Thursday, 26 March 2009

Black Bob with the missing panel!

UPDATE due to comments on this post The Dandy 7th June 1952 with Jack's drawing on the first page.

The Dandy 27th Feb 1960.

The Dandy 19th May 1979. Look at panel 5!!!
Its a real treat finding this...lovely brick work and how small and helpless the master Glenn looks.

As you can see there is a new panel in the reprint of 1979. Showing the master down the well. This version also has different text..more simpler than the 1960's. Also it is shown over the top of the drawing..which is a shame has some of the drawing is obscured.

Black Bob was first shown in The Weekly News before it was printed in The Dandy. A panel was taken out as the newspaper was larger than the Dandy...the panel missing didn't spoil the story.

I hope one day D.C Thomson will produce a complete Black Bob book from the original Weekly New all complete.
Jack Prout art deserves it.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Ian Knox drawing wonderful monsters in Monster Fun 1975

I missed this one on the website I did on Ian Knox...and what a cracker it is..

Ian is great at drawing different kinds of monsters..

Saturday, 21 March 2009

The Great Paddy Brennan

Incidentally this double-page spread from the 1969 Dandy Annual makes extensive use of one of Brennan's most recognizable trademarks whereby his characters' arms and legs are made to look three-dimensional with a black shadow running down the middle and lighter shading composed of parallel lines or cross-hatching along one side: if I'm ever unsure whether a strip is his work I always to look out for this distinctive technique.

- Phil Rushton

UPDATED for Raven..

He must of done loads of sketches out and about...he really got to know his subject matter...this is from 1970 7th Feb Dandy..

I love the different angles used in the strip..very clever...
the boy from Lilliput is from my Dandy comic August 19th 1972.

Isn't the talking ball just great..
love the fact the ball smashed up the cart and the dramatic final panel of a chase..
Lew another childhood object which is a bit menacing...
the pattern on the ball is great with lots of blacks..
also great use of angles...each picture different..the truck is shown in many different ways..a good feeling of speed..
I love it..
from October 1973 Dandy..

Beano book 1953.

Slave monkeys obviously they have not seen planet of the apes!!!

Paddy also drew General Jumbo..Jack Flash..Bird Boy for The Beano..
for The Topper he drew the Whizzers of Ozz..
His adventure stories are up there with Dudley D Watkins..

Friday, 20 March 2009

Buytonic boy ..has you've never seen him...

Hi, love the blog - a great bit of nostalgia! My great uncle (God rest his soul) worked for a printers which printed Fleetway comics; every couple of months he would give my grandad a stack of comics to give to me and my childhood was filled with British kids humour.

I wondered if you could help me in tracing the origins of a particular strip starring "The 12 1/2p Buytonic Boy". It appeared, I think, in one of the Krazy annuals (1982?) and featured crazy eye-catching artwork (very different from the character's regular artists, the fantastic Robert Nixon & Brian Walker). The strip was possibly drawn Ian Knox, I remember the style being alot how you have described his work..."exaggerated human and animal figures...bodies, legs and faces...all out of proportion in funny ways".

Any help you can give in locating this story will be greatly appricated - thanks for your time, Dean.

Found in the Krazy annual 1982 and its not a ghosting of Robert Nixon style at all..
Quite a zany style and like the many spys with dark glasses scattered about...even a spy bird..

Russell can ghost an artist see my other post...

Friday, 13 March 2009

The Power comics 1960's title panels

A nice fun one...don't know if this one was different every week...I don't have many Power comics due to the expense and not from that era.

Mike Higgs drew different title panels with the characters who are in this weeks story.

Nice misty sets up the tone of the strip.

Leo Baxendale did some very busy mastheads...fab stuff...teachers smoke making the letters was funny..and the great fights in The Swots and the Blots.

Wacker had a different panel each week..

Lovely title panels...great lettering as it creeps arounds

Ken Reid did some wonderful title panels..the Frankie one with the eyeball is creepy..and the Nervs crawling all over him and drilling his nose!!

See some Dandy adventure pages uploaded by me at comicsuk forum...

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Late 50's and 1960's Beano fun logo mastheads

I like this one a lot by Leo..:)

Leo Baxendale has of course done some very good logos..mastheads..

A nice logo by Dudley D. Watkins. Has some echos to the new Lord Snooty the Third logo by Nigel P.

Jim Petrie did some great logos different every week as well..sometimes the logo blended into the background of the picture.

A lovely fat horse..

Davy Law did some nice logos changing every week...this is when the logo showed a bit of the story.

Ron Spencer has done some super Little Plum logos.

David Sutherland has done some wonderful Bash Street logos and still drawing a different one today. The king of logos!!

Always liked the spinning top logo...

The Three Bears had some very memorable logos..maybe its because it made you hungry...drawn with relish by Bob McGrath.

What is fun about logo mastheads is it gives the artist a chance to be
Maybe Todays Beano can bring back some mastheads fun...Ball Boy...Minnie the Minx..for example look a bit samey and could do with a change.
Lord Snooty the Third is good...Johnny Bean and of course Fred's Bed..
The Bash Street kids has the best logos in The Beano.