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Two years later, the company went bankrupt and Asteriti found himself in Milan without any work. Not wishing to return to Venice in defeat, Asteriti hawked his portfolio around various publishers. His interest in comics had developed as a child and, whilst still in Venice, he had known Giorgio Trevisan and Leone Frollo, the latter a Venetian contemporary who introduced him to Giorgio Bellavitis, and other members of the Asso di Picche group, Faustinelli, Ongaro and Pratt.
In he joined the group of talented newcomers who began working for Caregaro's Edizioni Alpe around that era. Asteriti created the character Bingo Bongo , the comic adventures of a young black boy, for the weekly Cucciolo. His work also continued to appear in Italy. In the early s he also drew Hayawatha for Corriere dei Piccoli in collaboration with Antonio Lupatelli. In , Asteriti produced Pippo e la vacanza culturale , his first strip for the Italian Disney magazine Topolino. Over the next decade he contributed to Disney Italia with increasing regularity and quickly became recognised as one of the leading contributors, both as an artist and, since , a scriptwriter a task he occasionally shared with his older brother, Franco , and eventually dropped his other work in order to concentrate on Disney characters full time, especially Mickey Mouse.
Asteriti has described Mickey as "the best friend of my childhood", a character with whom he grew up. He was awarded Il Premio Papersera in Sergio Asteriti art. Michel Atkinson Something of a mystery man with regards to cover artwork. There were some fairly substantial gaps during which time he was probably doing book covers. Although fairly prolific, it is likely that 'Michel' as he signed most of his book covers found more regular work outside of producing book covers for paperbacks and for Fleetway Publications from the mids onwards.
Michel Atkinson art. In the former category, he famously inked the work of Jack Kirby when Kirby was at his peak in the s and s, including early episodes of The Fantastic Four; as a penciller he is best known for his work on Sgt. He was raised in Poultney, near Lake Cayuga, and later said that growing up on his uncle's farm contributed to his ability to draw horses. Ayers published his first comic strip in the military newspaper Radio Post in After leaving the army, he took an adventure story he had written and drawn to Dell Comics; they planned to publish it but the project was scrapped before publication.
In , he was taking evening classes at Burne Hogarth's Cartoonists and Illustrators School in New York City where he met Superman co-creator Joe Shuster, who would drop in to visit classes, and Marvin Stein, who was teaching classes as well as being Shuster's chief assistant. Visiting Shuster's nearby studio, Ayers began producing occasional pencils for Funnyman.
Whenever trouble loomed, the spineless Calico proved to be a master gunfighter. After five episodes, he revealed an even deeper secret: he was in truth Federal Marshal Rex Fury. Dressed in a phosphorescent costume and riding a white stallion named Spectre, he becomes The Ghost Rider. He also added stories featuring Bobby Benson's B-Bar-B Riders, based on the boy cowboy of the popular radio series, to his schedule in At the same time, he began working for Atlas Comics the forerunner to today's Marvel Comics , drawing horror stories and a revival of The Human Torch.
Ayers was so busy, he employed Ernie Bache as an assistant and set up a small studio in the kitchen of an apartment owned by his wife's employer. So we were down and we had, mostly, just Charlton. We didn't quite make it. I lettered first and then I would pencil, and then I'd ink the outlines and then I'd give it to Ernie. Ernie would erase the page laughs and then he would finish it. He would put on all the blacks and the Kraft-Tone and bring in all that stuff. So we made a good team. I didn't bother throwing in heavy blacks. I would start them, maybe, but then he would accentuate the lines I'd put in, make them a little stronger.
And he was very meticulous in his approach. I mean, everything had to be a certain formula so that we could knock out four pages a day, so he was a good asset for me. Horror and crime stories disappeared almost overnight and, after stories, The Ghost Rider also fell victim to the sweeping industry changes.
Ayers' attempt at a superhero, The Avenger , lasted only one issue it was continued by Bob Powell and a Ghost Rider replacement, The Presto Kid a cowboy magician who debuted in Red Mask 51 , lasted only a few episodes. Inking was a means to an end.
Ayers "only inked to survive in comic books and support my family, which included my wife, 4 children and mother-in-law. Fury with issue 8, beginning an almost unbroken decade-long run on the comic that was to last until issue The team of Friedrich, Ayers and inker John Severin turned the book into a recognisable classic; the Howling Commandos and their cigar-chomping leader, Nick Fury, battled around the world in a series of gritty, strongly moralistic stories which were often as negative about war as they were celebrations.
Initially, Ayers had wanted to come off the title: "I didn't like Kirby's pencilling of Sgt Fury and asked off after the 3rd issue. I got a shoulder holster and. There'd always be a script for me every time I delivered my pencils," Ayers recalled. I was asked to pencil tight leaving the blacks and tones for the inker.
Ayers' early work was rediscovered in and reprinted by AC Comics, although due to Marvel's copyright on a different character named Ghost Rider, the original had to became Haunted Horseman. Discovering the reprints, Ayers agreed to draw some new episodes. In the new millennium, Ayers has continued to draw occasionally, contributing pin-ups and a number of short stories to benefit and tribute comics Actor Comics Presents, , The 3-Minute Sketchbook, ; The Uncanny Dave Cockrum , Ayers' son, Rich, has also drawn comics.
