Monday, 19 November 2007

Anna Marita and King's Cliffe airfield

Unknown artist
I am always amazed that there are really kind people out in cyberspace.

I received an email from someone called Arthur Sevigny the other day and he wrote:
"Attached is a scan of Anna Marita who performed at King's Cliffe Airfield on May 7th 1945. This was the home of the 20th FG during WWII." Arthur Sevigny MSgt USAF (Ret), Historian, 20th Fighter Wing Association.

Attached was a scan of an old fashioned flyer. I still didn't understand what I had, but after plucking up my courage I wrote back to this Arthur.

He replied quickly, and stated:
"The flyer is for the V-E celebration for the defeat of Germany. Anna being an entertainer at the show. The 20th FG flew P-38 and P-51 aircraft out of King’s Cliffe which is near Wantsford. I spent 7 years (1980-1987) in the UK with the 20th TFW that was stationed at RAF Upper Heyford."
Now you're wondering what has this to do with Frank Bellamy. So was I until I searched my own website for the answer.....

Anna Marita's name appears in one place on the website - under Unpublished material search on that page for her name.

I had placed most of the extant life drawings in the late forties / early fifties - while Bellamy was working in Blamires' Studio, Kettering, or the Norfolk Studio in London. How? By the signature style which was more rounded earlier in his career. If that's correct then Bellamy managed to find Marita work as an artist's model (she was obviously supplementing her income as a 'performer').

I have placed the items sent to me under a special note for those interested in King's Cliffe airfield and Ms. Marita. A simple search on the Net will give you more than enough information on the airfield's history. Now, we're not saying the above image had anything to do with Frank Bellamy, to be clear but is of interest historically for others maybe?

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Commando Gibbs v. Dragon Decay

I was double checking some facts in the advertising section of the website and remembered I had a mystery regarding some of the numbering in Bellamy's adverts for Gibbs Dentifrice. For those who have only known toothpaste in a tube, you might need enlightening.

This product came in a small circular tin and you had to rub a wet toothbrush and create a fizzy paste to rub on your "ivory castles" as Gibbs called your teeth! I can just remember the stuff in the 1960s, and I think some toothpowder still exist! Would you believe the following existed:

THE IVORY CASTLE GAME by D W Gibbs Ltd, manufacturers of the famous Gibbs Dentifrice, consisting of a coloured folding board, counters and dice, in original brown envelope with rules printed to rear, company letter included. 1933/4 . A must for toothpaste collectors. - quoted from http://www.yorkbookfair.com/yorkhighlights2007.html

Anyway, my research produced a few questions and I wonder if anyone has any answers for me regarding the numbering of adverts. Even though all previous advertising strips are number sequentially, 2 adverts were 10 issues apart, but their (up till now) regular numbering jumps from GD 316-1505 to GD 326-1505. Take a look at the Eagle entry on the Advertising page for lots more pictures and please send comments!

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

BIG NEWS: Robin Hood again!


Steve Holland has announced a project he has been working on for Look and Learn / Book Palace that:
"...we're also working on The Complete Frank Bellamy Robin Hood. This is a Look and Learn/Book Palace project that has been in the works for a while now (it takes time to scan and clean up that many pages!). The book will reprint the whole of Bellamy's long run of 'Robin Hood and His Merry Men' and 'Robin Hood and Maid Marian' for 15 months in 1956-57 in the pages of Swift. Not, I may add, the abridged version that later appeared in Treasure in the 1960s. This is the complete run."

The date: 2008! Start saving your sixpences as that means approximately 134 pages of art plus any additional introduction etc.!

This picture has been borrowed and will be returned soon to its rightful owner Steve Holland

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Robin Hood & ROK Comics

Robin Hood art Copyright © Look and Learn Ltd

The very 21st century technology of mobile phones presents a mid 20th century version of Robin Hood!

Many thanks to John Freeman who helped me to get this to you. In the picture above you'll see two arrows on the right which allow you to browse the single mocked-up mobile screens

Mind you, the cover is not by Bellamy!

