London Scuba Blogs
The Art of Diving makes a one-off return with a mix of random images, just like the good old days!
This first striking image is by Ken Kelly, best known to a legion of heavy metal fans for his cover to the classic album Rainbow Rising.
As Voit were an American firm this fin box features a diver with the obligatory spear-gun.
Art of Diving favourite Dan DeCarlo drew this pin-up for a 1963 "Betty and Veronica Summer Fun."
Here's a selection of packaging artwork for Action Man.
The eponymous star of Buster comic started life billed as the son of Andy Capp but this idea was soon dropped.
This Bart Simpson picture is from a jigsaw puzzle. Although it's signed by creator Matt Groening I would imagine it was drawn by a ghost artist.
Sea Devils co-creator Russ Heath drew this cover for Our Fighting Forces in 1959.
Francis Durbridge's crime novelist and amateur detective Paul Temple first appeared in the 1938 BBC radio series Send for Paul Temple. He went on to feature in books, on film and in a BBC TV series starring Francis Matthews. Temple's journalist wife Louise was nick-named "Steve" after her pen-name, Steve Trent. A comic strip ran in the Evening News from 1951 - 1971. This example, which sees Paul and Steve trapped in an underwater igloo by the villainous Schultz, was drawn by New Zealander John McNamara.
Here's a final selection of covers from Dell's The Frogmen and DC's Sea Devils.
Two of the following are by Vic Prezio, not sure about the middle one.
The following Sea Devils covers are by Howard Purcell except for the last one, the final issue of the series, which is by Murphy Anderson. After the simpler approach of the first couple, Jack Adler returns to add the same washes and tones that he used on the earlier Russ Heath covers. The cover to number 30 is a classic example of DC's mid-sixties obsession with giant gorillas.
We interrupt the "Best of the Rest" series to bring you this example of money-saving from Fleetway/IPC. In the early days of Buster comic, one long-running adventure strip featured the exploits of ghost-hunter Maxwell Hawke who, with his plucky assistant Jill Adair, would foil various Scooby-Doo style fake ghosts. In 1968, Valiant began running a Sexton Blake strip based on the TV series starring Laurence Payne. It was a pretty safe bet that few Valiant readers would have been reading Buster 5-6 years earlier so instead of commissioning new stories, they simply recycled the old Maxwell Hawke scripts as you can see below.
1962, art by Eric Bradbury.
1969, art by Eric Dadswell.
A final selection of postage stamps.
1977. Hmmmm, not sure what the designer was thinking when they decided to use the "Shatter" font. The diver in the top stamp looks startled at the sudden appearance of the Queen's head floating in the water!
2011. I'm sure you all know that Mayotte is a French-owned archipelago located in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique, but I didn't so I thought I'd mention it just in case.