Chris Bachalo born August 23, Chris Bachalo is an American comic book illustrator known for his quirky, cartoon-like style. Beginning in April, Chris illustrated his creator-owned series Steampunk. Bachalo was born in Canada but was raised in Southern California. He has told interviewers that, as a child, he wanted to be a carpenter until he discovered he was allergic to dust. He attended the California State University at Long Beach, where he majored in graphic art and illustrated a few underground comics. After graduation, Bachalo sought work in the mainstream comic book industry.
His first published assignment was The Sandman 12 Jan. Although before working on that issue, DC had already hired him as the regular artist for Shade, the Changing Man, an older property revived as an adult-oriented series by writer Peter Milligan. His early s style is minimalist with strong, thick lines, quirky characters and little concern for realism.
Bachalo did not shy away from detailed landscapes but showed a rare penchant for pages with many small panels. Based on the success and fanfare from X-Men Unlimited 1, in , Bachalo ended his stint on Shade and began working for Marvel Comics. He then illustrated the first three issues of Ghost Rider , one of in a line of series reinventing popular Marvel characters in the year He also drew a cover for Runaways. The group Lobdell and Bachalo created, Generation X, was purposely bizarre and idiosyncratic because the two wanted to avoid the recent trend in superhero teams, where each team member represented a recognizable stock character.
Bachalo illustrated the series through much of its first three years, taking a break in late and early to illustrate the second Death miniseries, Death: The Time of Your Life. Heavily influenced by Joe Madureira, Bachalo's characters became more cartoony and manga-like, with large eyes, heads and hands. He gravitated towards extremes in anatomy, drawing characters that were previously portrayed as bulky, short, or thin as even more so.
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In , Bachalo launched Steampunk, a comic book series inspired by the genre of fiction of the same name, which emulates early science fiction and in an alternate version of the early s. The series was criticized for Bachalo's overly detailed pencils, small panels and muddy dark coloring, which sometimes made it difficult to discern what was happening. Similarly, Joe Kelly's writing was not as straightforward as a mass audience typically preferred.
Contrarily, the book's supporters praised it for those same reasons, as well as for the sheer imagination of the characters and story. The series, intended to be 25 issues, ended prematurely after the second story arc in issue In an attempt to humanize Steve Rogers, the pair managed to split fans opinions fairly resoundingly with both leaving the title - Morales 10 issues short of his intended contract for the series.
He was often filled-in for by artist Humberto Ramos, however. Bachalo has also pencilled and coloured a number of cards for the Vs. These have been renditions of both Marvel and DC characters. On top of his continuing work for Marvel, Bachalo finished issue 7 of Comicraft's Elephantmen, an issue 4 years in the making. The issue was done entirely in double-page spreads and marks his reunion with Steampunk writer Joe Kelly.
Bachalo has also been one of the four artists who was originally part of the Spider-Man Relaunch. Antonio Fabela is a regular colorist of Bachalo's work. Source: Wikipedia. Geoffrey William Backhouse 16 November - 1 August ; b. Holywell, Flintshire, Wales In , Backhouse began drawing Strongheart the Magnificent for Comic Life , the comic strip adventures of a magnificent German Shepherd modelled on a canine Hollywood film star.
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Strongheart, one of the earliest adventure strips to regularly appear in British comics, continued his adventures when Comic Life was relaunched as My Favourite and would continue to appear, drawn by a number of different artists, until After the war, Backhouse illustrated a number of books for Collins, including Mr. Backhouse subsequently contributed many wildlife illustrations to Look and Learn and Treasure , appearing in the former from onwards. Some of his most notable contributions were for a series of short animal stories written by F.
Mars, Alan C. Jenkins and F. Turnbull that appeared in He died in Tollington Park, London N4, in Backhouse art. Jim Baikie Baikie began his career illustrating Valentine for Fleetway. Over the next twenty years, he built a solid reputation working for TV comics such as Look-in, including adaptations of The Monkees and Star Trek , all scripted by Angus P. Baikie also worked extensively in girls' comics such as Jinty. In the s, he drew The Twilight World in Warrior.
In Britain, he is probably best known for collaborating with Alan Moore on Skizz , a reworking of the film E. Baikie has also worked extensively in the United States, on superhero strips such as Batman and The Spectre. A new collaboration with Alan Moore also appeared in the guise of the First American.
Jim Baikie art. There followed various careers in photography, journalism and television. The latter was shooting television commercials on film and hosting a children's television show. He then entered the field of aviation art, and became known worldwide in the genre for creating oil paintings of military action and having the veterans sign lithographs made from them. Movie producer George Lucas came across Robert's aviation art website and asked him to work on Star Wars.
Lucas was sufficiently impressed by Robert's work to purchase originals for his private collection. Robert has gone on to create similar work for sale at comic conventions. His favourite characters are C3PO and Yoda, although he recreates the full spectrum of Star Wars characters in pencil. He is now retired from oil painting but finds that pencil is more fluid and scenes can be created far faster this way. The number of fans at Comic-Cons who purchase Robert's original movie creations has increased in leaps and bounds over the past four years, and he loves to meet all of the fans who attend.
