Thursday, January 17, 2013
A selection of cereal adverts from the 1940's Australian Woman's Weekly. The first four Vita-Brits adverts are signed Hannan and are likely the work of Jim Hannan (John Thomas Hannan), a freelance commercial illustrator based in Melbourne, who was active during this period. Australasian distributors Gordon and Gotch were amongst Hannan's clients and he also illustrated books and produced recruitment posters during World War One.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Syd Miller's Red Gregory and The Little People
I wrote about Kolynos Dental Cream advertising here, suggesting their print campaign was likely the work of an Australian cartoonist. Comics Historian Kevin Patrick has suggested it may have been the work of Syd Miller who produced an early fantasy series for Smith's Weekly, Red Gregory and the Little People, which was collected as two comic books in the 1940's. Stylistically the work on Red Gregory is very similar to the Kolynos advertisements. Miller also had a strong record in doing comic strip advertisements, most notably as co- creator of "Chesty Bond", in the mid-late 1930s. Kevin suggested Miller as a the likely artist, "... Based on similarity of linework, depiction of curvaceous women, etc."
Syd Miller's Fatty Finn's Comic
Red Gregory and The Little People Page 5
In response to a suggestion from myself about the disparity between lettering/calligraphy styles in Red Gregory and the Little People and Kolynos work, Kevin commented, "The quality of lettering/calligraphy would have to have been of higher standard for a business advertisement client like Kolynos. Comic books/strips would have been a nice sideliner earner for Nicholls, no doubt, but wouldn't have paid as much as advertising work, I suspect."
Red Gregory and the Little People comic circa 1940's
Red Gregory and The Little People Page 4
Samples of Kolynos advertisements from the Australian Woman's Weekly
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Deeds That Thrilled Australia! was an illustrated feature in the Australian Woman's Weekly that ran for fifteen weeks from it's first appearance on August 16 1941. Readers were encouraged to mail in their own wartime experiences and tales of unsung heroes to the magazine with a selection of them then vividly Illustrated by Noel Cook, a regular contributor of gag cartoons and painted illustrations to the Weekly.
November 22 1941
November 1 1941
November 15 1941
November 8 1941
October 25 1941
Deeds That Thrilled Australia © Estate of Noel Cook Source: trove.nla.gov.au
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Australasian magazines and papers were laden with advertising during wartime urging the populace to support the war effort through various means. The selection below are from World War Two are from the Australian Woman's Weekly. Though uncredited, it is possible regular weekly illustrators Virgil Reilly, Wep, Noel Cook, Amandus Julius Fischer, Arthur Sharland Boothroyd, and Wynn W Davies contributed to these campaigns.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Advertising featuring comic strips from 1930's Australian Woman's Weekly. Artist's are uncredited but possibly include Wep, Noel Cook, Amandus Julius Fischer, Arthur Sharland Boothroyd, and Wynn W Davies who all contributed cartoons and illustrations to the magazine during this period.