COMICS

FRANK BELLAMY - COMICS LISTING


INTRODUCTION
Eagle Vol: 11:4 (23 January 1960), p.1
Frank Bellamy was self taught, starting out in a small Kettering studio, drawing advertising. His break into comic strips came as a result of work he was doing for national magazines (whilst at Norfolk Studios) in 1952 when he drew a strip advertising feature "Commando Gibbs" in the Eagle.  He must have come to the growing comic market's attention very quickly, as he became a freelance artist in 1953. He was given the The Fleet Family strip in August 1954 in Swift, the sister publication to the million seller Eagle. After 6 black and white strips and three years he was called on to illustrate a living hero on the back page of Eagle in colour: Sir Winston Churchill. Previously only heroes of the past had taken this spot. Naturally creating the full colour strip worried Bellamy, but it has been acknowledged as one of his best over the years. Many full colour (and B&W strips) in comics followed.These are all listed below


KEY
Titles in in bold and lower case are reprints



Action 21
  • Reprints of "Thunderbirds" from TV21 #52 - 58 and 59 - 65 [story ends partway through]
ALLY SLOPER No 1 September 1976
  • Swade - wordless strip, 3 pages black and white A4
  • A greeting from Garth! - a medium black and white illustration  accompanying a 3 page article on "Steve Dowling: Father of Garth"
BOY’S WORLD Vol. 1:9. 23 March 1963
  • Desert Duel by Wilfred McNeilly,  pp.14-15 - a B&W double spread (fading under text on second page) "Two armies stood and watched as their champions fought a bitter duel" 
BOY’S WORLD Vol. 1:46 - 1:49, 2:1 - 2:17. (7 December 1963 -28 December 1963, 4 January 1964 - 25 April 1964)
  • Brett Million/The Ghost World by Ken Bulmer , single colour back page.[1]
Century 21 
  • Reprints of "Thunderbirds" from TV21 #99- 104 
Countdown
EAGLE Vol. 8:40 - 8:52, 9:1 - 9:36. (4 October 1957 - 28 December 1957, 3 January 1958 - 6 September 1958) - See also reprints
  • The Happy Warrior by Clifford Makins - a single page full colour strip on the life of, then still living, Winston Churchill. The 6 September 1958 issue ends the series with a full page portrait of Churchill
EAGLE Vol. 9:37 - 9:52, 10:1 - 10:15, (13 September 1958 - 27 December 1958, 3 January 1959 - 11 April 1959)
  • The Shepherd King by Clifford Makins - a single page full colour strip on the life of King David
EAGLE Vol. 9:52, (27 December 1958)  
  • He wants to be a... (barrister) - a half page colour strip, part of a series - see article
EAGLE Vol. 10:16 - 10:23 (18 April 1959 - 6 June 1959)
  • Marco Polo by Chad Varah - a single page full colour strip 
EAGLE Vol. 10:28 - 10:40 (29 August 1959 - 21 November 1959)
  • Dan Dare: Terra Nova by Eric Eden - two pages full colour[2]
    - See also reprints
EAGLE Vol. 10:41 - 10:45, 11:1 - 11:9 (28 November 1959 - 26 December 1959, 2 January 1960 - 27 February 1960)
  • Dan Dare: Trip to Trouble by Eric Eden - two pages full colour - See also reprints
EAGLE Vol. 11:12 - 11:28 (19 March 1960 - 9 July 1960)
  • Dan Dare: Project Nimbus by Eric Eden - two pages full colour - See also reprints
EAGLE Vol.11 No.26, 25th June 1960, p.8
  • Drawing of Gary Player for Slazenger- see Advertising
EAGLE Vol. 11:32 - 11:53, 12:1 - 12:4 (6 August 1960 -  31 December 1960, 7 January 1961 - 28 January 1961)
  • Fraser of Africa : Lost Safari by George Beardmore - one full colour page - See also reprints
EAGLE Vol. 11:48 (26 November 1960)
EAGLE Vol. 12:5 - 12:20 (4 February 1961 - 20 May 1961)
  • Fraser of Africa : The Ivory Poachers by George Beardmore - one full colour page - See also reprints
EAGLE Vol. 12:21 - 12:32 (27 May 1961 - 12 August 1961)  
  • Fraser of Africa : The Slavers by George Beardmore - one full colour page - See also reprints
EAGLE Vol. 12:34 (26 August 1961)
  • "Rhino crashing his way through the undergrowth and Wellington creating blue murder behind him" - a B&W illustration
EAGLE Vol. 12:46 (18 November 1961)  
  • Men of Action No.5 Sir Edmund Hillary  - Third of front cover - colour - see article
EAGLE Vol. 13:10 - 13:27 (10 March 1962 - 7 July 1962)
  • Montgomery of Alamein by Clifford Makins - double page spread full colour - See also reprints
EAGLE Vol. 13:10 (10 March 1962)  
  • Montgomery of Alamein  - a quarter of the colour cover. 
  • Also: Vol. 13:12 (24 March 1962)
    Vol. 13:13 (31 March 1962)
    Vol. 13:14 (7 April 1962)
    Vol. 13:16 (21 April 1962)
    Vol. 13:18 (5 May 1962)  - half cover
    Vol. 13:19 (12 May 1962)
    Vol. 13:22 (2 June 1962)
EAGLE Vol. 13:33 - 13:38 (18 August 1962 - 22 September 1962)  
  • No. 24 Flt Sgt John Goldsmith
  • No. 25 John Edwards
  • No. 26 Lilan Daka
  • No. 27 Malcolm Bignall
  • No. 28 PC Verth of Manchester
  • No. 29 PC Tom Young
Vol: 13:33 & 13:34 have quarter cover by Bellamy in colour - See also reprints