Besides being a licensed Star Wars and Disney artist, Robert is now also licensed for Marvel characters, after having been approached by the Marvel licensor. Characters are mostly The Avengers and Spider Man. Stan Lee, creator of Spider Man, says that Robert is his favourite artist. Source: Robert Bailey.
Bill Baker Bill Baker is something of a mystery artist. Although it is possible to track his work through various comics over a twenty-year period, very little is known about the artist himself. He first appears with one-off stories in Top Spot , followed by a brief serial, New Rider at Clearwater , and illustrations for Girl in Rider Haggard, Bill Baker art. James Bama born 28 April ; USA James Bama is an American artist whose work encompasses two major strands: his Western paintings and what can be described - but not dismissively - as pulp art.
To the collector, his name is inextricably linked with the adventures of Doc Savage and the paperback covers he illustrated during his time as a commercial artist. He then turned to fine art, which proved even more rewarding commercially and raised his status to Artist and earned him comparisons with Norman Rockwell and N.
James E. Bama was born in Manhattan on 28 April , the second son of Benjamin Bama, a Russian-born apron salesman, and his wife Selma, also the daughter of Russian immigrants. Army Air Corps' Eastern Flying Training Command unit in , where he worked as a mechanic and physical training instructor, as well as painting murals.
He became known especially for the 62 covers he painted for Bantam Books' reprints of Doc Savage pulp magazine stories. Clark Savage Jr had been the star of full-length adventures in the pages of Doc Savage Magazine , of them written by prolific pulpster Lester Dent. Bama gave Doc a buzz cut, replacing the kiss-curl of his pulp days, and beefed him up, using Steve Holland, a muscular fashion model who had starred in the Flash Gordon TV series in , as the basis for his vision of Doc Savage.
The books sold incredibly well and all stories were reprinted between and Although much of his early work was Western covers for the likes of Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey, Bama quickly expanded his cover art repertoire to include everything from contemporary novels, thrillers, romances and non-fiction. Lovelace and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Bama then changed tack after first visiting Wyoming in ; he and his wife, Lynn, a photographer whom he met in , moved permanently to Cody, Wyoming, in During this period he transited from illustration to making more personal works, often inspired by his new surroundings.
Much of his work was of contemporary Western and Native American subjects ; wildlife and mountain men feature against stunning Wyoming backdrops. Bama is inspired by real inhabitants of the state, visiting reservations and meeting trappers and cowboys; his prices rapidly escalated and, within three years, he was making far more than he had as an illustrator.
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He also sought inspiration in travel, to China, Mexico, Tibet and Turkey. His work is to be found in the collections of Clint Eastwood, Nicholas Cage and Malcolm Forbes as well as numerous galleries. Bama, who has lived in Wapati, Wyoming, since , remains a keen on physical training, regularly doing heavy exercise even in his eighties. He is a keen reader and movie viewer. Of Greek Cypriot descent, and speaking only Greek, he has said that it was the discovery of comics at the age of four that helped him learn English, although this form of education was not appreciated by some.
One English teacher was thoroughly frustrated that he was always reading comics and his collection - with TV21 being his comic of choice - was thrown out by his mother along with his Marvels and DCs!! This only led to him becoming more determined to create his own comics. In he co-founded the on-line comic Aces Weekly with David Lloyd. Edgar Henry Banger 27 February - ; Norwich, Norfolk, UK Edgar Henry Banger rhymes with 'danger' - or as he was known, Harry Banger - was born in Norwich, UK and was well known for his amazing cartoon illustrations from and most proficient through the s in which his colourful characters were included in comics such as Rattler, Dazzler, Rocket and Bouncer.
His artwork was also well recognised through Norfolk, being a regular cartoonist for the local papers such as The Eastern Daily Press, Evening News and the Norwich City Football club paper The Pink Un, in which a lot of his tongue in cheek cartoons were mostly Football based. He was famous for the characters Canary and Dumpling featuring debonair characters with a cartoon Canary or Dumpling head in the Norwich city Colours.
He did most of his work from home in his small studio room in the back of the terrace house that he lived in at Wood Street Norwich, with his wife Maud Banger, daughter Yvonne, and sons Ray and Neville. He died in at the age of Source: ukcomics. Severino Baraldi born , Italy Severino Baraldi was born on 10 December in Sermide, a small village 50 kilometres from Mantova in the Lombardy region of northern Italy.
As a boy, he entertained customers of the local barber by with his chalk drawings on the pavement. He worked as a carpenter, drawing cartoons for a local paper whose editor encouraged him to seek his fortune in the capital of the Lombardy region. Ulisse and Ciuffo Biono were praised by the reviewer for Radiotelevisione Italiana for their elegant illustrations, which helped to establish the name of the artist who often signed his work with the abbreviation Bar. At the same time, Baraldi was illustrating the story of Marco Polo and, for Milan publisher Casa Editirice, a variety of other books for children.
For seven years, Baraldi was also a prolific illustrator for the British magazine Look and Learn. More recently, Baraldi illustrated biographies of musicians Dvorak and Verdi for a publisher in Taiwan. In all, Baraldi has contributed to over books and produced 7, illustrations. The village of Sermide dedicated an exhibition to his work in June He continued to work for Famiglia Cristiana and Il Giornalino until retiring a few years ago.
