Supermoose chocolate bar and Peter Ford

Countdown 006_1971_Mar_27 Pg 24

Countdown  #6 27 March 1971, p.24

A recent email prompted me to look into Supermoose, as I was investigating whether Frank Bellamy produced some advertising for the chocolate bar.  I remember the milky chocolate bar (from Cadbury Limited) which I thought more substantial than Milky Way (Mars Limited). It appeared in 1970, as far as I can ascertain, and was “a chocolate covered nougatine whip”, perhaps explaining why I liked it better than Milky Way!

It appears that the cartoons are by Peter Ford, who has an interesting, but brief history on the Internet.

Steve Holland points out his realistic artwork in Commando comics and John Freeman’s DowntheTubes lists a few of the reprinted stories he did. Peter Gray’s comic and art blog mentions his work on “Dad’s Army” in Countdown‘s later incarnation as TV Action and ComicsUK Forum shows he also illustrated “Motormouse and Autocat” strips too. He has also illustrated some “Bewitched” strips which appeared in Lady Penelope in the second half of the 1960s.

Matthew Emery (on the above mentioned forum) says:

Mick Anglo described him in his book on the fifties as, ‘a stocky Maori who used to draw adventure strips in which Aeroplanes often featured.’

Gerry Embleton shared the following, “Peter Ford was a very dear friend of mine when I was in my very early twenties. He was a wonderful character, he sang in amateur opera, played the guitar, was a talented cartoonist and comic strip artist, a paratroop instructor, a judo third Dan and ran a school, and was a school teacher. These separate worlds rarely had contact with each other and when he died representatives of his different interests gathered at his funeral and were amazed to discover how wide his interests were. He was quite a formidable character having a Polynesian anatomy, very big and powerful, a fierce warrior look when angry and a huge white toothed smile.”

From what I’ve researched he very likely grew up in Poplar.

Shaqui on the above Forum mentions that: “[Regarding] “Perils of Parker”, [i]n fact Gerry Embleton did the first 20 or so, then there was a ‘crossing over’ period as Embleton and Ford shared a studio, before Ford took over the strip entirely.”

and later states

“…[H]aving corresponded with his close friend Gerry Embleton, Peter Ford sadly died of a heart attack in the 1970s.”

If you follow Matthew emery’s pursuit of information at Rootschat.com you’ll see, he was an expert in Judo as well as an artist!

Anyway back to the Supermoose series. It surprised me when I researched a bit further as it started in issue 6 (27 March 1971) of Countdown and continued until issue 31 (18 September 1971) without a break. Most appeared on the back page, but sometimes moved inside in order a special feature appear in its stead.

If anyone can add anything, let me know

Countdown 007 Pg 15

Countdown 008 Pg 24
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And the last strip that I have found was published in Countdown issue 31 (18 September 1971)

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Norman Thelwell

My wife and I visited Hampshire recently in order to see the Norman Thelwell exhibition (16 January to 10 April 2016, 11am – 5pm)at the National Trust property, Mottisfont House. I was really pleased to see that the captions, which were excellent, stated that all the artwork on display was “On loan from the Thelwell Family Archive”. I hope they won’t mind me sharing these crude photographs all taken by me, and thus including reflections!

It was wonderful to walk round a few rooms and find older people than me laughing out loud. The cartoons still work so well and as one caption stated:

“In some ways Thelwell was out of step with conventions for cartoons in post-war Britain – these were often political and urban in outlook and acerbic in tone. […] Thelwell’s approach was completely different. His style was always naturalistic  and he included a great deal of descriptive detail. […] Although he said that politics bored him, Thelwell did produce cartoons that used humour to protest against environmental issues.”