Now if we could see the complete Robin Hood and King Arthur stories from the Swift comic reprinted in one book, so an old man, like myself could read them, that would be brilliant!

ROK also produce mobile phone versions of early non-Bellamy Garth strips, but use the Bellamy Garth for their publicity


Lifetime Achievement Award

I have heard of all sorts of awards with strange names - the Oscars, Nibbies, Daggers etc. But a new one to me, which has been around for at least 5 years is the "Frank Bellamy Achievement Award"!

"Originally formed in 1977 as the Society of Strip Illustrators where comics professionals could meet socially, swap stories, share information and network. It still does all these things. But we've also adapted and changed since then. In 1992 the Society changed its name to the Comics Creators Guild in a move to more obviously represent all the various arts and specializations that combine to produce comics." says their About Us page.

Winners in the past have been from both sides of the Atlantic:
2006: John Severin
2005: Peter O'Donnell
2004: Leo Baxendale
2003: Dave Sim
2002: Dr Jerry Bails

On our page with references to articles about Bellamy, there is mention of the old Society's newsletter where an article was written about Bellamy and a follow up letter correcting errors in said article.

If anyone can let me know why Bellamy's name was chosen for this award, I'd love to know


Sunday, 2 September 2007

...ADDITION: Treasure

Steve Holland has padded out the data I had on the Robin Hood strips, which originally appeared in Swift. He points out that the reprints in Treasure were in fact from #197 - 261 (22/10/66 - 13/01/68). The later reprints in Storyland (new to Steve - a miracle in itself!) still need complete data.

Steve adds: "the Treasure Robin Hood reprint [...] was abridged and bowdlerised in various places. It also dropped two episodes" which explains the discrepancy with Treasure only having 65 episodes and the original running for 67 through the two titles Robin Hood and his Merry Men and then Robin Hood and Maid Marian. Thanks Steve.

....ADVERT: Andersonic (Follow up)

If you've never heard of Andersonic check out my blog entry of Sunday, 29 July 2007. The published article about Bellamy and Don Harley Frank, Don, Dan and the Tracys by Richard Farrell is now available at the address supplied on that blog entry or on my website (see the note)

Many thanks to Richard for a great article.... oh, and check out pages 25-27 for my thoughts on Anderson during my childhood!

I'm still looking forward to an authoritative piece detailing where Bellamy started his work on each Dan Dare story and where Don Harley et al continued. That's a story for another day, but compare the two heads of Rax from the same story "Terra Nova". The left detailed stippling was by Bellamy and the right hand one by Harley











Taken from Eagle 21st November 1959, Vol10:40.

Friday, 17 August 2007

...ADDITION: Bellamy's Star Trek work

Due to a frequently occurring erroneous statement on Bellamy's Star Trek work, (please don't hate me Rod ) I thought I'd wade into the waters with this blog entry.

THE BAD NEWS
The following comment appears in several places around the Net:
"Bellamy and Alan Willow produced covers for the series [TV21], which alternated between Star Trek and other titles until such painted illustrations were dropped as of issue 42 to allow an increase from two to three pages of Star Trek material per issue."

This originates (I believe) from a misreading of the wonderful The Gerry Anderson Complete Comic History which says: "Alan Willow is probably not a name most Gerry Anderson fans would recall... he is best known for the text illustrations in several early Doctor Who Target novelisations. But a few years before this, he painted most of the covers for TV21 & Joe 90 from late 1969, until the Star Trek strip replaced these on the front page in the summer of 1970."

To see the new series of TV21’s covers go to Comic Magazine’s sales site -and SCROLL DOWN. You’ll see no Bellamy covers at all, as he only drew for the first series. All those covers by Bellamy (five in total) were of Captain Scarlet strips.

At the time of Star Trek's first appearance in UK comics (Joe90 #1 dated 18th January 1969), Frank Bellamy, was still about to give another 9 months on his version of Thunderbirds in the original series of TV21 (and later 4 issues of the combined TV21 & Joe 90 – the new series). In TV21 #209, dated 18/01/1969 his cover for Joe 90 #1 appeared in an advert.

