Archive for ‘Motorcycle Art’

January 13, 2021

Black & White ‘n’ Red all over

No Moss Gathered

– Mick, Keith, Bill, Charlie and Brian enjoy the classics too. This album recorded in the early sixties are compiled of their covers of Chuck Berry standards, amongst others. The first track listing is Bobby Troupe’s “Route 66”, hence the BSA motorcycle themed Rorschach-like cover.

January 12, 2021

Beano

The Menace

– my Uncle Dave found this ‘toon strip and sent it over to be included in today’s blog post. The red & black striped jersey; unruly black hair; and the viscous dog Gnasher of protagonist Dennis have been the mainstay of the Beano comic for 70 years. This panel has The Menace’s Ma fettling the barrels of a ‘70 Bonnie with a kitchen whisk.

January 9, 2021

Get your motor running…

More Motorsickle Music

– Continuing the weeks theme unearths this classic.

January 8, 2021

Disco Inferno

Dancin’ Dames

– another fabulous LP sleeve with a whole bunch of period hits from the greats of seventies rock. The starburst and blur effect is pure glitz dressed in bell bottoms and a shaggy sheepskin line vest. Top of the Pops? Let’s Rock!

January 6, 2021

Thirty Three and a Third

Das ist gut!

– get the turntable spinnin’ and unsleeve the LP’s for some ‘non-stop hit-party’. They have had at least another three in the series, so it must have fared well in the German top 40. I notice the fraulein in pink is handing the BSA’s leather trench coat clad operator a flute of sweet white. No wonder the exhaust is spluttering in smoke and sparks…

December 28, 2020

Search & Destroy

Strontium Dog

– one of the great characters created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra back in 1978 when the Starlord comic was first published. After merging with 2000ad half a year later the bounty hunter story was rolled into that weekly and went on to become one of the classic strips. Here’s protagonist Johnny Alpha and his partner Wulf Sternhammer riding a zero-grav scooter across the wastes of some far flung planet on the search for Willie Blanco. The Gronk sits pillion.

December 23, 2020

Starry Starry Knight

Big ‘gin

– black ‘n’ white doodle of the lump of a vee twin engine that powers The Vincent. Engineering prowess.

December 20, 2020

By Jove!

Ted Simon’s world odyssey

– very nicely executed watercolor portrait of his RTW steed Jupiter.

December 17, 2020

Regal Eegle

– another inked drawing by yours truly from the early days of 2000ad. This is the final five of one of the Harlem Hellcats bikers as he tears up the arena wall. I’ve always liked this piece of comic illustration. Original Massimo Belardinelli frame of Regal Eegles introduction a few profs prior is below.

December 14, 2020

INFERNO

Junk Jackson scorching thru’ the cinders

– I love the intricate linework of Massimo Belardinelli; the creator of the raw vision for this early 2000ad story of the jet pack flying and chopper riding team The Harlem Hellcats. The imagination contained in the visuals are a sublime foundation to my own drawing style; though mine are a pale comparison to the Maestro’s work.

December 13, 2020

Prog 2

First Appearance

– Mega City One towers over a diminutive Empire State Building as Judge Dredd is launched into the pages of 2000ad. Although Dredd’s look was created by Carlos Ezquerra; the first episode was penned by Mike MacMahon. These few original pages originally published in 1977 went up for auction recently fetching £90k.

December 10, 2020

Watercolor

Cotton Rag Tiger

– beautiful small painting of an 800 Triumph Triple. The multicolor appearance is somewhat jester-like.

December 6, 2020

Prog 61

Adventure into The Cursed Earth

Forty Two years ago the first big storyline for Joe Dredd saw him head into the nuclear devastation from Mega City’s One to Two to deliver a vaccine for a viral infection 2T(fru)T ~ tutti-fruiti. Riding Mk2 Lawmasters ; biker Spikes Harvey Rotten and JD were accompanied with the real life Land Raider (a toy in the Matchbox Adventure 2000 range). The cover of the Prog publishing the initial episode is a classic. Here’s my doodle of that artwork by Mick MacMahon.

December 5, 2020

SK-T120R

Bic scribble

– as promised here’s a new sketch of one of Matt Triumphs. This is the Bonnie which I’ve had for 10 years bought from a West Chicago biker gang as a ‘project’. Well she looks quite picturesque now.

December 2, 2020

Between finger & thumb

Wall Art

– a canvas, a rug, a plate, or a towel. BSA Rocket Goldstar in line with a swish of sunny yellow and turquoise screenprinted ‘Hand of God’.