Dan Dare artist’s wildlife art on sale on eBay

"Down In The Forest Something Stirred" by Desmond Walduck
“Down In The Forest Something Stirred” by Desmond Walduck

Best known to downthetubes readers for his work on the original “Dan Dare” strip for Eagle, Desmond Eric Walduck was also a talented artist – and one of his woodland scenes is currently being auctioned on eBay.

Offered for just over £450, the watercolour, titled “Down In The Forest Something Stirred”, is signed by the artist.

Desmond Eric Walduck was a Islington-born freelance artist who joined the Dan Dare team in the early 1950s. His major task was finishing the artwork of other artists, most notably Frank Hampson. He also worked on some episodes himself, such as the end of “Operation Saturn” in 1954 and the complete episode “Prisoners of Spac in 1955-56.

Other comic stories by Walduck are “Sammy in Space” with Bruce Cornwell for Swift, “Red Devil Dean” for Express Weekly in 1955-56 and “Slaves of War Orphan Farm” for Tammy in 1971.

Walduck, who was also a book illustrator, passed away in Hammersmith, London, in late 1995.

The auction ends mid-afternoon tomorrow (Saturday 10th June 2017)

Here’s a couple of his previously sold paintings

Shelduck at Itchenor by Desmond Walduck
“Shelduck at Itchenor” by Desmond Walduck
Mallards and the Ocoming Storm by Desmond Walduck
“Mallards and the Ocoming Storm” by Desmond Walduck

Thanks to Richard Sheaf for this information via Boys Adventures blog

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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