This picture is a poorly joined scan of my copy which has travelled a long way since I bought it!



He never drew Star Trek in comics!

THE GOOD NEWS
Bellamy won the 1971 Academy of Comic Book Arts Awards (for material published in 1971; awarded in 1972) for "Best Foreign Artist". Due to a technicality it was his Radio Times work on Star Trek that was judged rather than any of his past comics work as he was, at the time, not working in comics as such, but had just started Garth in the Daily Mirror. Barry Windsor Smith recommended him as a worthy candidate but due to the fact he wasn’t doing comics works they had to find a comic strip to display. Marv Wolfman showed some original Heros artwork and Bellamy won the award based on his Star Trek in the Radio Times. He also did two other Star Trek works; single panel illustrations to accompany the TV listings in the Radio Times





















Hopefully this clarifies this misunderstanding. Any comments?

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Weblink: Garth - Cloud of Balthus

Rod McKie, illustrator extraordinaire, has mentioned his love of Bellamy's Garth on his blog. He reproduces some pages from the Titan Book reprints and reminds us why Bellamy's Garth was so loved by many.


Note: Martin Asbury, who replaced Bellamy on the strip, illustrates the head of Garth in the illustration below, (and he did the cover for the reprint book too.)


For those unfamiliar with Rod's work, he kindly shows some examples here.




Wednesday, 15 August 2007

...Addition: Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph

I've managed to get a few of Tony Smith's articles on Bellamy. Smith produced many of these during Bellamy's lifetime and after.












This one is from 17th July 1990 and was written "to mark the 40th anniversary of the legendary Eagle comic" - to you and me that means the Hawk reprint books, The Adventures of P.C. 49, Harris Tweed, Riders of the Range and, of course, Fraser of Africa .

One particularly interesting feature in this article is a reprint of the rarely seen Bellamy work in the Pink 'Un, the sporting paper insert for the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph. (NET 18/10/1949 - see corresponding note for a large version of the above picture)

The readers at the time (1947) would have been familiar with the football clubs' nicknames - see my key on the NET page- and Tony Smith kindly provides clues in his 1990 article

Monday, 6 August 2007

Alan Class, Ally Sloper and Bellamy


ALLY SLOPER number 1 was published in September 1976 by Alan Class with Denis Gifford as editor. Frank Bellamy created "Swade", for the comic/magazine, a Wordless black and white 3 page strip. Unfortunately he died before being able to do a strip for the second issue (in which his obituary appeared).
I knew that Bellamy had been invited to the launch of Ally Sloper but Nancy, his widow, couldn't remenmber if he actually attended the event in London.

Terry Hooper has managed to interview Alan Class and he kindly put the question to Alan regarding Bellamy's appearance.
I'll leave you to read the full article which includes reference to the launch aboard "the Steam-ship “Tattershall Castle”,which was berthed on the Thames near Blackfriars Bridge". The master-of-ceremonies was, apparently, the comedian Ted Ray - a name I haven't heard for ages.

Thursday, 2 August 2007

...Weblink: Comic Librarian's heaven!


I have always enjoyed seeing annotations to some of those popular graphic novels of the Eighties - Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Sandman etc. In the prehistory of the WWW, we had command line interfaces and boy, were they tough to learn! I always tested them by looking for any comics related materials and starting dribbling on discovering text files of this sort of material! Remember this is before web browsers, and images on the net!

Anyway, Peter Karpas and friends have put together all these miscellaneous web references in one place on their strangely-titled enjolrasworld.com including reference to one FrankBellamy.co.uk!

I feel humble as there are few UK entries!

Pictures taken from the Eagle strip "The Happy Warrior"

Sunday, 29 July 2007

....ADVERT: Andersonic

I have avoided taking any income for the Frank Bellamy site - and I will keep it advert free.

