The ongoing series of quarterly perfect-bound full colour magazines
began with this issue in 2012.
Anyone interested in illustrating art will cherish these magazines.
This issue features a lengthy article about Denis McLoughlin – 44 pages lavishly illustrated with his often gritty book covers. McLoughlin mainly concentrated on hard-boiled crime but also westerns, including the Buffalo Bill annuals I recall from my childhood. Indeed, McLoughlin, who hailed from Bolton, Lancashire, was so knowledgeable about the Old West that he produced The Encyclopedia of the Old West (original title Wild and Woolly) in 1975: a veritable mine of information!
There follows 22 pages of an interview with artist Ian Kennedy. Again, every page features samples of his comic illustrations and paintings, notably from the Commando comics that have been around since 1961. An outstanding artist, sadly missed (he died 5 February this year).
Next is a feature on the ‘Alluring Art of Angel Badia Camps’,
one of a host of Spaniards who began plying their trade in Britain to good
effect in the 1960s. We get fifteen pages of samples of his work from the
covers of romantic fiction and women’s magazines; distinctive, atmospheric and
Two regular features are: The Gallery and The Studio. For the Gallery there are six pages of ‘the Fin de Siècle Erotica of Cheri Herouard’. He illustrated the covers of La Vie Parisienne, but also posters, postcards and menus. The Studio features Mick Brownfield’s iconic Christmas cover of the Radio Times in 2009 with Santa and a Dalek. The end pages consist of art-book reviews and contact details for art supplies, illustrators, museums and other related subjects.
Copies of most back issues are still available, many at reduced prices.The Book Palace also issues, from time to time, special issues on certain illustrators, and most of these are destined to become collectors’ pieces.