EAGLE Vol. 13:43 - 13:52, 14:1 - 14:9 (27 October 1962 - 29 December 1962, 5 January 1963 - 2 March 1963)
  • Heros the Spartan: The Island of Darkness by Tom Tully - Double page spread full colour [14:7 actually has 16:7 on cover - date of 16 February 1963 is correct]- See also reprints
EAGLE Vol. 14:10 - 14:43 (9 March 1963 - 26 October 1963)
  • Heros the Spartan: The Eagle of the Fifth by Tom Tully - Double page spread full colour - Vol:14:14 (6 April 1963) is the classic battle scene often reprinted and 14:35 (31 August 1963) has "Best of Eagle" feature with reprinted Heros illustration - See also reprints
EAGLE  Vol. 15:23 - 15:42 (6 June 1964 - 17 October 1964)
  • Heros the Spartan: Axe of Arguth by Tom Tully - Double page spread full colour - 25 July 1964 has a letter on the letter page which the editor had forwarded to Bellamy (no accompanying pictures) - See also reprints
EAGLE  Vol. 16:9 - 16:30 (27 February 1965 - 24 July 1965)
  • Heros the Spartan: The Slave Army by Tom Tully - Double page spread full colour - See also reprints
EAGLE  Vol.16:35 - 16:36 (28 August 1965 - 4 September 1965)
Heros the Spartan in The Island of Darkness - privately published by Desmond Shaw (2006) -
Heros the Spartan in The Eagle of the Fifth Legion (Volume 1) - privately published by Desmond Shaw (2007)  -
Heros the Spartan in The Eagle of the Fifth Legion (Volume 2) - privately published by Desmond Shaw (2008)
Heros the Spartan in The Axe of Arguth - privately published by Desmond Shaw (2010)
Heros the Spartan in El Rashid - privately published by Desmond Shaw (2011)

JOE 90 1 (18 January 1969)
  • Full colour cover   
Lion Holiday Special [1977]
  • "The Slavers" - pp.36-48, 12 black and white pages - reprint (with rearranged panels) of Eagle  - see article
LOOK AND LEARN  New discovery- To follow

