Australian Cartoonists Art Dump #3

Above: Maurice Bramley cover for In Battle Action No. 72

Below: Peter Chapman's Sir Falcon.

Below: John Dixon's Crimson Comic. When I was about eight years I bought a Crimson Comet comic from a carboot in a muddy paddock at a flea market in provincial New Zealand. Unbelievably one hundred and fifteen years later I still have that comic.

Every day I wake up and wonder is this the day Nat Karmichael announces he'll be publishing the complete Tim Valour by John Dixon? A phone book collection of these tight adventure stories would be a gift to mankind...

These King Size Comic anthologies have stunning covers by an unknown artist. They chiefly contain American reprints but invariably would have an Australian comic like Stan and Reg Pitt's Silver Starr. A smarter person than me like Kevin Patrick or Daniel Best could have written about these in a smarter way.

The Adventures of Flash Cain No. 3 collects comics from Cavalcade magazine by Phil Belbin, cover by Devil Doone mainstay artist Hart Amos.

Even when guesting in other heroes comics the Phantom Ranger could oddly be relied upon to find a Mexican to punch in the face.

Kent Blake of the Secret Service #18? There seventeen issues before this one? Nat, while you're assembling that Tim Valour phone book can I please also get an inch thick collection of Monty Wedd's Kent Blake comics?

Montague Thomas Archibald 'Monty' Wedd (1921–2012)

Australian cartoonist Monty Wedd was born today in 1921 and over the course of his life was a prominent creator of newspaper & magazine cartoons and comics books. Amongst his creations were The Scorpion, Bold Ben Hall, The Ned Kelly historical strip, Captain Justice, King Comet, and the Australian history strip Birth of A Nation. During the fifties Wedd contributed to a line of card-bound educational comics depicting important occasions in Australasian history. Wedd also worked in animation for Artransa and Eric Porter on series such as Marco Polo Junior Versus the Red Dragon, Charlie Chan, The Lone Ranger, Rocket Robin Hood and Super Friends. Over the rest of today I'll be posting samples from various works by Monty Wedd.

Last year Comicoz produced a lavish hardcover collection of Wedd's Ned Kelly strips, currently available on special in the Comicoz store.

Monty Wedd in 1960 with his collection of War Relics

Below: A selection of Wedd illustrated covers for The Australian Chucklers Weekly.