Now he is content to be a family man, the father of three daughters and six grandchildren. Severino Baraldi art. Stefan Steven Barani Stefan Barany has proved to be a particularly elusive artist. Best known for his cover artwork for the Sexton Blake Library , he seems to have appeared almost nowhere else, although the cover art from a issue of Princess Picture Library has been offered by the Illustration Art Gallery.
Over the next few months he was the main Blake cover artist; a number of titles involved Barany combining images with other artists' work, including one image by Bruno Elettori, but primarily with Angel Badia Camps. His last cover was Lotus Leaves and Larceny, issue , April Stefan Barani art. To Barks goes the praise for creating many of the inhabitants of Duckburg, the supporting cast featured in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories for which Barks was drawing in the s.
Although he had a brother two years older , Barks described himself as a rather lonely child, his nearest neighbour being over half a mile away from his parents' farm. The local school had only eight or ten students although Barks later recalled that it offered a good education. In the family moved to Midland, Oregon, closer to the railroad, where they established a new stock-breeding farm. The immediate success of this venture meant that within three years the family were able to move to Santa Rosa, California, where William began cultivating vegetables and orchards.
Profits were slim and William's anxiety over their financial difficulties led to a nervous breakdown and the family returned to Merrill in In he moved to San Francisco, California, and found work with a small publishing firm. His early interest in drawing had been developed through a correspondence course, although Barks had only taken four lessons because he had so little free time.
Now in San Francisco and, in , married to Pearl Turner, he began selling drawings to newspapers. Despite returning to Merrill in with his growing family two daughters born in and , he continued to submit drawings and sold to Judge and the Calgery Eye-Opener. He and Pearl were divorced in and Barks met Clara Balken in Minneapolis and married her in He worked initially as an "inbetweener", drawing the movements of characters between key poses.
In , his success at submitting gags led to his transfer to the story department where he first worked on the Donald Duck cartoon Modern Inventions. Over the next few years he contributed to a number of Donald's cartoons, including the first appearance of Huey, Dewey and Louie in Donald's Nephews Barks suffered from sinus problems caused by the air conditioning in the Walt Disney art studio and left in Barks, did, however, establish himself with Dell's Walt Disney's Comics and Stories as both the author and artist of numerous stories.
Rockerduck and Magica De Spell During this time, Barks divorced his second wife and became acquainted with his third, Margaret Wynnfred Williams, known as Gare, who exhibited paintings locally. They married in Although Barks' work was published anonymously, his name became known to fans around He continued to draw strips until when he retired, although he was persuaded to script stories until the s.
He painted in oils and exhibited and sold at local art shows. In , he was granted permission by Disney's Publications Department to paint scenes from his various stories. When fans learned of this, Barks was inundated with requests and had to announce in that he was no longer taking commissions. Duck paintings by Barks began to attract large sums at auction and unauthorized prints led to Disney withdrawing permission from Barks. The ambitious Carl Barks Library was published in , the thirty volumes reprinting every Disney comic strip written or drawn by Barks.
Barks appeared at his first Disney convention in and, in , embarked on an country tour of Europe. A retrospective of Barks' work was first held in and was shown around ten cities, attracting over , visitors. In the s, Barks had moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, close to where he grew up. His wife died in March Barks survived a further seven years before he also died whilst undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia, on 25 August , aged Carl Barks art.
Ken Barr Ken Barr is famous for his many covers for Commando comics in the early s and for his many Marvel magazine covers in the s and s. He was also a prolific cartoon artist, his gags - populated by wide-eyed folk and often signed Lezz - appearing regularly from the mids in Punch, Private Eye, the Daily Sketch, Daily Mirror and the Spectator. The character he made his own from the late s was I-Spy, in a serial in Sparky about a special agent whose face was hidden but whose cloak concealed myriad gadgets, used in animated fashion.
Later, as IPC tried to re-energise the waning comic market with the irreverent Oink! A founder member of the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain in , with a then unknown Ronald Searle, he became treasurer for 20 years. He encouraged many young cartoonists to persevere in this most unsecure profession. Dad left school at 14 and was a dispatch rider with the Royal Corps of Signals as D-day neared.
A motorcycle accident led him to retrain as a draughtsman, and as a self-taught artist, he began submitting cartoons to publications in his spare time during a posting to Lagos, Nigeria. He worked as a war artist for the Sun during the Falklands conflict, thanks to a dearth of photos in the early stages. He worked well into his 80s, having diversified into greetings cards and revisiting his talent for caricature as an on-the-spot artist at corporate events.
He loved having an audience, once describing the best as "intelligent, well educated and a little drunk". He is survived by my mother, Dorothy, myself, and my siblings, Lisa, Peter and Samantha. Les Barton was born on 8 December in Wareham, Dorset. A self-taught artist, he started work at the age of fourteen as a telegraph clerk. His first published cartoon appeared in the Militant Miner in After the war Les Barton worked as a photographic retouching artist and commercial artist in advertising, and also drew strips for IPC and D.
