|Mike Hubbard - Wizzie the Wizard|
A couple of days ago I posted an entry Can you help me identify this artist? in which I included a number of fairytale illustrations that have enchanted me since childhood. Although I have enjoyed looking at them for many years I have never been able to identify the artist. Last weekend I decided I would ask for help and put together a post with a selection of some of my favourite images.
Many thanks to everyone who commented on the post. Amongst them was one from Barbara at March House Books Blog who came up with the inspired suggestion that I look at a blog called
(There is also a sister site called Bear Alley Books.)
|Mike Hubbard - The Magic Emerald|
I decided to be bold and emailed Steve the owner of the site directly. By amazing coincidence (although I have been peppered with so many 'coincidences' lately that I'm starting to wonder about them) the current entries on the Bear Alley blog all feature the same artist. To be honest I would not have made the connection without being told as they are a different genre of comic strip. But I have gone back to look at them in a different light armed with my new information.
Bear Alley is a magnificent blog for anyone like me who enjoys vintage British comics, books and magazines. The blog contains a wealth of detail of the era of my childhood (and more besides.)
This is the information Steve emailed back to me:
The artist you're trying to identify is Mike Hubbard who, by an amazing coincidence, is the artist of the strip currently running on Bear Alley!
Mike was a long-serving illustrator (1930s) and comic strip artist (post-WW2) with the Amalgamated Press/Fleetway/IPC, working on a number of comics and magazines. He was also the assistant to Norman Pett for some time (1946-48) before taking over Jane (of the Daily Mirror), which he drew in 1948-59.
The Look & Learn connection is certainly there: Coral Island is an old L&L strip from 1966. He drew a variety of strips for Once Upon a Time in 1971-72 and you might want to look out for copies of Pixie from 1972-73 where he adapted The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, both by Francis Hodgson Burnett.
These were all drawn towards the end of his career as he died in 1976.
I'm thrilled to have this information after all these years! A big thank you to Steve (and Barbara for the suggestion). At last I can put a name to these lovely illustrations.
|Mike Hubbard - The Magic Mirror|