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.)