Barton drew political cartoons and caricatures for The Statist in and , and during the Falkands War in he was staff war artist on the Sun. He died in Hayes, Middlesex, on 20 October Born in Essex in , and growing up in Leigh-on-Sea during the Second World War, he witnessed dogfights between British and German aircraft in the Essex skies and, even at the age of four, put pencil to paper to draw scenes of aerial combat. The Essex coastline was one of the expected invasion points in Hitler's planned attack on a Britain softened up by the Luftwaffe, and Batchelor's early years were spent surrounded by fascinating military hardware, from tanks to machine guns.
By the age of seven he could strip and reassemble a. He left home at 16, travelling for two years before performing his National Service with the R. Batchelor began drawing for the technical publications of Bristol Aircraft Co. One of his last jobs for Saunders-Roe was on the plans for a nuclear-powered version of the ultimately cancelled ten-engined Princess flying-boat. In the early s he turned freelance, contributing to Model Maker and Model Cars. Some of his earliest drawings were cutaways for the Eagle comic; in all he produced 44 episodes making him the joint fourth most prolific contributor.
His illustrations also appeared in Ranger and Tell Me Why. He also worked for the far more prestigious markets, including Time-Life Books, which led to his involvement in one of the most ambitious projects in publishing history: Purnell's History of the Second World War. Launched in under the overall editorship of Sir Basil Liddell-Hart, this massive partwork--for which Batchelor producing a total of 1, illustrations--had sold 10 million copies by To celebrate this momentous achievement, Batchelor was presented, by Douglas Bader, a solid silver model of a British Saladin armoured car from his grateful publisher.
He continued his association with Purnell as they launched History of the First World War and Encyclopedia of Modern Weapons and Warfare, which added to a total of almost 20 million copies sold. Many of the illustrations were reprinted in book form during the s the bibliography below is likely to be incomplete and has also illustrated a wide range of other books--and continues to do so. He has also drawn countless illustrations for the American magazine, Popular Science and has had his paintings exhibited around the world.
Since the mids, he has also produced artwork for postage stamps via the Crown Agency for 40 countries around the globe, including many for the British Commonwealth. In he launched his own company, Publishing Solutions, to reprint selections of his work. Source: Steve Holland John Batchelor art. Bateman was noted for his "The Man Who His father had left England for Australia in at the age of 21 to seek his fortune, then returned to England briefly in before going back with an English wife. Soon after Henry was born, his strong-willed mother insisted that they return to London 'and civilisation'.
He had one sister, Phyllis, three years younger. Henry was always drawing from an early age, consistently producing funny drawings that told stories. He was inspired by comics, and he had a keen critical eye, and was enthusiastically drawing at every available moment. At the age of fourteen he had already decided that he would draw for publication. In , the cartoonist Phil May, in response to a letter from Rose, showed interest in his drawings, and that year he was inspired by an exhibition of black-and-white art at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
His father had initially decided that his son should follow him into business, but eventually, after many arguments between him and Rose, his father financed his study at the Westminster School of Art which he commenced at the age of sixteen. He did well, but was bored by the lifeless "life" classes and after qualifying at Westminster transferred his study to the New Cross Art School now the Goldsmith Institute.
He also did some practical work at the studio Charles van Havenmaet. Bateman's first solo exhibition in was at the Brook Street Gallery, Mayfair. His first contract was in , for ten drawings and two illustrations in a fourpenny monthly magazine called The Royal. At the age of 17, his style was already that of a mature artist. Bateman greatly influenced the style of American cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman. Bateman was chosen by art instructor Percy V. Bradshaw as one of the artists to illustrate "The Art of the Illustrator", a celebrated collection of twenty portfolios demonstrating six stages of a single painting or drawing by twenty different artists and published in He married Brenda Collison Wier and they had two children, Diana and Monica, both of whom became artists.
They lived at Curridge, just north of Newbury, Berkshire. In later life, he carried on an increasingly acrimonious battle with the Inland Revenue. His final years were spent on the island of Gozo. A centenary celebration of his work was exhibited at Festival Hall on London's south bank in Source: Wikipedia H M Bateman art.
Terry Bave born ; UK One of the stalwarts of British humour strips, Terry Bave retired in to enjoy some well-earned rest after worked in comics for 40 years. Terence H. Bave was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, in Inspired by American films and comics, which Bave sought out at newsagents selling American newspapers, he began drawing at an early age. His general education was disrupted by family moves and being twice evacuated during World War II.
Bave estimated he attended eleven schools in as many years. It was here that he met Sheila Newton, who subsequently also worked at the Post Office bank. From filling the margins and covers of his exercise books to posting regular topical cartoons on the Post Office bank notice board, Bave decided to turn his artistic inclinations into a career. At the age of seventeen he joined the Colonial Survey Department as a trainee cartographer, drawing maps with the aid of aerial photography. With this success in specialist magazines, Bave sought out others and, by the late s, was also publishing regularly in Do-It-Yourself , TV Times , Fire!
By then, he had joined a firm of commercial map makers but was contemplating another move. A commission to draw a cartoon design for a dog ointment carton led to an offer of work as a packaging designer for Stable Cartons Ltd. Jourdan Ltd. At the same time, he became the art editor of The 9. In , and still keen to work in comics, Bave targeted Wham! Bave and his wife created their own character, Baby Whamster , a half-pager which they also scripted; he proved immediately popular as a mascot for Wham! Bave was determined to make a go of comics and used every opportunity to learn more about what his audience wanted, particularly by involving himself in the school attended by his son, Russell born in He helped with the school magazine, performed as a ventriloquist at school fetes and wrote a school play.
With the addition of work for annuals and worked sourced locally including posters, letterheads, leaflets, display advertising, cartoons, etc. However, Wham! Bave found work on annuals via King Leo Studios but that had all but dried up when the Baves received a letter from Jack Le Grand offering them work on a new paper.
Bave created some thirteen possible strips and was invited to write with Sheila and draw however many he could reasonably cope with on a weekly basis. The new comic Cor!!
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In , Bave and his family moved to a bungalow in Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight, where he and Sheila were to live for over forty years. When Cor!! By then, Bave had established himself with rivals D. Terry Bave art. Leo Baxendale 27 October - 23 April ; UK Leo Baxendale has been one of the few artists in Britain to advance humour strips in the past sixty years. His work has been frenetic and violent at times, subtle and thought-provoking at others.
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No other artist has argued the case of humour in British comics as strongly as Baxendale and few if any have the credentials to back up their arguments so soundly. Born in Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire, on 27 October , Baxendale had a grammar school education; as an artist he was self-taught. Between and he served with the catering corps. Thomson 's The Beano , a comic he had read as a child, and was immediately accepted, his first original character appearing in , Little Plum your Redskin Chum , followed shortly afterwards by Minnie me Minx , intended as a female counterpart to the popular Dennis.
His third Beano set was the single panel "When the Bell Rings", later to become a full-page strip under the title The Bash Street Kids , Baxendale's first strip to introduce a team of characters. The atmosphere of total mayhem that Baxendale was developing was certainly at odds with the traditional humour strip, particularly those of the Amalgamated Press, Thomson's main rivals. A contemporary of Baxendale's, Ken Reid, was similarly minded, and The Beano was unrivalled for humour at that time.
Ten years of tremendous output for relatively little reward left Baxendale suffering from exhaustion and depression, and after contracting pneumonia he left the firm following an invitation from Odhams Press to create a new humour title; this Baxendale did, and Wham! Most of the strips were passed on to other artists to continue after the first issue, and Baxendale even succeeded in tempting Ken Reid from Thomson's. Such was the success of the title that Smash! Baxendale's interest in politics inspired him to publish a weekly two-page newsletter, Strategic Commentary , written by radical strategist Terence Heelas, which he published for two-and-a-half years Baxendale drew for Eppo in Holland whilst preparing a case against Thomson's for recognition as creator of his many Beano characters which had continued under various different artists.
The case finally came to a mutually agreeable but undisclosed settlement in after seven years. Baxendale celebrated the result with the release of Thrrp! In he returned to the comic strip with I Love You Baby Basil , a weekly strip for the Guardian newspaper, which he continued to draw until March Most are autobiographical with an emphasis on Baxendale's views of comedy.
Lewis and J. Pauline Baynes was born in Hove, Sussex. For a few years she was raised in India, where her father was commissioner in Agra, but she and her elder sister were sent back to England for their schooling. She spent much of her childhood in Farnham, studying at the Farnham School of Art now the University for the Creative Arts and eventually attended the Slade School of Fine Art, but after a year there she volunteered to work for the Ministry of Defence, where she made demonstration models for instruction courses.
This work did not last long. She was soon transferred to a map-making department, where she acquired skills that she later employed when she drew maps of Narnia for Lewis and of Middle-earth for Tolkien. Baynes is probably best known for her covers and interior illustrations for The Chronicles of Narnia by C. Lewis, seven books published, one volume a year, from to the first five by Geoffrey Bles, the last two by The Bodley Head.
Lewis HarperCollins, , by Brian Sibley. According to a School Library Journal review, "the artwork includes full-page illustrations in glowing color". When she began work on the Narnia books she was already the chosen illustrator of Lewis's friend and colleague J. These, it turned out, had been sent to the publishers "on spec" by the then-unknown Pauline Baynes.
Tolkien demanded that the creator of these drawings be set to work illustrating Farmer Giles of Ham and was delighted with the subsequent results, declaring that Pauline Baynes had "reduced my text to a commentary on her drawings". Further collaboration between Tolkien and his Farmer Giles illustrator followed, and a lifelong friendship developed Later, when she showed him her artwork for a poster featuring Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, the author nodded approvingly and murmured quietly: "There they are, there they are. Baynes also painted the covers for two British paperback editions of The Lord of the Rings in one volume in and in three volumes in and produced illustrated poster versions of the maps from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
However, Baynes's own favourite among her works was the set of illustrations she provided for A Dictionary of Chivalry, edited by Grant Uden Longman, , a project that required two years to complete. As a result, she won the Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association for the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. In a retrospective citation, the Library Association calls it "a reference work that details the life and thoughts of knights". As a reference book it is unique among the winning works and only one other Greenaway Medal in almost sixty years has been awarded for the illustration of non-fiction.
Baynes also illustrated The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton , the fifth and final book in the Borrowers series, following the death of Diana Stanley, who had illustrated the previous four books. Baynes did the covers for a Puffin edition of the entire series issued in the s. J Beaven; UK J Beaven is known to be the artist who created the picture shown left of an Elizabethan Theatre used in a piece jigsaw puzzle created in the s by G.
This picture was also used for a Macmillan Educational poster in the s. Walter Bell Walter Bell was an artist of English children's comics. He was able to copy the styles of most of his contemporaries, so he was often assigned too fill in for other artists during the artists' holidays or illnesses. He created some characters of his own when he became a freelancer, working at an art studio and later running a studio himself.
He also did cover illustrations for the weekly Illustrated Chips, until he took over the back-page panel Casey Court for ten years. From then on, Bell expanded his activities and took on a variety of independent weekly comics. In , Bell began working exclusively for Amalgamated Press. Amalgamated Press was not amused by Bell's contributions to these rival publications and reduced his assignments.
Therefore, Bell began drawing for the comic supplements of national and local newspapers. He also took over George W. He later worked for several one-shot comic books at P. In his retirement, Bell drew cartoons for his local newspaper, the Barnet Press, until his death in He began his career at an early age, drawing illustrations for published by Montuoro and vignettes for the weekly Sior Tonin Bonagrazia.
When Italy surrendered to the allies in , Bellavitis and his family travelled to Pordenone to join the partisans. He provided illustrations to the Venetian partisan weekly Vento di Montagna, and was also imprisoned several weeks with Mario Faustinelli and Alberto Ongaro. The group launched the magazine Albo Uragano, which was later renamed to Asso di Picche. Bellavitis also worked with Pratt and Faustinelli on the title comic, 'Asso di Picche'. When the largest part of the Venetian group headed for Argentina, Bellavitis and Battaglia began an association with the publisher Ave in Rome.
Bellavitis was one of the first Italian artists to draw for the British market, which he did after becoming art director of the agency Cosmopolitan Artists. He also introduced Rinaldo Dami, whose agency later provided most of the Italian artwork for British comics. Bellavitis himself drew 'Paul English' for Swift, shortly after moving to England. Giorgio Bellavitis returned to Italy in to pursue a career in architecture, and was involved in many conservation and restoration projects in Venice. He taught art history at the University of Virginia in , and in was Thomas Jefferson Foundation Visiting Professor at the university's school of architecture.
He died on 21 May His early artistic influences were the juvenile comics of his childhood, Rainbow and Chips, and he found the Tarzan strips of Hal Foster and Burne Hogarth much more to his taste than the rather static picture stories that mainly featured in British comics of the s and '30s.
The young Bellamy had long been fascinated by big cats and other creatures of the African plains. One frequently-told story of Frank Bellamy's boyhood concerns a travelling circus that visited his home town sometime during the mid s. After school hours Frank enjoyed wandering around the circus camp gazing at the caged jungle cats and, on this particular occasion, approached close enough to pluck a few hairs from a lion's tail. He kept his prize for years afterwards safely stored in a bottle! But it does serve to show the sheer determination that Bellamy possessed, a quality that was, in adult life, to take him to the very pinnacle of his chosen profession.
Another magazine that made use of his talents early on in his career was the Boys' Own Paper. He left Norfolk Studios and went freelance. His main contribution to the comic was Monty Carstairs , an upper-crust adventurer whose exploits had been appearing in the comic since February, His first work for the publisher was a picture story adaptation of The Swiss Family Robinson for Swift , followed by King Arthur and His Knights , where he progressively used striking double sized frames to depict battle scenes, and Robin Hood and His Merry Men.
His enthusiasm was, however, tempered a little when he learnt that the work was to be a biographical strip of Sir Winston Churchill, The Happy Warrior. Early in , Hulton Press had been taken over by Odhams and the new owners wanted to see some changes. They decided that Dan Dare, the famous cover character of Eagle, looked too dated and needed a face lift.
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They wanted someone who would inject a new vitality into the character and asked Frank Bellamy if he would take on the job. Bellamy was uneasy about taking over a character who had been created and nurtured by another artist Frank Hampson , but during his agreed year on the Dan Dare strip, Bellamy created some stunning pages of artwork that glow vividly with life. One feature of the strip that has contributed to its continual appeal is its philosophy of conservation, which was years ahead of its time. This was followed by the fantasy adventure strip Heros The Spartan. Anderson's futuristic puppets were incredibly popular in the late s and their exploits were avidly followed by fans in TV Century 21 , and throughout the late s and early s Bellamy contributed to many quality periodicals including The Sunday Times , Look And Learn and Radio Times.
His work for Radio Times, all featuring the popular character, Dr. Who , is amongst his most sought-after from the s. In he took over the Garth strip in the Daily Mirror. Frank Bellamy was a perfectionist who created some of the best colour work ever to appear in British comics. His meticulously-drawn strips were always vibrant and full of life and action. His artwork rarely showed any signs of changes or alterations: he would discard a piece of work and start again rather than resort to process white and paste on patches. Click for the complete biography courtesy of the publisher and authors.
Enjoy also the special feature in illustrators issue 5 on Heros the Spartan. Frank Bellamy art. Mark Bennington born Professional illustrator with 30 years experience. Mark Bennington first arrived at Fleetway to help fill some pages for a Whoopee summer special. He quickly became one of Fleetway's rising stars working as an artist and a writer. My work has appeared in national and internationally distributed books, comics, magazines and marketing campaigns.
