Sunday, 11 July 2021
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Author and playwright Willard Manus is probably best known for his 1966 novel Mott the Hoople. Record producer Guy Stevens read the book while in prison for a drugs offence and later persuaded a newly-signed band to adopt the book's title as their name.
A few years earlier, Manus had written a pair of what would now be called "Young Adult" novels featuring the adventures of skin-diver Bill Bryan. Sea Treasure was published in 1961 and was illustrated by Lee J. Ames.
The Mystery of the Flooded Mine followed in 1964, with illustrations by James Dwyer.
Lee Judah Ames (1921-2011) worked as an advertising artist, fine artist, cartoonist, designer, animation in-betweener, illustrator, and as an artist-in residence at Doubleday. He's best known for his Draw 50... series of instructional books (Draw 50 Dogs, Draw 50 People, Draw 50 Boats etc.)
I haven't been able to find out much about James Dwyer (1898-?) but he appears to have had an extensive career working in book and magazine illustration.
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Just a quick one today. I wasn't expecting to post any new Modesty Blaise material but the latest issue of Sweden's Agent X9 features the story Dossier on Pluto and comes with this lovely cover artwork.
Rip Kirby also seems to be getting in on the underwater action. I've previously featured one of his stories on the blog and look out for another one coming soon.
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Following on from this 2014 post, here's another selection of octopus encounters with the occasional squid thrown in at no extra charge!
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
Welcome back Archie fans!
Writer Dick Malmgren was clearly ignorant about Moray Eels. Not only are they not electric, I've never seen a bright red one either! Of course, so-called "Electric Eels" aren't actually eels at all but are in fact a type of Knifefish. I'm not sure how our bad guy, in his lovely stealth yellow wetsuit managed to capture and transport the specimen in the story without getting a shock himself!
Monday, 7 June 2021
Although most 20th century Archie comics were humorous in nature, they did publish some titles where the gang had adventures and even grappled with moral issues. One of these titles was Archie at Riverdale High which was published for 113 issues from 1972 - 1986. This story appeared in issue 101 which was on sale in December 1985. It has subsequently been reprinted in various Archie digest magazines.
(Click for larger images).
Thursday, 3 June 2021
Here's another feature from the educational title World of Wonder. If anyone recognises the artist's signature on the interior piece please let me know. (Click for larger images).
Sunday, 30 May 2021
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Diving Adventure was the 11th book featuring Hal and Roger Hunt and was published in 1970.
This was the cover to the UK first edition hardback:
I believe this was a library edition:
This was the first paperback cover although there was a previous version which used a different typeface:
And finally we have the 1985 edition:
Saturday, 22 May 2021
Amongst its varied output in the late 60s/early 70s, Charlton Comics had a little niche pretty much to themselves; racing cars, hot-rods and motorbikes featured in various titles such as Grand Prix, World of Wheels and Drag n' Wheels. Surf n' Wheels had two features - motorcycle racers The White Angels and The Surf Kings. In issue six, published in July 1970, the Surf Kings ventured beneath the surface.
The cover is by White Angels artist Jack Keller.
Whether or not the Surf Kings continued diving is a mystery as this proved to be the final issue.
"Tony Williams" (also Tony Williamson and Tony Williamsune) was a pseudonym used by penciller Bill Fraccio (1920-2005) and inker Tony Tallarico (b.1933). In addition to Charlton they also worked together for Warren Publishing. Both left comics during the 1970s; Fraccio moved into advertising and teaching while Tallarico began illustrating children's books.