Tuesday, 28 March 2017

"Tiramola" comics by Roberto Renzi (published in Greece by KABANAS-HELLAS, 1970's)

Couldn't resist in showing parts of this tattered comic from my childhood - many fond memories of this bizarre elastic superhero who can take any shape, expand, become liquid, spring, string etc in order to escape from and capture the bad guys. This was an Italian comic created back in 1952 by Roberto Renzi (born 1923) but became extremely popular in Greece and ran for decades. You can see lots of wonderful Tiramola covers on this Greek website: http://www.mycomics.gr/Serafino/Serafino.htm
Also this article on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiramolla

Sunday, 26 March 2017

"Wonderbus 7 - Perry Colour Books" Illustrated By Leslie Butler (published by Powell Perry c1942-44, Putney UK) - Part 4

This is a very strange and eccentric book - but the pictures are just beautiful. I was really lucky to find it - and it hardly cost me anything! It was published some time during World War II by a little known publisher, Powell Perry. At the time he was an officer based in Farnham Castle, in charge of producing camouflage work for the British army. Apparently, he then employed the camouflage artists supplied the Women's Voluntary Services to illustrate picture books for children - his family having a printing business in Putney! Unfortunately there isn't much information about how many titles were published, what years exactly or anything on the man himself and the artists even though their books are of superb quality. I got this information from Joe Pearson's excellent website: http://designfortoday.co.uk/blog/2015/5/5/perry-colour-books

Monday, 6 March 2017

"Richard Scarry's Best Story Book Ever" By Richard Scarry (First published in 1970 by The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, Third Impression 1972) Part 4

This book is a compilation of several older stories by the famous American author/illustrator Richard Scarry (1919-1994), ranging from 1950 to 1968. This explains the variation in drawing styles and structure in the stories themselves. Apart from the great colours and compositions, the clarity in the stories and visual humour Scarry's drawing skills are just incredible! Every object is so well observed, the shapes,textures and patterns so accurate, yet the pictures appear to be simple and easy to the eye - just perfect for the young reader. Just look at those frogs above - exciting, funny and yet quite realistic! Classic.