|Sunday Times17 August 1975|
Richard Sheaf pointed out to me a comment by Terry Bave on Frank Bellamy. He saw it in the new book by Terry, which is published on Lulu.com. Who's Terry Bave you might ask? Well like many of the artists who worked for D.C. Thompson and Fleetway in my youth, their artwork was very familiar across many comics and characters, but their name was never known to me - one reason I liked Frank Bellamy, he signed his work and got away with it! Thank God for enthusiasts who uncover this stuff!
Lew Stringer wrote about Terry's exaggerated demise (he's still with us...check out his blog which hopefully will grow with many examples of his art!) and shows off some examples of Terry's gorgeous artwork. Any search on the Web will garner enough examples too. (Try http://images.google.com and type in "Terry Bave"). George Shiers has reviewed the book here
"In August 1975 I was invited by The Sunday Times newspaper to assist with the preparation, followed by the ﬁnal judging, of a super comic strip competition for children. The competition was divided into three age groups between ﬁve and ﬁfteen years, with each group invited to complete a short comic The ﬁrst frame had already been completed by a professional cartoonist. In the ﬁve to seven age group the ﬁrst frame was drawn by John Ryan (of Captain Pugwash fame), in the eight to eleven age group I drew the ﬁrst frame, for the twelve to ﬁfteen age Frank Bellamy (who sadly died in July 1976), drew the ﬁrst frame. At the outcome I had warned the organizers that there could be an enormous response from their young readers, would they be prepared? The weekend that the competition appeared thousands of children ﬁlled in the blank frames and sent them in, the editor's office was inundated"Fortunately I have a photocopy of the item in question (see the top picture) from the Sunday Times (p.27 in the Weekly Review section) "Who will win our comic strip competition?"
The brief biography of Bellamy has so many errors I shan't comment, but one would hope that the quotation is not incorrect. David Bellamy tells us in his book Time View: Complete "Doctor Who" Illustrations of Frank Bellamy that he used to sit with his father sometimes at night when he worked.
The single panel Bellamy drew shows "Captain Min headed for galactic planet Tosca when electric storms force him to dock on a worn out satellite" with Captain Min thinking "I get a creepy feeling we're not alone…" The monster looks very similar to others Bellamy drew in TV21 and for Doctor Who in the Radio Times
Thanks to Richard for prompting my blogging once again.