Sunday, 11 September 2016

Thunderbirds

BEM! Bug-eyed monster, yay! Some wonderful colour work by the late-great Frank Bellamy. From TV21 dated 2nd December 2067. Er, I mean 1967. Amazing to think that Gerry Anderson's creation is still entertaining kids with a new, updated version recently airing on British TV. You can still find FB's run on Thunderbirds out there in reprinted volumes of TV21 comics. If you can, try and find original copies of TV21 because the strip was printed larger than it is in the reprints. Your eyes will explode with delight (maybe).



Shark Lagoon

Ron Embleton illustrates a text story from the Daily Sketch-Modern Boy's Annual. Not sure of the year but I'm guessing from RM's style (more illustrative/overly-detailed) that it's early 1960s?



Saturday, 10 September 2016

A King Fled for Freedom

A lovely Gerry Embleton pen and ink illustration from Look and Learn, dated 3rd February 1973.




Ionicus

Two examples of the work of Ionicus (Joshua Armitage), published 34 years apart. The first is from 1954 and taken from A Century of Punch, published in 1956. I love the look on the guy's face sitting on the sofa. You can almost hear him thinking, "Hmmm...". The next page is from Spitting Image-The Giant Komic Book, published in 1988. Check out some more of his work here.






Saturday, 20 August 2016

Thin Lizzy

Kinda, sorta, comic art-related. I'm showing my age but I really miss LPs. You'd get a really cool cover with a big bit of art. If you're lucky, it's a gate-fold with something on the inside too? Maybe a lyric sheet or a poster or stickers? And even something unique on the record's label as well? I wasn't really a Lizzy fan when they were popular, but I remember the TV ads and seeing the posters in shops for the Adventures of Thin Lizzy compilation. The art below is provided by Martin Asbury. I pilfered these images from here:



I think the artist who's most remembered for his relationship with Thin Lizzy is Jim Fitzpatrick. In the following series of images you can see the comic influence in his work. I can see some nods to Jack Kirby, or maybe early Barry Smith? Also, some Phillipe Druillet?






Back in the day, a mate of mine had the Chinatown dragon painted on the back of his leather jacket, which looked pretty cool. He did it with Airfix model paints. Being enamel, the paint cracked over time but it gave the image an antiqued look which worked too.




The final image: an unused album cover. You can't get more comic-y than that can you?

Monday, 8 August 2016

Neverwhere

Not exactly 'British Comic Art' but it's comic-related innit? It's basically an excuse to display the work of Chris Riddell. I hadn't quite twigged that Neverwhere was a TV show first, and then a novel. It's also been presented on the stage and more recently a version was made for radio by the BBC. Check out The Guardian feature on CR's illustrations for the re-release of the novel.

Art By Glenn Fabry.


The Cursed Earth: Uncensored

So, apparently this has already sold-out (Joe, you sell-out, you!). But, there's a paperback version coming out, so get saving those shekels/creds. Cover by Brian Bolland.


Ah, what the hell, some Mick McMahon art too: