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Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Frank Bellamy classic - coming soon

Frank Bellamy's dynamic artwork and inventive layouts made quite an impact on comic readers of the 1950s to 1970s. Sadly the artist passed away far too young at the age of 59 in 1976 - but he left us with an incredibly high standard of work that still impresses readers old and new. 

Some of Bellamy's artwork for Thunderbirds and Garth has been reprinted in recent years - as has his early work for Swift. There's also a luxurious edition of his Heros the Spartan strip in a limited edition. This March, Unicorn Press are to publish The Happy Warrior, the life story of Winston Churchill that Bellamy illustrated for Eagle in 1957/58.

I recall that this weekly, full colour series of full pagers was collected before, about 30 years ago, but that book is long out of print. 

Published as a 96 page paperback, The Happy Warrior: The Life Story of Sir Winston Churchill is out on March 1st at a RRP of £12.99. (Amazon currently have it cheaper.)


paddykool said...

It's tragic that this book is being promoted with barely a mention of the great Frank Bellamy on the projected cover or in the Amazon promo blurb.Why do they think readers flocked to read these Eagle stories, if not for the stunning pre-colour TV layouts from the likes of Bellamy?

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, I noticed that too. I suspect the book is being aimed at patriots and people interested in WW2 rather than comic enthusiasts but it would have been good if Bellamy's name was more prominent on the cover. Hopefully he'll get proper coverage inside, and not just a passing mention.

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