Friday, February 13, 2015
Comic Cuts - 13 February 2015
Trying to raise any enthusiasm for work was an uphill struggle and even when I did manage it, there was a string of interruptions—although I'm not complaining because the interruptions were welcome as it meant I could concentrate of them rather than work. This included a couple of obituaries for Andy Hutton and Dick Millington, which were posted earlier this week (scroll down if you haven't seen them), and a variety of phone calls, including a couple of very interesting ones amongst the junk calls from robot voices.
These are my excuses for slow progress on the Don Lawrence book. The introduction is written, finally clocking in at 7,850 words—and even that's far from a comprehensive look at everything Lawrence drew. What it does is hopefully give some context to the bulk of the book, which reprints his contributions to Look and Learn, The Bible Story, Ranger, Once Upon a Time and World of Wonder.
I believe 'Paul' was Paul Rainer, an illustrator about whom I could find very little when I wrote briefly about him back in 2007. Thanks to some comments we know he was active in the 1950s in Everybody's Magazine, and in the 1960s contributed to both Bible Story and Look and Learn. The signature is not the same—Paul Rainer signed his illustrations with both christian and surname in upper/lower case, whilst 'Paul' is in upper only. But they might just be similar enough to equate the two artists... I look forward to hearing what other people think.