Saturday, January 28, 2012

Maurice Bramley

Maurice Bramley was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand in the late nineteenth century. Bramley migrated to Sydney in the 1920's and worked as a commercial illustrator for newspapers and magazines from the 1930's through to the 1950's. Bramley worked on a wide range of material from advertising campaigns to newspaper and pulp illustrations. Later he depicted Marvel superheroes on the covers of Australian reprints of familiar titles like The Avengers and Strange Tales. From the late fifties to the early seventies he worked in Australian comics including stints on war and western titles for Page Publications and Horwitz Publishing House.

Examples of Australian comics Bramley illustrated

Australian comics historian Kevin Patrick has researched Bramley extensively and written about him here and  here and here and here.

Daniel McKeown wrote about Bramley here and provides examples of his pulp and comic cover work.

In the fifties Bramley and his wife Dell lived in Tuross, New South Wale. The Tuross village website feature details of Bramley's career here.

Below are samples of his fifties illustrations for Pocket Book Storyteller Weekly.

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