Tuesday, 24 May 2011

"The Fixer - A story from Sarajevo" by Joe Sacco, published by Jonathan Cape 2004

Joe Sacco writes AND illustrates this book. Very powerful drawings capturing the mood and the horrors of the war in Bosnia. There's a biography of the artist on http://www.fantagraphics.com/ (follow the links on individual artists). I'll be scanning some more pages for an other post.

Monday, 16 May 2011

"Comic Curious Cats", pictures by Martin Leman, words by Angela Carter (published by Victor Gollancz Ltd, London 1979)

I was really pleased to see that this artist is still working and has a website: http://www.martinleman.co.uk/

Martin Leman (born in London 1934) is still producing these intriguing, mysterious and beautiful pictures of cats and other things. Some originals and etchings are available from his website. The verses by Angela Carter are very amusing and mischievous enhancing the atmosphere of the pictures.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

"Colonel Sun" by Robert Markham (Glidrose Productions Ltd, 1968) Design by Tom Adams

I have to say, the original cover for this book - a la Dali - looks much more exciting (even though it hasn't much to do with the story!). Sadly I don't have this first edition but, by luck, wikipedia has it!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

"Colonel Sun", Robert Markham, published by the Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd, 1968. Designed by Barry Wilkinson

No, I haven't run out of books, I just had too many hustles and not enough time for blogging.

This isn't the original cover for this book (not the first edition) but I like it anyway - it evokes some the menace and suspense which are always part in every Bond story.

The writer is Kingsley Amis (R. Markham was just a pseudonym) in an attempt to continue the James Bond fame after Ian Flemming's death. I don't think it had much success even though it was adapted and published as a comic strip in the late sixties. You never know, it might just resurface as another Bond movie! There's also a picture of the endpapers - the location where the action takes place...