But what happens when one correspondent sends you information and asks you to author an article? Well, I have thanked Richard Farrell for his info, accepted the request to write an article and.... promised to put the following on my Blog - click to enlarge:Click to enlarge
Andersonic is a small fanzine which I found entertaining but have never seen advertised extensively. Richard says "No need to use the cartoon - hardly up to the standards of an FB site! The next issue will be out around September and will include a feature on Bellamy and Harley's Thunderbirds strips and Starcruiser from Look-In"

I like the cartoon! Instantly recognizable! I didn't write the article on Bellamy, but look forward to seeing it - as I haven't even been offered one for this advert
Norman

...Correction: Comicon 76

Richard Sheaf has supplied the following information on Comicon 76. It appears that the Comic Convention brochure contains a simple Bellamy entry. Opposite the advert for (what I remember to be) an interesting fanzine is the following message taking up the whole page.

"In memory Frank Bellamy 1917-1976" No black border; no pictures; no biography, just a reminder we had lost a major person in the comic world!


Saturday, 21 July 2007

Weblink: Look and Learn - Fortunino Matania

Head over to the Look and Learn site to view a picture show (great feature gentlepersons!) and view Fortunino Matania's works in that magazine.

You can read a short biography on BookPalace's excellent site and buy original artwork and prints of his work

Why am I highlighting this? What's the Bellamy connection? Matania was admired greatly by Bellamy who wrote a fan letter or two to Matania and also received Christmas cards from his hero. Whether they met is still a mystery, but it's always interesting to see who influences whom.

There's a long list of his war work with loads of samples on "The Great War in a different light" website. But he is remembered , like Alma Tadema, for his drawings of classical antiquity with his 'accurate' detailing.











































Fortunino Matania's version of Armistice celebrations (from the Sphere magazine Nov 1918) and Bellamy's from the series he did with Mike Butterworth on World War One (from Look and Learn #462, 1970 © Look and Learn Magazine Ltd)

Sunday, 15 July 2007

...Correction: Comic Media News / Comic Collector

Clearing up a few more bits that that kind Richard Sheaf sent me, I have added notes to the relevant entries on the Articles page about the following:

Comic Collector No. 2 Apr 1992, Announcement on the Frank Bellamy Appreciation Society Richard supplied the advert, see the note accompanying this entry


I managed to get a copy of the following recently:
Comic Media News No 27 Jul-Aug 1976, which has a tribute to the then recently departed Bellamy with a rarely seen photo of him.
See the note accompanying this entry



...Which leads me to wonder whether the following entry on that page is wrong.
Comicon 1976 No 27 tribute and photo as it appears so like the above! Does anyone have, or know anyone that has the Comicon programmes for the Seventies?

Friday, 6 July 2007

...Correction: Garth character tryout sheet

Making a few corrections in the pages:
Deleted the description: Garth tryout - Black & white: 6 drawings of Garth used as a tryout for the strip from the Unpublished page

Added the details onto the Saga of Garth entry (c/o Comics Journal) on the Articles page. Click on the note accompanying the Saga entry for a bigger scan

Bellamy, of course, did many "character sheets" of strips before commencing on them. The site lists quite a few, but the recent appearance of a 'Marco Polo' sheet was a great suprise - see the following blog entry!

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Unseen Bellamy - FRENCH INFANTRY identified

On the Unseen Bellamy exhibition page, we had a placeholder asking if anyone could identify the French Infantry (item #9 in the catalogue)

Not only can we now identify it, but if you click the corresponding note, Jeff Haythorpe has sent me a scan and tells me he bought it at the exhibition. What better authority could a researcher want?

It appears to be an unpublished part of the series for the Look and Learn magazine/comic called The Story of World War One (LOOK AND LEARN 437 - 462 - 30/05/70 - 21/11/70)

Many thanks to Jeff...again!

Sunday, 24 June 2007

WEBLINK: "Happy Warrior" story

Run, do not walk, to ComicsUK and click on the Daily Page link on the opening page for a page-by-page reprint of, what some consider Bellamy's finest strip, The Happy Warrior.

Bellamy said he was intimidated by this commission as this was the first time the back page of Eagle was taken up with a living person's biography and the subject, Winston Churchill, would approve pages before publication. If you follow the strip day by day, as Alan Notton, the site's creator/moderator intends. you will see Bellamy start out in standrad panel formats, but later experiment with the panels style he later was loved and remembered for.


