Monday 26 April 2010

More From McLoughlin

As I'm doing a hell of a lot of work on these little beauties, I thought I'd share some more with you. The amount of work Denis McLoughlin engaged in with both the Boardman Bloodhounds and the paperback editions of these stories is truly prodigious and in fact spans the period he was demobbed in 1945 until the demise of T.V. Boardman in 1967.

It's no exaggeration to say that most of these covers have never been seen by other than a small and dedicated coterie of collectors and it's a real pleasure to be able to share more of these with you today.

A very big thank you is owed by me to Steven Taylor who has been such a source of help with locating and scanning some of these hitherto unseen treasures.

Steven has a really helpful website where he is attempting to list all the Boardman Books featuring McLoughlin artwork. He's still looking for more material so if you can help, give him a shout.


  1. Incredible stuff, and as you say Peter I'm sure most of it was previously unknown to most of us (with the possible exception of some of the Fredric Brown covers). I'd love to know more about his lettering techniques as the titles are startlingly inventive (a shame he never worked for Hammer Films!).

    Getting the chance to enjoy them like this definitely ranks as one of those 'Cortez' moments!

  2. What's a Cortez moment Phil?

    His lettering which is truly inspired is a great testimony to the in house training he received when he was working at The Ward and Copley Studio in Manchester, prior to the outbreak of war.

  3. It's from Keats' poem 'On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer':

    "...Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
    When a new planet swims into his ken;
    Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
    He star'd at the Pacific - and all his men
    Look'd at each other with a wild surmise -
    Silent, upon a peak in Darien."

  4. Luverly Phil, I'm elucidated and educated - many thanks.