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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.
A final selection of book covers.
The cover to Underwater Adventure was also used for a polish book, Dangerous Marine Animals.
1969. Not sure if these two are having a ruck or what....
1971. This fella seems to have missed the big ol' wreck sitting there....
1980. That looks like a pretty big pond! Author Ron Roy has been writing children's mysteries since 1978, with several long-running series to his name.