DALEK'S DEATH RAY 1976
Dalek's Death Ray Chocolate and Mint Flavour Iced Lolly
In the year before his death (in 1976), Bellamy produced many one-off jobs in various media. He had produced stills for a Space 1999 television advert, pages of comic strips for ice cream, printed in UK comics, but one project most people have not connected with Bellamy is that of the Wall's Dalek Death Ray
There were two series produced before and after Bellamy's death. The first "From the world of the Daleks..." contains some obvious Bellamy work - although we're not so sure about all of this series.
Few lolly wrappers appear on internet auction sites, but the Dalek content on these wrappers helped to preserve them - although lots of obvious water damage often appears too!
FRONT COVER AND BACK COVER
(the rear shows one of the later series - not Bellamy)
With the help of Shaqui Le Vesconte (of The Gerry Anderson Complete Comic History fame) we have below all the first series illustrations, which appeared on the back cover of the lolly wrapper.
|'From the world of the Daleks...'|
|Daleks and the Ancient Britons
|The Swamp Creatures of Terroth
|When the Daleks Flooded the Earth!
|The Grenium Invisibility System
|The Cyclops Z-Ray
|A Dalek Deep Space Battle Cruiser
This version of the same picture is very rough but shows the header and footer
If they are not all by Bellamy it may be that someone was imitating Bellamy with his stylised 'swirls', and also the machinery has echoes of Bellamy. The perspective of the Dalek in 'Transmol' seems wrong but without further records we have no way of knowing if Bellamy completed the series. It's also interesting to note how Bellamy could produce clear illustrations in a small area (having done some brilliant work in a fewe panels in the Daily Mirror Garth strip
Bellamy had correspondence with Eric Fletcher of "Scheme", (presumably the agency creating the designs for Wall's). In it he mentions that "we could sit the creature with the fangs on a sort of 'all-seeing' eye." Could this be the design Alan Davis has on his website ? Why was it not used?
Another interesting point is that several of the above illustrations are based on stories from the 1976 Dalek Annual, the cover of which is shown below. It should be stressed that no Bellamy artwork appears in this title, and this would have been published at the end of Summer 1975 for Christmas sales in 1975.
Lastly, in the correspondence mentioned above, a series called "Solar System" is mentioned. Did Bellamy do it? - We have no other reference to it
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