Artist Spotlight - Frank Langford

 Frank Langford British artist Lady Penelope

Since the majority of DC romance stories from the '60s and '70s are unsigned, it is always rather exciting to find ones that are signed. Such is the case for a few stories illustrated by British artist, Frank Langford (1926-1998).

Born Cyril Eidlestein, Langford is probably best know for his work on "The Angry Planet" from Boy's World and "Lady Penelope" a strip that appeared in Lady Penelope (above), a late sixties British weekly comic aimed at girls. He also did extensive work in advertising, including the 1964 advertisement for the Women's Royal Army Corps (W.R.A.C.) seen below.

  1964 advertisement for the Women's Royal Army Corps (W.R.A.C.)

It is of course his romance work that I am most interested in. I know of at least three romance stories he drew for DC, but there may be more out there -- hopefully!

Langford's romance work is highly stylized and exudes an incredible sense of moment -- exemplified in his characters' wildly feminine hair. His ruggedly handsome men are timeless, and are still quite attractive by today's standards. Not only a master of movement, Langford also excels during the quiet moments. Quite breathtaking, really!

  "I Shouldn't Have Stayed!"  Falling in Love  #139 (January/February 1973)

"I Shouldn't Have Stayed!" Falling in Love #139 (January/February 1973)

  "I Shouldn't Have Stayed!"  Falling in Love  #139 (January/February 1973) Notice the strategically placed signature!

"I Shouldn't Have Stayed!" Falling in Love #139 (January/February 1973) Notice the strategically placed signature!

  "A Scent of Love... a Breath of Hate"  Secret Hearts  #150 (March 1971)

"A Scent of Love... a Breath of Hate" Secret Hearts #150 (March 1971)

  I'm hooked, too! "A Scent of Love... a Breath of Hate"  Secret Hearts  #150 (March 1971)

I'm hooked, too! "A Scent of Love... a Breath of Hate" Secret Hearts #150 (March 1971)

I just can't say enough good things about Langford's art. His work pretty much sums up the word 'romance,' in my opinion! For more information on him (and more gorgeous W.R.A.C. advertisements) check out this post at Bear Alley. Be sure to read through the comments for more information!