Barrie Linklater

Just because we were discussing various artists in the Eagle Annual 1965 and Dan Dare’s Space Annual 1963 David Slinn kindly sent me the images below and I felt they were better shared, than sat on my hard drive (and that is the purpose of this infrequent blog!)

They are the endpapers drawn by Barrie Linklater  for the Eagle Annual 1963. Linklater’s art can be seen (and bought) from the link in Steve Holland’s biography –  Illustration Gallery.

As David says, “as you’ll see, more than capable of handling futuristic subjects.” His art on “War of the Worlds” certainly shows both future and past! Could he be the artist of the Dan Dare cover on the 1965 annual? If someone knows Barrie or can get him to send me an email to deny or confirm this would give a lot of Eagle readers some peace! He doesn’t mention his comic work on his website but looking at the area he moves in now I’m not surprised! But maybe I’m tracking the wrong guy! Someone put me out of misery, please!

 

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Eagle Annual 1963

 

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Eagle Annual 1963

As an aside, I knew one of the men who worked on the Blue Streak and he was exceedingly disappointed that the project was cancelled and one suspects carried that burden for the rest of his life. The cancellation of the project was extremely embarrassing for the UK Government.

 

 

Adele Collins in Lilliput magazine

I was writing about Raymond Sheppard’s work in a copy of Lilliput 1956, July to be precise, and discovered a bit about this lady and felt someone might be searching for information about her so I’m sharing what I have.

Lilliput July 1956

Lilliput July 1956

The Lilliput magazine contents page always credited the artists who drew the covers but from November 1955 the publisher used a photograph (with a few ‘designer’ covers in the later Fifties) and often the photographer (and subject) are not credited. However in this issue there is a feature about “The daring young lady on the firmly attached flying trapeze”.  Below is a small resolution scan of the double page article

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The lady in question is Adele Collins (not the modern singer!) who appeared in Vogue and other fashion magazines and whose famous portrait by Norman Parkinson appeared in the National Portrait Gallery. She is featured again in a later Lilliput that someone has already scanned.

Here are two full page scans of the feature. Enjoy yourselves!

Lilliput July 1956 p.40

Lilliput July 1956 p.40

Lilliput July 1956 p.41

Lilliput July 1956 p.41