Thursday, November 27, 2008

Moira Bertram: Queen of the Comics - V2.0

Back in December 2003, I wrote an article for Collectormania magazine about Moira Bertram, one of the few women to work in the Australian comic book industry during the 1940s and 50s. She was, and remains, in my opinion, one of the best comic book illustrators this country has yet seen. Anyone who's ever had a chance to see some of her full-colour comics from the late 1940s will testify that her work is as fresh and engaging now, as it was when it first appeared sixty years ago.

I posted a slightly modified version of this article on the Comics Down Under blog in July 2007, but thanks to the generosity of American comic artist and historian, Trina Robbins, I've been given access to previously unpublished information about Bertram's life and work, which I've since used to substantially revise and update the article.

Given that much of Bertram's best work was published by KG Murray in the late 1940s, I've opted to publish this article at AusReprints, the excellent tribute site to KG Murray comic books maintained by James Zanotto. The earlier version of the Bertram article has now been removed from this blog, so readers may enjoy the revised (and copiously illustrated) version here. (Cover image scan courtesy of AusReprints)

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