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 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.
2016 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.
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
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.