...Addition: The Saga of Garth

Back from holiday, and saw many towns in the south, and I have added my reviews to http://www.tripadvisor.com of the 2 hotels. We also saw a flamenco event, but avoided the bullfights...although we did see one on the TV in a Tapas bar in Cordoba!

Anyway back to Bellamy

Richard Sheaf leant me "The Saga of Garth" a fascinating anomaly. It appears to have been issued to correct a misprinting from Comics Journal (the UK version!) as a free supplement. But I'd like to know which CJ it came with! I have added it to the Articles on Bellamy page. Please click on the Note for images and the full story.

Can you help?
Cover adapted from:
The Daily Mirror Book of Garth, London: IPC Limited, 1975.

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Matadors and Hop!

I'm off on holiday, and although my subconscious might have had a hand in this, I have just realised I'm heading to Andalucia, where Nancy and Frank Bellamy spent many happy hours. Both Nancy and Frank were great fans of flamenco and all things Spanish. And if you've read the website in detail you'll find many drawings are mentioned of bulls, matadors, toreadors etc.

Jeff Haythorpe kindly gave me permission to show this wonderful picture. I'll tidy up my references on my return. Jeff has given me other pictures which I'll add later. Jeff, thanks AGAIN!

And just to tie up loose ends....
Some time ago I bought a copy of HOP!, a nice French magazine on comics. Marc-André Dumonteil kindly sent me an addition to my data on the non-English reprints page, and it wasn't until I re-read his email I realised his web address points to the magazine! There's some English at the bottom right of the page, but Marc's English is far better than any French I speak!

I definitely need a holiday!


Adiós y yo te verá la semana próxima

Norman

Sunday, 10 June 2007

Crikey! Bellamy gets everywhere!

Sometimes the social world of the Internet can seem very circular, with mentions/news turning up all over the place in a short space of time. Perhaps one day, I may have to list the virtual publications that mention this website!.....That way lies madness!

But I don't mind joining in:

http://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2007/06/crikey-no1-reviewed.html


When my copy comes I'll add it to the Articles page on the website

Saturday, 9 June 2007

...Correction: Eagle - Dan Dare - Sufferin' Satellites

The entry on the comics page for the following has been removed, now that we have confirmed it was never commercially published:
  • EAGLE - Not Yet Found. Colour page of Dan Dare (mustard coloured uniform) holding ray gun with a circular space station and astronaut in background (black & white), all on red background
I have placed a description of this picture, with scans, in the accompanying note in the unpublished section of the Site - which begins to beg the question "what does unpublished mean?". I have also referenced the source, a fanzine/comic called Sufferin' Satellites, published in 1998

Many thanks to Richard Sheaf

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Telegraph Sunday Magazine - Eagle review

Shaqui has come up trumps again! On the Articles about Bellamy page, we listed the "Eagle Story" article from the Telegraph Sunday Magazine . WRONG!

It is in fact, Telegraph Sunday Magazine No. 49, 21st August 1977 pp. 18-22, "Where Eagles dared", by Byron Rogers, a three and a half page history of the Eagle comic - with one reference to Bellamy, but no relevant content!

But there is an interesting photo included - see below - with an error on it. Can anyone correct this for us, although not directly concerning Bellamy!

"The men behind the comic: from left to right, Frank Hampson, the original illustrator, Clifford Makins, who succeeded Morris as editor, John Pearce who launched the first promotion, Macdonald Hastings, Eagle Special Investigator, and Marcus Morris, the clergyman who conceived and created it, pore over early issues of Eagle.[...]" (p.18).

Unfortunately there are indeed five gents, but Hampson is instantly recognisable as being second from the left. Can anyone tell me who the first guy is?

More revelations from Shaqui to follow

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Fanzine articles added

As stated earlier, Richard Sheaf has been really helpful in supplying details of articles about Bellamy in fan magazines.