 

The following are borrowed from the Mottisfont website (All Thelwell material is © The Estate of Norman Thelwell, and the official website has great stuff that I have no need to reproduce here!):

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Romsey Abbey

Romsey Abbey by Norman Thelwell

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Ron Embleton in The Crackerjack Western Book published by The Children’s Press

I found these on the web recently and thought them worth posting. I believe the given date of 1959 as the British Library’s copy (if the same book) states [1960], but these things are hard to date. They are by Ron Embleton, an artist I saw a lot when growing up in the late fifties, sixties and seventies. His work appeared in many of the comics of my youth such as ‘Stingray’ in TV21, and many illustrations of historical subjects in Look & Learn. Even my Mother and Father-in-Law had one of his “Victorian sellers” pictures, or was is “Victorian children’s games”? You can buy lots of his original artwork from the nice people at Illustration Art Gallery.

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Roger Hall’s cover to the 1959(?) Crackerjack Western Book

"Express Delivery" illustrated by Ron Embleton

“Express Delivery” illustrated by Ron Embleton, p130

p.126

Ron Embleton p.132

Ron Embleton p.128

Ron Embleton p.134

Ron Embleton p.130

Ron Embleton p.136

Ron Embleton p.131

Ron Embleton p.137

Ron Embleton p.140

Ron Embleton p.140

Ron Embleton p.142

Ron Embleton p.142

Ron Embleton p.143

Ron Embleton p.143

Das Herz der Julia Köster- The Heart of Juliet Jones

I’ve been clearing out my Mother’s house and found  a lot of very tatty love stories in German. They’ve all been put in recyling as they are too tatty to do anything with, but by accident I spotted one I’d thrown for recycling which opened up at a very familiar page.

Just so nothing is wasted and in case someone is researching Stan Drake’s creation, here are the three pages of Stella-Roman Bd. 377 (‘Band’ meaning ‘issue’) which I guess appeared in the 1970s as that’s when my Mum was likely to have got these! But it’s a guess! Stella Roman means ‘Stella Novel’ but I discovered there was a person called that too – who’d have known!

According to the Grand Comics Database the story Das Herz der Julia Köster was published in German in 1953 by Walter Lehning Verlag. And if you want the English version see Classical Comics website for some fantastic stories and artwork.

 

Stella Roman Band 377

Stella Roman Band 377

Das Herz der Julia Köster

Das Herz der Julia Köster

Das Herz der Julia Köster

Das Herz der Julia Köster

Das Herz der Julia Köster

Das Herz der Julia Köster

 

The other thing that piqued my interest was the following novel “Die Zeit mit Leon” by Willo Davis Roberts, “a novel of love and secrets”  and published by Erich PabelVerlag  in Germany in June 1973. The bit cropped off the top says “Der Spannungsroman für Frauen” (mystery fiction for women). The original American title was “The Devil Boy”. Why did I notice this particularly, the cover. It so looks like a DC comic cover from the seventies but which one?

 

Gaslichtroman #51

Gaslichtroman #51

Rowland Hilder

I love Rowland Hilder’s naturalism – paintings of the countryside. His watercolours show a light touch and a person who knows the English light in all seasons.I realised who he was from the style of his art

But this was new to me. Hilder as an architectural artist? This appeared in Lilliput February 1951 and I liked the clearly delineated Art Deco building. Imagine my surprise to find it still exist – but only just!

Lilliput 1951 February p12

Lilliput 1951 February p12 Rowland Hilder

 

I managed to capture the building – which looks run down – from Google Streetview

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Royal Arsenal's Co-operative Society building, Powis Street

 

and then it occured to me to look further….

Francis Frith have an old shot of the building, the ‘True Londoner’ has scanned an old postcard and thanks to JinnytheSquinny we have a wiki photo showing how run down it is and thanks to urban adventurers we have some of the decaying inside captured!

How sad that it’s been left to decay so badly, and will soon be knocked down if Greenwich Council gets its way. Mind you it would take loads to re-develop!

Secret London tells us: This Art Deco extension was opened in 1938, designed by the company architect SW Ackeroyd. The metal Crittall windows are a notable Art Deco feature – the firm did windows on the Titanic. Sadly, by the mid-1980s, RACS had over-extended itself and had to sell out to the Co-operative Movement. 136-152 Powis Street SE18