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The later period of Frank
Bellamy's tenure on the Garth
newspaper strip is often given
less regard than the earlier
more detailed work but I find
this work most exciting.

The style, bolder and
streamlined to survive the
poor quality of printing and
paper, still contains all of the
strengths of the artists earlier

In the first strip (top right) the
line work and creases
maintain a superficial 'reality'
but also suggest movement
as well as form-- while
elegantly avoiding the cartoon
extremes of other artists.
(Note also the dramatic
perspective of the balloon

The explosive movement of
the rockslide (right) is
suggested with an absolute
minimum of detail.
Less is certainly more.

The near silhouette ships
racing across a featureless
ocean. Minimalist and cleverly
distorted to suggest
movement rather than clunky
distracting detail.

To me, this seems like a
similar evolution to that of
Turner and we can only
dream of how it might have
This 'gunslinger' is another example of how (after having mastered form and colour)
Frank Bellamy's focused on capturing movement and mood with absolute simplicity.

And as if more proof were needed-- The three page 'Swade' strip, that featured in 'Ally
Sloper', is clearly an exercise in transferring a Sergio Leone gunfight into a stylish and
dynamic comic form.