Drawing Artist: MIKE NOBLE
CAPTAIN SCARLET and the MYSTERONS UNOFFICIAL WEBSITE
Maintained by Chris Bishop
in 1930, in South Woodford (London), Mike Noble received a formal
education before attending the School of Art S.W. Technical College in
Walthamstow in 1946. During
the latter part of the 40s , he worked in advertising at a studio in
Holborn. In 1949, he
served National Service by illustrating armoured vehicles, in the drawing
office of the 8th Royal Tank Regiment.
After demobilization, he worked in a Chelsea studio, and then moved
in 1052 to Cooper Studios in Oxford Street, in London, where he trained to
do magazine drawings for artist Leslie Gaswell, with work in Woman’s
Own, John Bull, Woman, Odhams, and the Birmingham Weekly Post.
1953, Noble left advertising,
to branch out to comic strip drawing.
He started his own strip in Robin – which was at the time the
younger version of Eagle Comic – for Hulton Press.
After his success in this medium, he went freelance in 1956, and
started working from home – and did ever since.
After work in TV Comic, Noble became one of the resident artists on
the TV Century 21 Comics, produced by Gerry Anderson’s publishing arm
that was exploiting the TV series produced by Anderson.
His drawing works included Fireball XL5, Zero X and Captain Scarlet
and the Mysterons. He
illustrated an early Star Trek strip for the Joe 90 Comic in 1970, even
before the Star Trek TV series became the cult success of today.
gradually dismantled and moved away from the Anderson fold, so Noble moved
onto a the new title Look-In, which was produced by Independent Television
Publications as a junior TV Times. Noble’s
work on a strip based on
Timeslip then appeared regularly in the new magazine, nearly until the end
in the late 80s.
Noble’s work in the 70s and 80s was various, and often illustrations of
TV programming of the era: Follyfoot,
The Famous Five, The Tomorrow People, Kung Fu, Worzel Gummidge,
Robin of Sherwood and Space: 1999, with which he made a come back to
drawing Gerry Anderson’s productions based strips.
the 80s, he retired from comic strips, due to family health problems. He
concentrated on more lucrative work, by drawing magazine covers and
illustrations. During the
90s, though, he sort of came back once again to Gerry Anderson’s
productions based works, by drawing covers and illustrations for the new
Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet comics.
To view a sample of Mike Noble's drawings, just click on the following miniatures. Those are just some samples I have put to demonstrate the extend of Noble's art. If you have other such samples and want to share them with people, feel free to communicate with me. Be aware, though, that I WON'T PUBLISH entire comic strips... It would not be fair for writers, artists, publishers, merchants, etc. This is just an information page.
ADDED JULY 3, 2007:
If you are a collector, looking for all the Captain Scarlet comic strips, you can download for yourself the Captain Scarlet comic strip checklist, which might help you out. With the exception of the stories which appeared in the Annuals, every Captain Scarlet strip appears onto that list, with the magazine issue(s) in which each part has been published. On that same checklist, you can also find the titles of the magazines in which some of those same strips were reprinted over the years. Happy hunting!
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