Philips. (Click for lager image).

Variations on the artwork for the Spanish poster appeared in various territories.

Two commemorative stamps now. I think these speak for themselves.

This card was given away with Brooke Bond tea in 1973 and was part of the set Adventurers and Explorers.

This next piece is a warning against the dangers of alcohol. After a brief summary of Cousteau's career we're told that he remains sober and that alcohol is deadly to divers! A tad extreme perhaps but the Art of Diving does recommend against drinking and diving.

Finally, this Jughead cover doesn't actually feature Cousteau but I thought it was worth including here. Art by Stan Goldberg. (Click for larger image).

Thursday 14 February 2019

The Loved-Up Art of Diving

This time last year I assaulted your eyeballs with a selection of vintage American valentine cards and I'm sorry to say I've found some more! Only two this time so count yourselves lucky!

The second card fits nicely with our feature presentation - a romantic Archie story that appeared in Laugh in 1990. Long-time Art of Diving followers might remember a similar story with the same title that I featured back in 2015. At least writer George Gladir was recycling his own work! Pencils by Stan Goldberg and inks by Rudy Lapick who had also worked on the original Marcia story back in 1962. (Click for larger images).