Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tony Harding 1942 - 2014


The artist Anthony John "Tony" Harding has passed away at the age of 72. Known primarily as an illustrator of football stories for British comics such as Scorcher, Hotspur, and Action, Tony began his comics career in 1962 on Victor weekly. 

Just a few of Tony's career highlights include Bouncing Briggs (featuring the popular Bernard Briggs character) for The Hornet, Bobby of the Blues for Scorcher, and the controversial Look Out for Lefty for Action

A full tribute to the artist has appeared on John Freeman's Down The Tubes website, which you can find here:
http://downthetubes.net/?p=14136

Meanwhile, on this blog, here's an episode of Bobby of the Blues that appeared in Scorcher dated 21st February 1970. The first page was drawn in linework, for spot colour to be added, but pages 2 and 3 had a grey wash added. An effective technique. 



My condolences to Mr.Harding's family and friends on their loss.

7 comments:

Andy Boal said...

Did he also draw Toby’s Timepiece in the Whoopee Annuals?

Lew Stringer said...

I'm not familiar with that strip at all, but if this is the artist you mean, then no. Looks more like Sandy Calder's work: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IhYIPIx4cGU/UmqNoMgOTuI/AAAAAAAAJYI/8SjU_0dwtm4/s1600/Sh_Sh_1985_Annual_194.jpg

Andy Boal said...

I'll see if I can dig one up. Try Shiver and Shake 1981.

Lew Stringer said...

The one at the link I provided is a Shiver & Shake Annual page, on the Kazoop blog. It's not by Tony Harding though.

Antony Harding said...

Thank you for the nice tribute Lew! I think that's the earliest example of my father's work that I've seen so far!

Best wishes.

Lew Stringer said...

You're welcome Antony. Thanks for getting in touch. My condolences to you all for your loss.

Antony Harding said...

Cheers Lew!

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