Dark Inheritance by Roberta Leigh
Over on Bear Alley Steve Holland has put up two previously unrecorded dust jacket illustrations by Frank Bellamy. These are for romance novels, My True Love by Denise Robins and Dark Inheritance by Roberta Leigh, both published by the Valentine Romance Book Club in 1954.
Frank Bellamy of course is one of the best comic artists that Britain has ever produced having worked on Dan Dare
in original Eagle
in TV Century 21
in the Daily Mirror.
His work has appeared in many more places that those publications and Norman Boyd’s Frank Bellamy Checklist Blog
is well worth reading for the more obscure items that Bellamy has produced.
Roberta Leigh is the professional name of Janey Scott, a novelist and painter who is perhaps best known to us here on downthetubes
as the creator of two of the Gerry Anderson puppet series, The Adventures Of Twizzle
and Torchy The Battery Boy,
and the non-Anderson science fiction puppet series Space Patrol
. Comic strips based on all three of these series appeared in various British comics in the 1960s. Twizzle
appeared in TV Land
in Harold Hare’s Own Paper
and Space Patrol
in both TV Comic
and The Beezer
plus two issues of Super Mag
As well as writing novels Robert Leigh also wrote storybooks, both softcover and annual style, for children based on her TV series with at least four appearing for Twizzle and nine for Torchy. Due to their age, their intended audience and presumably low print runs, these are amongst the scarcest Gerry Anderson related books and pose a real challenge for collectors to find.
Roberta Leigh’s website, which covers her paintings, can be found here
while her novels, written under various pseudonyms, can be found here
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.