LOOK AND LEARN 422 (14 February 1970)
  • The Man and the Moment: James Cook - 2 colour pages with text through one half
LOOK AND LEARN 437 - 462 (30 May 1970 - 21 November 1970)
  • "The Story of World War One" - 2 page illustrations around text [3]
LOOK AND LEARN 452 (15 September 1970)
  • "Verdun" - Full colour cover
LOOK AND LEARN 463 (28 November 1970)
LOOK AND LEARN 545 (24 June 1972) - 549 (22 July 1972)
LOOK AND LEARN 675 (21 December 1974)
  • "First in the World: The Tank Goes to War" - reprint of  Look and Learn #453
LOOK-IN (12 June 1971)
MICKEY MOUSE WEEKLY (25 July 1953 – 12 September 1953)
  • Monty Carstairs: The Secret of the Sands - Single page B&W picture strip - See also reprints
MICKEY MOUSE WEEKLY (19 September 1953 - 5 December 1953)
  • Monty Carstairs: The Mystery of the Musical Box - Single page B&W picture strip - See also reprints
MICKEY MOUSE WEEKLY (12 December 1953 – 20 March 1954)
  • Monty Carstairs: The Mystery of the Black Pearls - Single page B&W picture strip  - See also reprints [4]
MICKEY MOUSE WEEKLY (27 March 1954 – 26 June 1954)
  • Monty Carstairs: The Men from the East  - Single page B&W picture strip
MICKEY MOUSE WEEKLY (26 June 1954 – 31 July 1954
  • Walt Disney’s True Life Adventures: Living Desert - This appears in the centrespread, top centre panels, colour (the rest of centrespread is filled with Goofy, the Mad Hatter etc.) - see article
Montgomery of Alamein - privately published by Desmond Shaw (2009)

Storyland
SWIFT Vol. 1:22 - 1:29 (14 August 1954 - 2 October 1954)
  • The Fleet Family: The Island of Secrets  - Single page B&W picture strip with libretto text boxes - see reprints
SWIFT Vol. 1:28 (25 September 1954)
  • "Caught" - Single B&W illustration
SWIFT Vol. 1:29 (2 October 1954)
SWIFT Vol. 1:30 -1:41, 2:1- 2:29 (9 October 1954 - 24 December 1954, 1 January 1955 - 16 July 1955)
  • The Swiss Family Robinson - Single page B&W picture strip with libretto text boxes - see reprints
SWIFT Vol. 1:33 (30 October 1954)
SWIFT Vol. 2:15 - 2:30 (9 April 1955 - 23 July 1955)
SWIFT Vol. 2:31 - 2:53, 3:1 - 3:18 (30 July 1955 - 31 December 1955, 7 January 1956 - 5 May 1956)
  • King Arthur and his Knights by Clifford Makins - 2 page B&W picture strip with libretto text boxes - see reprints
SWIFT Vol. 3:19 - 3:52, 4:1 - 4:8 (12 May 1956 - 29 December 1956, 5 January 1957 - 23 February 1957)
  • Robin Hood and his Merry Men by Clifford Makins  - 2 page B&W picture strip with libretto text boxes - see reprints
SWIFT Vol. 4:9 - 4:33 (2 March 1957 - 17 August 1957)
  • Robin Hood and Maid Marian by Clifford Makins - 2 page B&W picture strip with libretto text boxes- New masthead (not used in the reprints in Treasure- see reprints
SWIFT Vol. 8:50 (16 December 1961)
Thunderbirds are go! - reprint of "Thunderbirds" TV21 #52 - 58, #83 - 89,#192, #193

Thunderbirds Extra [1966]- reprint of "Thunderbirds" TV21 #52 - 58, #59 - 65 - see article

Thunderbirds Holiday Special [1971] [10p price]- reprint of "Thunderbirds" TV21 #99 - 104

Thunderbirds Holiday Special [1984] [65p price]- reprint of "Thunderbirds" TV21 #66 - 72, #73-82, #99 - 104

Thunderbirds Holiday Special [1992] [£1.25 price]- reprint of "Thunderbirds" TV21 #83 - 89, #90 - 92

Thunderbirds Holiday Special [1993] [£1.35 price]- reprint of "Thunderbirds" TV21 #179 - 183

Thunderbirds the collection - reprint of Thunderbirds the comic #1-6

Thunderbirds the comic- reprint of "Thunderbirds" TV21 #52 - 58, #59 - 65, #66 - 72, #73-82, #99 - 104, #105 - 109, #110 - 117, #118 - 124, #125 - 129, #130 - 136, #137 - 140, #141 - 146, #147 - 154, #155 - 161, #162 - 169, #170 - 172, #173 - 178, #184 - 187, #188 - 191, #192 - 196

