Brodie Mack and Peter Amos Publications

Above: Page from Rangers Comic #23 published by Fiction House, June 1945.

As well as collaborating on the first Australian comic reprinted in the US, Kazanda, New Zealand cartoonist Brodie Mack and Australian writer Archie E. Martin (under pseudonym Peter Amos) produced a series of publications published in Sydney combining Mack's drawings and Martin's prose.

Phantom Pants - A Fantasy in Silk - 28 pages of Illustrations by Brodie Mack and prose by Peter Amos. Published by Ballards Pty Ltd, Sydney 1938.

If It's Not A Rude Question, 32 pages, published by NSW Bookstall Company, Sydney in 1938.

Hooey! 38 pages, published by NSW Bookstall Company, Sydney 1944.

The Home Magazine - Gallery

The Home An Australian Quarterly

An article in The Brisbane Telegraph, 27th March 1922, wrote of the launch of The Home magazine:

The directors of this new magazine announce that it is a definite attempt to serve, in one good Australian publication, a useful purpose which is achieved elsewhere by many good foreign publications— and that purpose may be stated as keeping readers well informed in matters of domestic taste. The architecture of homes, large and small, has its due place, and then come practical illustrations of Interior decorations. The cult of dress is not to be omitted (how could it be when you are dealing with the real home ?) and something good in the way of fashions from Paris, Lon don, and New York is provided. "All the arts which subserve the art of living will come within our scope." So say the directors. If there is an art of living, there must be many arts subserving it; and, beyond doubt, if the first number of "The Home" is a criterion, those subservient arts are not, merely useful, but productive of great beauty. Probably the very title of this new publication explains better what the directors aim at than thousands of words. All that need be said Is that "The Home" bids fair to live up to the hopes of its directors; "it will adopt a standard of its own, living solely for Australian needs." After all, we might just as well know of what Australia is capable in the way of building and beautifying homes.

Walter J. Dowman (15th Jan 1889 - 15 Feb 1951)

Walter J. Dowman was a cartoonist and painter in the early twentieth century and also contributed to The Bulletin, Young Australia, the Daily Telegraph, the Australian Woman's Mirror, Smith's Weekly, and the Labor Daily. Dowman also illustrated book covers including pulp novels and exhibited paintings in Sydney during the 1920's - 1940's. During the depression of the early 1930s Walter set up his own commercial art business in a large studio in Hamilton Street and later in nearby Bond Street Hurstville. He maintained his own commercial rooms until his death.

Walter J. Dowman Conducting Art Tution in his Studio

Samples of Walter J. Dowman cartoons below from the Molong Express and Western District Advertiser.

Walter J. Dowman illustrated book, Australian animals : descriptions and verse by J. MacCallum.