Painted covers by Virgil Reilly from the Australian Women's Weekly during 1939.
Australian Cartoonist/Illustrator Virgil Reilly was born today in 1892.
Above: Paul Wheelhan's The Panther #3
Below: Twilight Ranger, art by Keith Chatto, story by Michael Noonan
Across two series Silver Flash and his Frog-men and Captain Silver Flash artist/writer Virgil Reilly produced upwards of 1200 pages of comic art. Where did all that art go and where can I get four 300 page collections of it?
Australian reprint of US newspaper strip Tim Tyler's Luck published by Invincible Comics. Tim Tyler's Luck ran ran from August 13, 1928, until August 1996 and employed several artists including Alex Raymond and Burne Hogarth.
Bask in the glory of this comic by Terry Murphy, I like how he uses ink washes in the introductory splash panels, not just filling in line work but also creating textures with solid brush strokes of ink.
Virgil Reilly made a significant contribution to Australian comics during a concentrated period in the 1950's with his work on Silver Flash, Punch Perkins, The Invisible Avenger and assorted war comics. Reilly was also a prolific illustrator of magazines, books, and newspapers. Many of Reilly's war comics were reprinted and repackaged in the sixties, at least as late as 1966.
Kevin Patrick at Comics Down Under has an extensive profile of Reilly's career here.
I'm unsure of the original publication the Virgil Reilly war comic below featured in but I found it in one of the glorious 300 page compilation comics that at one time dotted the bookshops and newstands of Australia. GREAT COMICS BOOK is filled with reprinted American material and two full length Virgil Reilly war comics. Most of Reilly's true life war comics were Naval stories and are frequently set up with an adult telling a child about a particular battle during the War. This example is the only one I've come across that features a coda concluding the story back in the present where it began.