Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Vault Of Kubrick

Last Friday I went with a couple of friends to visit the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the London College of Communication; courtesy of our host and Senior Archivist, Richard Daniels. Richard is an absolute mine of information regarding Kubrick and his work and after showing us into the main room, (designed to reference the space station in 2001: A Space Odyssey), he took us into the atmosphere controlled archive itself. State-of-the-art remote controlled doors slide back, each in turn to reveal corridors housing relics from every aspect of Kubrick's career.

One page from reams of hand-typed documents from Jack Torrance's 'book' in various languages.

The Archive itself runs to approximately 900 linear metres and includes production paperwork, letters, props, costumes, publicity materials, production photographs, research, photographs, plans, books, audiovisual material, equipment and press cuttings. This makes my Secret Oranges cupboard pale in comparison!

Danny's clothing from The Shining, nicely boxed and stored at a constant temperature, sans snow.

The archive storage doors, looking a bit too much like HAL for my liking!

The main archives room looking distinctly familiar in design.

Below: Kubrick's own well-thumbed copy of Vietnam Inc used as reference for Full Metal Jacket.

The severed head from the final moments of Full Metal Jacket. (click for large)

Kubrick's camera. I would KILL to own this Nikon! (okay, slight exaggeration).

The Man himself with his Leica III. A self-portrait from the late 1940's.

Detail of a 2001 promotional comic for Howard Johnsons.

Below: The future of the mobile phone.

Into the Eyes Wide Shut section... and Alice's drug paraphernalia.

Below: Bill Harford's Driver License.

After three hours, the vault was once again sealed shut and a creatively stimulating time was had by all. Thanks again, Richard! To see images from the Kubrick exhibition when it was in Amsterdam, click here for my previous post.

My First Doctor

Yep! I'm that ancient!

Monday, 29 July 2013


One of the Best comic logo's of the 1970's. My copy of Countdown #1 - February 20th, 1971. Still in pretty good nick for its 42 (gulp!) years, and it still has the free wallchart and stamps inside.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Largin' it #72

Doctor Who by Harry Lindfield, from my copy of Countdown #5 - March 20th, 1971.

Robots+Monsters+Black Holes

Today's find in the 'Oranges' cupboard; 2000AD production art for Prog #152 - 16th February, 1980. Art by Carlos Ezquerra (Fiends). Ian Gibson (Robo-Hunter). Ron Smith (Dredd). Colours by Tom Frame. Click this 2000AD Production Art link for more vintage 2000AD covers and artwork.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Doctor Who Companions #1

Sophie Aldred

I took this shot of Sophie at Crystal Palace park in June 1990; commissioned by John Freeman, editor of Doctor Who Magazine at the time. This particular photo is all over the web, probably scanned from one of the magazines, so I'm presenting it here in decent quality for the first time from my original 35mm transparency.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Watch This Space-time

Exhibition: Sophie’s World
As mentioned here a while back; I'll be exhibiting a series of previously unseen photographs of the Doctor's much-loved companion "Ace", Sophie Aldred, at the Orbital Gallery in London from 5th - 30th September 2013. Sophie will be making an appearance and signing too. The negatives for these photographs have been missing for 22 years, but are now making a date with my trusty hi-res scanner! More info and images later. If you're in town and you want to come along there's an event page, here on Facebook.

 UPDATE:  Since Nick Setchfield mentioned this on the SFX site, there may well be Doctor Who fans visiting this blog, so I thought I might mention that I will be posting more photographs from my time at Doctor Who magazine, including portraits of some of the other companions.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Epic Bond

I scanned this nice little logo (5cm wide) from a feature about You Only Live Twice in my copy of the Lion Summer Spectacular Epic comic from 1967.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Largin' it #71

Conan The Barbarian #21 - December 1972.
"The Monster of the Monoliths!"
Writer: Roy Thomas
Pencils: Barry Smith
Inks: Craig Russell, Val Mayerik, 
Dan Adkins, Sal Buscema
Letters: Artie Simek

The Future of Fashion #10

I think these are absolutely incredible! Introducing the Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2013 Campaign, featuring Edie Campbell, enigmatically photographed by David Sims.

Monday, 22 July 2013

The Art of Sean Phillips

Two of my favourite covers by Sean. Check his website and blog for more amazing art and news about his forthcoming exhibition and book, which is already up for pre-order on Amazon.

Une Femme est une Femme

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Secret Origins: When Dan Green and John Romita Jr. Visited Marvel UK

This shot of Dan Green and John Romita Jr. was taken in 1985 during a visit to our rather shabby looking Marvel UK offices in London by some of the artists and writers working for Marvel US at the time. Dan and John were accompanied by Ann Nocenti and Chris Claremont who can also be seen in my Secret Origins project. The art they were were working on here was to be shown on Good Morning Britain, a tv breakfast show presented by Anne Diamond and Nick Owen, who are the characters being held aloft by Colossus (below). This X-Men artwork was then given away to a lucky young prizewinner as part of a promotional competition.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Future War Fiasco

Today's find in the 'Oranges' cupboard; 2000AD production art from this month 31 years ago. Rogue Trooper takes the cover of Prog #272 - 10th July, 1982. Art by Cam Kennedy. Colours by Tom Frame. I wonder who solved the Fruit Gums secret? Click this 2000AD Production Art link for more vintage 2000AD covers and artwork.

The Future of Fashion #9

Model Elena Bartels stars in this wide-angle futuristic fashion editorial for the July 2013 edition of Vogue Turkey, stylishly photographed by Benny Horne and styled by Katie Mossman.

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