Now, it's a mystery to me who this illustrator "Hutchings" might be - a man, woman or a team of artists - but the work is amazing. Here's a link to another fellow blogger who came across exactly the same problem! http://fishinkblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/searching-for-hutchings-in-1969/ His book is called "Nurseryland Annual 1969" ("anything...land" seems to have been quite a trend with Odham Books in 1969) and signed Hutchings. We will probably never know the artist's full identity but we can surely enjoy the pictures...
Unlike the films or the novels, the baddies in real life don't always get hanged in the end - they don't even get arrested! If only that war was conducted like the current crisis between Russia and the West, where countries freeze each others' assets instead of shooting, millions of innocent people would have been spared. And who would care if a handful of super-rich men lost their precious billions anyway? Nobody should ever forget the horrors that all wars bring on all sides and let's hope our leaders know a little bit of history if nothing else.
Two more by H.M. Bateman - I love the animated figures and their impossible poses! Just imagine, these were created some ten years prior to Mickey Mouse, Popeye or Betty Boop! Impressive drawings. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._M._Bateman
With the hundredth anniversary of World War I coming up this year I thought this book will be of some interest. It came out in 1919 (my copy is of the 9th edition) so I suppose it carries the views and attitudes of its time and is obviously very patriotic and quite biased towards the British perspective. Still, it has some funny moments even though there was nothing to laugh about in all the senseless massacres of that war.