The updated information (on the Articles page) includes:
  • Astral Group Member's Forum #4-5 Feb 1982
  • Astral Group Newsletter #7, 1981-2
  • Comics Journal #28 (UK version), Autumn 1994
  • Eagler magazine #2, Winter 1983
  • Eagle Times 1987 [pilot issue] which is a reprint of....
  • Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph 3 Sept 1987
Many thanks Richard - who supplied scans too! The last article by Tony Smith (who must have interviewed Bellamy more times than anyone) contains some more information which I'll use. The others are fairly derivative.

Interesting also to note the article reproduces this cartoon done by Bellamy for the Pink 'Un but with the wrong date! To understand the nicknames for the football teams read the description on the N.E.T .page

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE EVENING TELEGRAPH
(Sat 11/10/1947)

(Football Telegraph)
"Will Ar Tarn douse posh, and the Russians scare the Poppies"

...Correction: Radio Times date

Simple correction to this entry:
RADIO TIMES (04/10/1971 - 10/09/1971) should read
RADIO TIMES (04/09/1971 - 10/09/1971)

Marv Wolfman and Frank Bellamy

I thought it was time to correct something I left up on the site, namely this mysterious entry in the unpublished list:
  • Robin Hood:
    • Black & white with an inscription "Best wishes to XXXXXX" and signed
I'm pleased to say that wonderful Marv Wolfman agreed that I could let people know that he owns this original Bellamy drawing. He says "I also have two original painted Heros the Spartan pages, too."

It was the latter that was the start of suggesting that Bellamy be entered in the ACBA award for Best Foreign Artist in 1972. Due to the age of the Heros strips (1962-1965), they could not be used. However, someone (Barry Windsor-Smith?) had the bright idea of using the one-off comic strip of Star Trek that appeared in the TV and radio listings magazine in the UK, the Radio Times. And the rest as they say is history......

Footnote:
Many people think therefore Bellamy drew Star Trek in the UK. He drew only only this single page mentioned above with 2 spot illustrations for the TV listings. Mike Noble's run on Star Trek in the second series of TV21 is considered a high point.
TV21 Issue 50
Drawn by Mike Noble

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Pawley's Peepholes by John Wyndham


UPDATE: FOUND!

Penny Turner, (the best person to have with you on a pub quiz team), reading the website mentioned 'had I read "Pawley's Peepholes"?' I hadn't....she had a copy which I borrowed and shortly after, I encountered Wyndham's clever take on time travel.

The John Wyndham Archive, 1930-2001, which is based in the University of Liverpool, Special Collections and Archives says that Pawley's Peepholes by John Wyndham was first published as Operation Peep in the magazine Suspense (Summer 1951).

The story tells of ghostly appearances in a small town which turn out to be time tourists! The townsfolk get tired of the intrusions on their private lives .....and fight back. I won't spoil the ending!

What's this got to do with Bellamy? In November 1969 Bellamy was asked by BBC Educational Publications to produce 9 drawings in black and white for "Music Session One "Pawley's Peepholes Pupil's Pamphlets for the Summer of 1970.

To date, we have not seen a pamphlet. Can you help? Email us at the usual address

An aside taken from "Time Travel" - PBS Airdate: October 12, 1999:
STEPHEN HAWKING: Time travel might be possible, but if that is the case why haven't we been overrun by tourists from the future?
CARL SAGAN: This argument I find very dubious.

Me too, Carl (RIP)

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Daily Mirror 1st Mar 1978 found

Shaqui has done it again. He's sent me a scan of the Daily Mirror for the 1st Mar 1978 and as he says, "it's a bit of a non-starter but, hey, you're the completist!"

But Shaqui has sent me other stuff which I have never seen! More to follow shortly

So visit the excellent Gerry Anderson Complete Comic History where Shaqui is the Editor.

And if you're a completist like me, the Mirror entry is now to be found on the Articles page with the 'full' text in the corresponding note.

Saturday, 26 May 2007

Paul McCartney and Frank Bellamy

Bill Storie writes:
"I was told by Terry Jones (when I was researching Bert Fegg's book) that he himself had been told the "Wings" illustration for Paul McCartney was originally commissioned for the cover of a solo album by Paul's wife Linda under the project title of "Linda and the Red Stripes". Terry himself didn't know if that was 100% true though and MPL publishing never repiled to me on the subject but maybe someone else out there on the net might know?"