Treasure
TV ACTION & COUNTDOWN
TV CENTURY 21 52 - 58 (15 January 1966 - 26 February 1966) [5]
  • Thunderbirds: Forest Inferno by Alan Fennell - Colour centrespread plus one page B&W page -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 59 - 65 (5 March 1966 - 16 April 1966) [6]
  • Thunderbirds: White Rhino Rescue by Alan Fennell - Colour centrespread plus one page B&W page -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 66 - 72 (23 April 1966 - 4 June 1966)
  • Thunderbirds: Shoot Down the TC193 by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread till #141 -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 73 - 82 (11 June 1966 - 13 August 1966)
  • Thunderbirds: The Atlantic Tunnel by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 83 - 89 (20 August 1966 - 1 October 1966)
  • Thunderbirds: Flight to the Sun by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 90 - 92 (8 October 1966 - 29 October 1966) [7]
  • Thunderbirds: TB3 Ditched on Venus by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 99 - 104 (10 December 1966 - 14January 1967)
  • Thunderbirds: Camp 21st Century SOS by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 105 - 109 (21January 1967 - 18 February 1967)
  • Thunderbirds: Operation Depthprobe by Alan Fennell(?)  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 110 - 117 (25 February 1967 - 15 April 1967)
  • Thunderbirds: The Bereznik Zoo Rescues by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 118 - 124 (22 April 1967 - 3 June 1967)
  •  Thunderbirds:Newfoundland Quake Makers by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 125 - 129 (10 June 1967 - 8 July 1967)
  • Thunderbirds: Operation Cover-Up by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 130 - 136 (15 July 1967 - 26 August 1967)
  • Thunderbirds: Voyage of the President by Alan Fennell  - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 137 - 140 (2 September 1967 - 23 September 1967)
  • Thunderbirds: Icebergs Melt - The Sea Boils by Scott Goodall (?)   - Colour centrespread -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 141 - 146 (30 September 1967 - 4 November 1967) [8]
  • Thunderbirds: Mr Big - The Earthquake Maker by Scott Goodall (?) - Two separate colour pages - till TV21 & Joe 90 #1-4 -see reprints
TV CENTURY 21 147 - 154 (11 November 1967 - 30 December 1967)
  • Thunderbirds: The Jovian Eye by Scott Goodall (?) - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV21 155 - 161 (6 January 1968 - 17 February 1968)
  • Thunderbirds: Heart of the Iceberg by Scott Goodall (?) - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV21 162 - 169 (24 February 1968 - 13 April 1968)
  • Thunderbirds: Brains is Dead by Scott Goodall (?) - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV21 170 - 172 (20 April 1968 - 4 May 1968)
  • Thunderbirds: The Neutron Cannon by Scott Goodall (?) - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV21 173 - 178 (11 May 1968 - 15 June 1968)
  • Thunderbirds: The 2068 Olympics by Scott Goodall (?)  - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV21 179 - 183 (22 June 1968 - 20 July 1968)
  •  Thunderbirds: The Jupiter Revolt by Scott Goodall (?) - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV21 184 - 187 (27 July 1968 - 17 August 1968)
  • Thunderbirds: The Devil's Crag by Scott Goodall (?) - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV21 185 (3 August 1968)
  • Captain Scarlet by Angus Allan - Colour cover  -see reprints
TV21 186 (10 August 1968)
  • Captain Scarlet by Angus Allan - Colour cover  -see reprints
TV21 188 - 191 (24 August 1968 - 14 September 1968)
  • Thunderbirds: Death at the Eiffel Tower by Scott Goodall (?) - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 192 - 196 (21 September 1968 - 19 October 1968)
  • Thunderbirds: Atom Bomb Ship by Scott Goodall (?) - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 192 (21 September 1968)
  • Captain Scarlet by Angus Allan - Colour cover -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 193 (28 September 1968)
  •  Captain Scarlet by Angus Allan - Colour cover -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 197 - 202 (26 October 1968 - 30 November 1968)
  • Thunderbirds: The Beast Men of Lingor by Scott Goodall - Two colour pages -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 203 - 208 (7 December 1968 - 11January 1969)
  • Thunderbirds: The Time Machine by Scott Goodall -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 209 - 217 (18 January 1969 - 15 March 1969)
  •  Thunderbirds: Zoo Ship by Scott Goodall -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 210 (25 January 1969)
  • Captain Scarlet by Angus Allan - Colour cover  -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 218 - 226 (22 March 1969 - 17 May 1969)
  • Thunderbirds: Project City by 'Spencer Howard' (Scott Goodall) -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 227 - 234 (24 May 1969 - 12 July 1969)
  •  Thunderbirds: Volcanic Chain Reaction by 'Spencer Howard' (John W. Jennison?) -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 235 - 238 (19 July 1969 - 16 August 1969)
  • Thunderbirds: The Amazon Fire Pit by Scott Goodall -see reprints
TV 21 & TV TORNADO 239 - 242 (23 August 1969 - 6 September 1969)
  • Thunderbirds: Subsmash Rescue by Scott Goodall (?) -see reprints
TV21 & JOE 90 1-4 (27 September 1969 - 18 October 1969) [9]
  • Thunderbirds: Volcano Oil Search by Unknown -see reprints
    • #1: One page colour 
    • #2: 2 pages colour 
    • #3: 2 pages B&W 
    • #4: 2 pages B&W
Valiant (4 April 1970 and 25 April 1970)

