Sunday, September 16, 2012

Virgil Reilly Film Illustrations

 Virgil Reilly 1964

Amongst the prolific illustration work produced by Virgil Reilly during the twentieth century were film posters for newspaper advertising. The following Reilly illustrations featured in the Sydney Evening Standard during 1920.

Kevin Patrick wrote of Virgil Reilly's career in comics here.

Wartime illustrations by Virgil Reilly here.

Gallery of Reilly's painted illustrations for the Australian Woman's Weekly here.

Sample of Reilly's sequential work in Rocket Squadron #3 (Red Circle Press, 1952)

Sources:, Drawing From life - Vane Lindesay (State Library of New South Wales,1994)

Friday, September 14, 2012

English Comics Diversion: More Men Only

Another gallery of Men Only Covers from the late forties - early fifties. All featuring distinctive caricature covers produced by Irish cartoonist Edward Sylvester Hynes (1872 - 1982).

Previous Men Only cover gallery here.

Selection of Ian Dickson's Men Only cartoons here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kolynos Dental Cream - Australian Advertising

Kolynos dental cream ads featured in Australian newspapers and magazines in the 1940's with comic illustrations and format similar to the syndicated Ripley's Believe or Not panel strip of unusual facts. For the Kolynos adverts the unusual facts all relate to teeth. The Kolynos line of oral care products was created by N.S. Jenkins in 1908 and sold worldwide, eventually to be bought out by Colgate-Palmolive in 1995. Although no artists are credited on these ads, I'm fairly certain they were produced in Australia as Kolynos advertising campaigns for print and television were created in many countries including New Zealand  and Australia.


Click images below for Australian Kolynos television adverts circa 1945.

Examples of American Kolynos comic strip advertising


Another example of Kolynos advertising through comics in America was the Whitehall Pharmacal Company published , Kolynos Presents the White Guard, in 1949. The White Guard tells the story of man's efforts to protect his teeth from disease and decay.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nance Dobson

Selection of Illustrations by Nance Dobson from Western Australia newspaper The Countryman, 1927. Dobson contributed cartoons to Melbourne newspaper The Weekly Times and provided illustrations for a book of children's poems (1929) by Time's columnist Sonia Hardie.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Masskerade 70 - Emergency Ward

An uncredited three page comic from 1970 Massey capping magazine Masskerade 70. Likely a satirical take on British television soap opera Emergency - Ward 10 (1954-1967) which featured in it's own comic series from Pearson, illustrated by Eric Dadswell. The back cover exemplifies the irreverent nature of capping magazines and their satirical take on government, religion, society and their own faculties.