Monday, October 19, 2015
Number 1802: Men in Space: Swift Morgan
Swift was featured in a series which ran in the early fifties in a British comic paper. It was created and drawn by artist Denis McLoughlin, assisted by his brother, Colin, who scripted.
McLoughlin was an artist who drew in a style influenced by Americans. He was a prolific cover artist for UK editions of American and British crime and mystery novels. He also did pulp magazines (covers and interior illos) and comic books. His career,which ended by suicide in 2002, was capped by twenty years of drawing the UK Commando series. I bought the book, The Art of Denis McLoughlin by David Ashford. I am impressed by the quality of this artist's output in a combination autobiography, biography and illustrated catalog of his work.
I found the story online, reproduced from a black line comic interior. The color (sorry, I mean “colour”) cover is scanned from the The Art of Denis McLoughlin. (More below the story.)
The book I am refering to is a 950 copy limited edition, which I found available from a third party seller on Amazon.com, at a very reasonable price.
The prolific McLoughlin was also well known for his Western illustrations. He was fascinated by the subject, and had a large reference library at his home .
Here are a couple of his cover illustrations from the book, which show his versatility in style and subject matter. I especially like his moody, noir-styled illustrations in deep shadows. He drew some beautiful women, too...a must for pulps and paperbacks.