  • 2 advertising strips of Walls Wonderman - see Advertising
Warrior No 1 - 5 1974-1975
WESTERN GUN FIGHTERS: A MARVEL SPECIAL 1980
Wham
  • Reprints number 28 and 29 of "Only the Brave in Eagle




FOOTNOTES

[1] Boys' World = Bellamy took over from "C F Eidlestein" as artist on this strip, who was better known by his real name Frank Langford (see Steve Holland  (2013), Boy's World: Ticket to Adventure, Colchester: Bear Alley Books ISBN: 9781907081712)  
[2] Eagle = Bellamy worked with Don Harley and others at Hulton Press and in fact did one page some weeks; two some weeks; and none on other weeks! In fact the very first head drawn of Dan Dare was ordered replaced and Don Harley drew it instead
[3] Look and Learn = The articles are actually 3 pages, with some having photos, and others having another artist doing one illustration. Credits are always given, but as "Illustrations by Frank Bellamy" or "Colour illustrations by Frank Bellamy". The Look and Learn Annual 1983 "WWI Pilots" p. 65 is a reprint of  #450 (29 August 1970) in colour. It is a montage of one page plus a panel
[4] Mickey Mouse Weekly = From 12 December 1953 to end of the strip, "Monty Carstairs" is 5/6 of a full page (The rest of the page is a single strip cartoon)
[5] TV21 = TV21 was dated 100 years in the future - thus Bellamy's first issue is dated 15th January 2066 [6] TV21 = The Doctor featured is mistakenly mentioned in #59 as being a 'brain' specialist rather than a 'heart specialist in #60!
[7] TV21 = TV21 #93 – 98 is drawn by Don Harley. Interestingly many people assume this very visible break in Bellamy's schedule is the holiday Bellamy refers to in the Skinn/Gibbons interview, but Nancy Bellamy confirms this is not so. They often travelled in Europe.
Roger Dicken produced several sculptures of Venusian monsters in plasticine clay which were photographed with Thunderbirds craft. Read more here

[8] TV21 = With this issue Thunderbirds no longer occupies the centre pages. In his interview with Skinn/Gibbon Bellamy mentions he was told [at some point] that foreign re-printers were having trouble with a double page spread. It seems likely this issue was a changeover due to the gearing up of publicity for the start of Captain Scarlet, who now occupied the centre pages, although Bellamy may be correct at the same time.
David Jackson & I discussed what was written in the sand by the dying man - FOCPT - Brains says Focal Point in #142, perhaps Goodall had never heard of Epicentre


[9] TV21 = TV 21 combined with Joe 90 and the publication date moved, thus there is a black strip over the original date of 13 September 1969 and instead the publication date of 27 September 1969 is printed. The British Library wrongly states the former.
On the 4th June 1969, Alan Fennell notified Bellamy that Century 21 Ltd would no longer be publishing TV21 from 2 June 1969. The editorial packages would be passed to City Magazines Ltd who nominated Martspress to fill the pages. Bellamy, who must have been very frustrated with the changes in formats during 4 weeks, went on to lucrative work with the Sunday Times, Look and Learn, Radio Times and then started Garth, the daily strip at the Daily Mirror. He did in fact do a 5th episode that was never published