Alongside some great temporary exhibitions, comic art on show at London’s Cartoon Museum recently included a fantastic display looking at art in girls comics, a display which has proven very popular and will continue until the end of this year.
Art on display as part of a special “In Focus” exhibit included pages from (Princess) Tina, Girl and School Friend, such as art from “Jane Bond” by Mike Hubbard, from Princess Tina, a strip that is the focus of a new collection from Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics imprint, The Best of Jane Bond, out next April. (More information here).
Only part of the display is still on display, including art from “Patty’s World”, the majority of the girls comics art replaced by a display of cartoons by Mary Darly, the first female pro cartoonist in Britain, and a New Yorker cartoonist – Sarah Akinterinwa – addressing the same issues in a modern way.
These images of the “In Focus” exhibit first featured on Richard Sheaf’s excellent Boys Adventure Comics blog, and are cross posted here with his kind permission.
These images of the exhibit should wet your appetite for David Roach’s forthcoming book, A Very British Affair, which will bring together some of the greatest British romance comics ever printed in one spectacular volume – many of them never reprinted before.
Scheduled for publication in January 2023 and curated by Eisner-nominated historian and artist David Roach, this sumptuous 224-page hardcover will be the first book to chart the stratospheric rise of romance comics in postwar Britain.
The Cartoon Museum is a London museum of British editorial cartoons, caricatures and comic strips from the 18th Century to the present. Please be aware they do not currently display animation. You can check their collection page to get an idea of what they have on display.
Current temporary exhibitions are Bryan Talbot’s Luther Arkwright: 50 years of a British comics legend, which runs until 2nd October 2022; and Sarah Akinterinwa & Mary Darly: A Dialogue, which runs until 13th November 2022.
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Curated by Eisner-nominated historian and artist David Roach, A Very British Affair charts the stratospheric rise of romance comics in postwar Britain with a selection of the greatest romance comics ever printed in the UK. Featuring an eclectic mix of artists from Spain, Italy, and the UK, this collection unearths the sensual art and emotional writing which delighted generations of comics readers.
Featuring over 50 comics stories – many of which have never been reprinted before – this lavish book is a stunning tribute to the often uncredited creators who crafted an industry of love. Roach shines a spotlight on the Spanish and Italian artists who dominated romance, as well as the genre’s forgotten female contributors, like Jenny Butterworth, Pat Tourett and Diane Gabbott.
Featuring art by comics icons like Shirley Bellwood (Misty), Jordi Badía Romero (Creepy) and Enrique Badía Romero (AXA), Mike Hubbard (Jane), Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd), John M. Burns (Modesty Blaise), Purita Campos (Patty’s World), Jesus Blaco (Steel Claw), Pepe Gonzalez (Vampirella) Jesus Redondo (Kitty Pryde) and Blas Gallego (Black Beth).
It’s the Swingin’ Sixties, and there’s only one spy standing between crime and world domination – and her name is Jane Bond!
Jane Bond, Secret Agent, is the finest spy on Worldpol’s roster. Armed with her wits, her fists, and an array of futuristic tech, she is our last line of defense against a international criminal underworld. From fighting a school of super villainesses, to foiling plans to melt to Artic ice caps, to escaping the clutches of a giant mechanical lobster, there’s no shortage of dangerous missions Jane must undertake for Queen and Country!
This collection of campy espionage adventure from 1960s girls’ comic Princess Tina is lovingly restored to its full glory, and is lavishly illustrated throughout by Mike Hubbard, the artist of iconic Daily Mirror strip, Jane.
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