Saturday, January 25, 2014

Brodie Mack

Brodie Mack (Edward Brodie Mack 1897 - 1965) was the first New Zealand cartoonist to appear in American comics with his collaboration with Archie E. Martin (under the pseudonym 'Peter Amos) Kazanda featuring in six issues of the Fiction House series Rangers Comics #23 - #28. Kazanda originally appeared in Australian comic books from the NSW Bookstall Publishing Company.

 Brodie Mack Illustration from Australian Woman's Weekly

 Brodie Mack Illustrated cover for the New Zealand Freelance

Mack contributed cartoons and illustrations to the New Zealand Freelance before immigrating to Australia to take up an executive position with Fullers Theatres Ltd. representing their interests across Australasia.

Along with twenty four predominantly Sydney cartoonists including fellow New Zealander George Finey, Mack was a founding member of The Black and White Artists' club, now the longest running cartoonist's association in the world.

Army News Jan 15th 1942

June 15th 1941

The Australian Woman's Weekly June 3rd 1939

Army News Feb 5th 1942

In Australia along with his Fullers commitments Mack was a prolific artist contributing cartoons and illustrations for publications across Australia. These included, Army News (Darwin), Smith's Weekly, The Daily Mail, The Australian Woman's Weekly, Aussie, The Sydney Truth, Sunday Sun, Perth Sunday Times, The Budget and The Bulletin. Mack also produced sporting cartoons for The Daily Telegraph over a record twenty-six years from February 1937.

Established in the thirties The Brodie Mack Correspondence Art School was frequently advertised in newspapers and magazines across Australasian for the next two decades. A versatile draughtsman, Mack was equally adept at drawing realistic illustrations as he was big feet cartoons. One of New Zealand's most well respected and prolific cartoonists Peter Bromhead was a subscriber to Mack's course in the fifties. It would be interesting to know the influence of Mack's course on other cartoonists of the period.

Sources: , , , Mack, Edward Brodie, 1897-1965 :ANZAC Day (April 25th) - It's first anniversary. Can we ever forget it? Free Lance, 20 April 1916.. Various artists :Collection of newspaper clippings, photocopies and bromides of cartoons by Minhinnick (A-311-1), Mack (A-311-2) and Bird (A-311-3).. Ref: A-311-2-001. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.


Unknown said...

My eldest brother played for the Sydney Eastern Suburbs RL team during the early 1940s. He was featured in two cartons by Brodie Mack in the Sydney Daily Telegraph; one as a member of the Easts team and another as a boxer who was in an AIF boxing tournament against the US Army at the Sydney Showground (where both forces were quartered); just prior to being posted overseas in late 1942. My father had collected the two cartons by Brodie Mack. I can remember seeing the cartoon featuring Chris in the Easts team (I was 6 or 7 at the time). Those cartoons disappeared, I think my father sent them to his sister in Brisbane at the time. I have tried without success to trace those cartoons. Is it possible that there is a record in an archive or a copy of the Brodie Mack Telegraph cartoons of that era?
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Celia Howden said...

Brodie Mack Ads also appeared in "Radio & Hobbies in Australia" in the 1940's. This was a technical magazine.