|King Kong 1933|
DC Comics used to use loads of ape covers as the DC editors believed that sales increased whenever their was a giant ape on the cover of a comic. Twomorrows published Comics Gone Ape! in 2007 and featured comments by several DC creators such as Infantino, and Cardy who used the ape motif many times in their cover careers.
So what does this have to do with Bellamy? Well, by now you'll have learned my style is to not get straight to the point.
|King Kong 1976|
The excellent MagForum site, about magazines and magazine publishing, is written by Tony Quinn, founder of Magforum.com. he tells us:
19 magazine was published by IPC, monthly, from 1968 - May 2004
Young women’s glossy aimed at 16- to 19-year-olds. The established magazines in this sector all steadily lost sales after 1980. 19 was the last survivor of the three big IPC titles: Honey merged with 19 in 1986 after circulation almost halved in five years; a similar fate befell Look Now in 1988. These mergers helped 19, but its sales were still down by about a fifth in 1990 over the decade. When it finally closed, IPC said: 'Over the last few years, the face of the teenage market has changed. The boundaries between the teen market sub-sectors have become blurred and sales patterns suggest that readership at the older, young women’s end appears to have migrated to the fashion and celebrity markets.' Final editor was Helen Bazuaye. The publisher launched Teen Now, a spin-off from its celebrity weekly Now in spring that year and in March Emap had closed The Face and J-17 (Just 17) Taken from: MagForum.com and used with permission
|King Kong 2005|
The contents page of the February 1975 issue of 19 contained the black and white image from the main double page spread Bellamy drew. Keith Jones, was the Assistant Art Editor for IPC magazines at that time who paid Bellamy £86.40p for the colour spread commissioning it in May 1974. Bellamy's King Kong appears on the celluloid which is melting, and twisted strands of wire is shown in the background of the montage. A hand carefully pulls the 'i' from Kong's name. I've read the article and can't see what this represents so would love to generates some comments below
|Cropped contents page|
|For a larger image follow the link|
A larger scan can be seen by following the Note on the Magazines part of the Frank Bellamy Checklist
Another coincidental link to Bellamy (and if anyone can find these it's me - just ask my family!) is that 19 magazine carried an article in March 1976 on Gerry Cottle's Circus for whom Bellamy drew three posters
If you want to read about King Kong in print, go to M. J. Simpson's site.
To read about the history of the films - (I didn't realise Linda Hamilton did one!) see KiKn (Kong is King.net)