This interesting article Seaside Woman by Suzy and the Red Stripes explains:
"Paul called the group Suzy (Linda) and the Red Stripes (Wings) and they signed with Epic under that name. The name Red Stripes is from one of Paul and Linda's favorite drinks."

If you fancy a challenge or happen to know one of the richest musicians in the UK, and would like to share any further information, contact us.

Bill also mentions a drunken night with Dez Skinn, but as I've never met Dez (whose reputuation precedes him) I'd better not say anymore.

Message for Dez:
Dez could you contact us so we can ask for a few clarifications?
Thanx

Eagle Times updated page


Thanks to Richard Sheaf for help in updating the Eagle Times material on the page Articles about Bellamy. Where the part numbers are deduced (through continuous publications) the numbers are given in square brackets. Where they appear in the title they are included in the title itself.

But, can any Eagle Times readers tell me why there was a sporadic publication cycle in the following list?
Eagle Times Vol 8:3 Autumn 1995 (Part 10)
Eagle Times Vol 9:2 Summer 1996 (Part 11)
Eagle Times Vol 10:3 Autumn 1997 (Part 12)

Any help? Usual address feedback @ frankbellamy.co.uk
or click on comments below

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Eagle Times information to be added

Today I was contacted by Richard Sheaf who is passing on data about the series the Eagle Times ran on Bellamy. That was a long series because it covered a lot of ground with many authors. The Eagle Times is published 4 times a year and covers all thing Eagle (that is, the original run from the 50s and 60s)

And Alan Davis, yes fanboy, THE Alan Davis, wrote
"Congratulations on getting the site up and running. I haven't given it a thorough reading yet but it looks very informative." Thanks Alan. I'd still love to see you and Don McGregor on Killraven together. Alan has a nice section on his website showing his inspirations and one happens to be Bellamy. Alan shows some unpublished materials one of which we have yet to identify. For more details look on our Unpublished Bellamy page

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Praise indeed!

This online community is not a new thing to me. However, I've realised what a responsibility it is as the 'moderator' / creator!

Can you tell people that the wonderfully knowledgable Steve Holland - no slouch at writing about Bellamy - has sent compliments? His Blog is a wonder of research. Should you mention friends by name? And so on.

One email has offered some materials that will help in our research.

One comment came from India....now how did they find out so fast!!

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Portugese is not my strong point!



The very kind Alberto sent me a copy of a checklist of the Portuguese appearances of Bellamy's work. I shall be correcting my spelling mistakes, and adding some new entries to the Non-English list of Bellamy's work reprinted 'abroad' within the next few days.

Thanks to Alberto who also allowed me to show you scans of his unpublished Bellamy strip 'Wes Slade' - see the note on that entry

Monday, 21 May 2007

Complexities of web tools!

Spent a long weekend finishing the website and tripped at a technical hurdle. Can anyone tell me how to allow comments on this blog?
I have saved and re-saved Settings on Comments, but with no option appearing for you to 'Post a comment'
I see from blog news that there was a glitch, but this should be sorted

Any help/suggestions gratefully received at feedback@frankbellamy.co.uk

First reactions are very good and I see from statistics that mainly UK visitors are looking at the site, but God Bless Alberto in Portugal who has proved the statistics can see visitors outside the UK

Frank Bellamy Checklist website launched!

Monday 21st May 2007

What connects TV's "The Avengers", Dan Dare, Neil Armstrong, Winston Churchill and the Daily Mirror?

Frank Bellamy, graphic artist and illustrator, was born on this day 90 years ago. This blog is here to allow discussion about the published checklist which has been produced to celebrate his life and work.

The website will make a valuable reference tool for researchers and fans alike.

The checklist contains brief biographical details and anecdotes about the artists

Access is freely available at http://www.frankbellamy.co.uk

We would love to get further information and there are many opportunities to add information.

We look forward to seeing you there!