Tuesday, 24 July 2012


And now...the penultimate episode in this six-part adventure
starring STEVE ZODIAC and the crew of FIREBALL XL5.  (Originally
featured in TV CENTURY 21 #37, cover-dated October 9th, 2065.)  Off
the top of my head, I can't think of another U.K. artist other than MIKE
NOBLE who employed the 'torch in the face' lighting technique usually
associated with U.S. comics creator WALLACE WOOD.

Admittedly, there's no example of it in the accompanying
two pages, but it was often evident in many of the strips that he
illustrated in his long and illustrious career.  (I'm not suggesting that
Noble imitated Wood, only that there was sometimes a similarity
in the way they both rendered shadows on faces.)

Noble really was a brilliant storyteller, and his action scenes were
always compelling and second to none.  Of the four Fireball Annual
covers from the '60s, it is arguably the one by Mike Noble that remains
in people's memories so long after the fact.  Quite a few artists, amongst
them the renowned FRANK HAMPSON and DON LAWRENCE, drew
the exploits of Fireball XL5 (in TV21 and other publications) over the
years, but Noble remains the one most associated with the strip.  No
mean feat in the face of such stiff competition.

Anyway, hopefully you've been enjoying this look back to
yesteryear, and will join us again soon for the final part of this
action-packed adventure.  (For Part Six, click here.)


wayne thompson said...

Seeing these images just takes me back and to Saturday morning and the eagerness to pick up my copy of TV21.The line up of artist was tremendous.Loved Mike Nobles dynamic art style and the way he captured the look of the puppets. So sad that the great British comic art is no longer around.But great to see these images on your brilliant blog.

Kid said...

Thanks, Wayne. I wish you'd post more on your blog 'though. As for Mike Noble, he really was a brilliant storyteller - his panels flowed smoothly from one to the other and always had dynamic action.

wayne thompson said...

I tend to use my flickr page here's a link to it:http://www.flickr.com/photos/wayne_thompson_cartooons_illustration/

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