Ted Benoit born ; France Ted Benoit has, since the s, been a prominent artist working in the ligne claire style made popular in the pages of the Franco-Belgian comics Tintin and Spirou. His first comics appeared in after he joined the editorial team of alternative magazine Actuel. He has also illustrated a number of books, prints and portfolios and has also been involved with l'association Le Crayon, whose members published The Naked Crayon in He has also been involved in advertising, notably for Jameson whisky and Bic. Ted Benoit art. David Bergen Although a popular fantasy artist in the s, almost nothing is known about David Bergen's career.
He was active in the s, illustrating Sphere 's H. Clarke and Samuel R. Barrington J. Bayley's Star Winds and E. Tubb's Incident on Ath, both Bergen then seemed to disappear until when his work began appearing on various Pan fantasy and SF titles as well as the Puffin editions of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series. He continued to produce covers until at least when his work again disappears from sight.
What other areas he was presumably active in I have no idea; perhaps the lack of credits in the s is literally down to the lack of credits that appeared on books. There can be no doubt as to the quality of his work and he was twice nominated , for the World Fantasy Award. Personal information on the artist is almost zero. I believe he was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in but a search of the internet turns up nothing else and any search is rather confused thanks to there being a Canadian author born of the same name.
David Bergen art. It was in Albacete that Bermejo began his professional career, still in his teens, as an assistant to Manuel Gago, himself only in his early twenties but already recognised as a great talent in Spanish comics. In , Gago created El Guerrero del Antifaz [Warrior of the Mask] , which would run for issues, finally ending in Bermejo began as a letterer on the series in but, before long, was allowed to ink pages. Written by one of the top scriptwriters of the era, Pedro Quesada, it ran for 46 issues, over which time Bermejo began to assimilate influences other than Gago, notably Alex Raymond.
Here he produced his second famous work, Apache , scripted by Pedro Quesada, which he drew for over 50 issues from Bermejo was already in demand elsewhere, having produced his first strip for the British market via the agency A. Bermejo also contributed romance stories to Mirabelle, Romeo and Cherie in At the same time, he was still a busy artist in Spain, working for Bruguera on a series of literary adaptations: La conquista de los poles, Un yanqui en la corte del Rey Arturo both published in , Una vida aventurerea , Las aventuras del Club Pickwick and Las aventuras de Pinocho both The early stories were fairly commonplace war stories but when the stories switched to Thriller Picture Library , Steel was given a make-over and began featuring in a series of jazz-age, crime noir private eye yarns with Bermejo the main artist.
At the same time, Bermejo was having his biggest success in the UK when he worked on Heros the Spartan for Eagle, alternating adventures with Frank Bellamy in Bermejo was a popular contributor to James Warren's horror magazines Vampirella, Creepy and Eerie in , notably drawing The Rook.
In , he drew an adaptation of Lord of the Rings which was published throughout Europe. The recovering Spanish market also meant regular work in Cimoc, Metropol, Baladin, Hunter, Zona 84 and other magazines, as well as adapting books by Isaac Asimov and A. Van Vogt. See illustrators issue 22 for feature article on Luis Bermejo. Luis Bermejo art. Walter Berndt 22 November - 15 August ; Brooklyn, New York Walter Berndt was a cartoonist known for his long-run comic strip, Smitty, which he drew for 50 years. Powers, C. Batchelor, Sterrett and Segar.
Not much money but a million dollars worth of experience! He stayed with the New York Journal for five years, sweeping floors, running errands, drawing strips, sport cartoons and what have you. Then one year with World Telegram. From there to the Daily News in where Smitty and Herby work for me! Golf used to be my love, but it is now taboo. So now it's a little swimmin' in my pool. In , he created Smitty, which he continued until , working with his assistant Charles Mueller. Berndt won the Reuben Award for for Smitty.
He also produced the comic strip Herby from through During that period, Creig brought Walter Berndt to join us. We fell in love with the cigar-smoking old-timer look who's talking! After a couple of years he passed away and left us grieving. Thereafter, whenever we convened on Thursdays, we'd raise a toast to Walter's memory. On one such, my big mouth opened and uttered, "Fellas, it's time for the Berndt toast!
He was born in Barcelona, the son of a Spanish comic book artist, Miguel Bernet. Magpie after his death in , under the pseudonym "Jordi". While this could support his family, it did not satisfy his artistic ambitions that were inspired by artists such as Hal Foster, Alex Raymond and Milton Caniff.
From , Bernet developed a more realistic style, and took on smaller assignments from Italian and British publishers, until he started illustrating for the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou in After the fall of Franco, Bernet returned to Catalonia and Spain and worked for several Spanish comics magazines such as Creepy, Metropol and Cimoc, eventually meeting three writers with whom he would form productive partnerships.
With Antonio Segura he created the amazone fantasy series Sarvan, and the series Kraken, depicting a sewer monster terrorizing a futuristic fascist society. It eventually formed the basis of its own magazine, Luca Torelli es Torpedo in Bernet's more recent publications include several albums for the Italian western character Tex Willer, and a run of work for the U. American artist Will Eisner described his impression of Bernet's work in an anthology preface: "Here was a man who was producing pure story-telling art.