Saturday, 6 July 2019

Interview with James Bond Comic Artist Germán Gabler

Introduction
Germán Gabler was born in Santiago, Chile in 1942. He graduated from the Catholic University of Chile in 1966 and began working as a professional comics artist with the help of Jorge Carvallo, who introduced him to the publishing house Zigzag.  After starting as a script writer, German became a regular writer and artist for the James Bond comic adaptations.
In his own words: “From my early childhood (I learnt to read at 5 years old) I went through tons of comic books. About 10 years old I started reading books about war, cowboys, pirates, FBI, CIA, heroes like Doc Savage, The Shadow, Bill Barnes and so. I also included classic novelist as Dumas, Verne, Conan Doyle, Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Poe, Salgari. You name it, I red it. Hundreds of books.

While at the university I started reading sci-fi. Bradbury, Asimov, Clarke, Sturgeon. etc.  Add to this a couple af movies a week (at least) for twenty years and you get a complete library
of plot elements in your mind.

To complete these, my father brought home three different newspapers daily, so I was very aware of what was happening in the real world.”

What materials did you use?
For sketching I used a mechanical pencil (Staedler) with 2B leads. Brushes 3 and 6 for inking. (Windsor&Newton or Ocean) Sometimes a pen for slim lines. Paper was Schoeller or similar. Ink was Pelikan or Higgins. A good eraser (Staedler mostly). White tempera for corrections. I also used colour temperas and watercolor for magazine covers.



Your black and white artwork show red numbers. What are they for?
Numbers are the colour guide for the printing stage. 1 is yellow, 2 magenta and 3 cyan. The x denotes dotted colour, i.e. light yellow, light pink and light blue. All of these form the colour palette, added to black and grey.
Who did the colouring and how?
The colouring could be done by ourselves. But since I wrote and draw 007 and other comics, I gave this job to a colourist. Sometimes they put a transparent piece of paper over the original and paint it with real colours. But the use of numbers was preferred (although they spoiled in some way the original) because there were not possibilities of mistake at the printing stage. Before this stage, a set of transparencies were taken from the originals. One was for black and the other three were for colours. In this stage, a "mask" was added to the transparencies eliminating the other colours. So there was a transparency for yellow, one for magenta and one for cyan. Then they were ready for the printings or "pressing stage".

Germán has several of his artworks for sale and also a complete set of the Zig Zag comics. 

He can be contacted here: plotco@hotmail.com

Timothy Dalton Artwork

Timothy Dalton as Bond”, Original watercolour painting by Gerry Wadsworth.

Check out Gerry's other work here: www.jamesbondart.com

Saturday, 22 June 2019

SWLM PC Game Cover

Cover art for the Domark PC game "The Spy Who Loved Me"

Thank you for the tip, Anagnostis.

Turkish From Russia With Love Posters

Two variations of the Turkish "From Russia With Love" poster.

Thanks to Carl for sharing these.

Spanish TV Guide Illustrations

Two ads from the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia promoting the TV screenings of "You Only Live Twice" and "The Man With the Golden Gun". 
Thanks to Eduardo for sharing these!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Toy Illustration

Illustration for the "James Bond 007 Shooting Game" by Berwick.

Thanks to Anagnostis for finding this!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

FYEO Ad Poster

Advertising poster for the "For You Eyes Only" themed wrist watch by Zeon, poster size 20 x 25 cm. Artist unknown.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Thunderball Edition from Folio Society

2019 Hardcover edition of Ian Fleming's "Thunderball" , Folio Society UK, artwork by Fay Dalton.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Thunderball TV Ad Artwork

TV ad for Thunderball, artist unknown. Thanks to Stephan for sharing it!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Goldeneye Pinball Artwork

Artwork for the Goldeneye pinball machine by Sega. Illustration by Paul Faris. 

Thanks to Jörg for finding this.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

007 Story Illustrations from Greece

Illustrations for James Bond stories from Greece. Head over to the James Bond 007 Greek Fans Facebook Group for more info.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Finnish Book Cover Artwork

Original artworks by Matti Louhi for the 1980s hardcover re-issue of the Ian Fleming novels by Gummerus. Thanks to Thomas for sharing these!


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Greek FYEO Pirate Edition

Greek pirate edition of "For Your Eyes Only". Thatnks to the FB Group James Bond 007 Greek Fans.