Dr Gale, Mrs Peel, Tara King… We’re Needed – on New Avengers Posters!

Art and Hue - The Avengers - Steed and Peel

Following the success of last year’s pop art featuring The Avengers John Steed and Mrs Peel, Art & Hue‘s collection has been expanded to include fellow spies Cathy Gale (played on screen by Honor Blackman) and Tara King (Linda Thorson) as Tara King, and is now online.

Art & Hue - The Avengers - Cathy Gale Art & Hue - The Avengers - Tara KingMonths in the planning, it’s the largest Art & Hue collection to date, an official collaboration with Studiocanal, the copyright-holders of the cult British 1960s TV show.

Art & Hue had the pleasure of diving into Studiocanal’s extensive library of production and publicity photography at Pinewood Studios to create this group of exclusive pop art prints in homage to cult 1960s British TV show The Avengers, the tale of British spies, and talented amateurs, foiling the dastardly plots of diabolical masterminds.

This official collaboration has resulted in this collection of pop art prints, in Art & Hue’s signature halftone style, available in a choice of 17 colours and three sizes.

Art & Hue - The Avengers - Gallery Art & Hue - The Avengers - Ladies2016 marks the 55 year anniversary of the cult TV show’s debut in 1961. Broadcast on ITV in the UK and ABC in the United States, the show defined the 1960s, running from 1961 to 1969, during which time The Avengers fought off Russian double-agents, dodgy politicians, and power-crazed businessmen across London – how times have changed!

Smart and stylish, The Avengers pop art collection features Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson as John Steed, Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King.

Transcending fickle trends, The Avengers have been perpetually stylish for over 50 years. Paragons of elegance and ingenuity, they became instant fashion icons with famous London designers wanting to work on the show.

Art & Hue - The Avengers - John Steed Art & Hue - The Avengers - What Would Emma Peel Do?Innovative at the time and enthralling to this day, The Avengers led the way with independent and resourceful women on television. The story goes that the part of Cathy Gale was originally written for a man but with no time to adjust the scripts, Honor Blackman pioneered the first strong female character on British TV. Honor Blackman’s tough leather outfits made a lasting impression on audiences and her “kinky” boots led to a song, recorded by Honor and Patrick.

John Bates, credited with inventing the mini-skirt, created a wonderful monochrome op-art collection especially for Emma Peel, then Alun Hughes designed the iconic jumpsuits which became known as “Emmapeelers”.

There aren’t many men who can carry off the impeccable uniform of a quintessential English gent – yet Patrick Macnee looked like he was born in a bowler hat. Always immaculate, John Steed was sartorial perfection in his Savile Row tailoring, most of which he apparently co-designed.

As with other posters we’ve featured recently, these would be ideal gifts for fans of the show or for a hit of retro nostalgia – or take a look at the other pop art collections at the website, if classic Thunderbirds, for example, is more to your taste.

• Visit artandhue.com/theavengers to see the full range

• If you want to relive the series, or discover it anew, the complete collection is available as a DVD box set or you can find the Emma Peel episodes on Blu-ray

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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