Yup pardner it's more of them thar U.K. Wild West comics, from the primordial mist that preceded the arrival of Eagle comic.
And here as a contrast to the work of the young Ron Embleton that featured on yesterday's blog, is the work of Denis McLoughlin, TV Boardman illustrator in residence and the man who with the assistance of his younger brother Colin scripting, created all the comics that TV Boardman published bar the Embleton issue of Buffalo Bill.
McLoughlin's love of U.S. comics and film is well to the fore in the pages from this comic, he was fascinated with both from an early age. By the time he was working on these comics he had just turned thirty, had recently been demobbed and prior to his war service had worked at Ward and Copley. Ward and Copley was a graphics studio in Manchester, where McLoughlin had learned his trade covering a variety of tasks until work dried up, his call up papers arriving on the heels of his redundancy notice.
Interesting to contrast the two artists work, both with a very strong sense of lighting and drama. McLoughlin's work lacks the confident figure work of Embleton's but engages more with props and characterization. Both are charming in their own distinctive way.
Comic Cuts — 3 December 2021
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