1960s drawings of pop stars

As someone who grew up reading Look-In magazine in the 1970s, I love drawings of pop culture figures.  In the Teen World and Movie Teen Illustrated magazines I bought recently in America they had loads of drawings of bands – and not just all mainstream bands, some totally unexpected.  Some are good, some not so good.  Here they are and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do:

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The Box Tops

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The Troggs

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Mick Jagger

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John Lennon

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Paul McCartney and Jane Asher

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Paul McCartney

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Herman’s Hermits

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George Harrison

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Bob Dylan

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The Human Beinz

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Jim Morrison

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The Bee Gees (look at those teeth and the evil guy lurking at the  back right, shiver!)

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Um, this is Mick Jagger!

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Mick Jagger

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Cream (another evil looking guy lurking around at the back…)

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John Lennon

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The Rolling Stones

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The Dave Clark Five

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The Byrds

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The Beatles (but look at Ringo’s tiny legs!)

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Herman’s Hermits

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Sonny & Cher

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Ringo & Maureen Starr

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The Beach Boys

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The Animals

The Seeds in Movie Teen Illustrated, October 1968

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This is yet another treasure from my small San Francisco haul – still working my way through interesting stuff to post on here though!

Anyway, The Seeds – but not just The Seeds, it’s The Seeds in a teenagers’ magazine in October 1968.  There’s a little story about them going into an antiques store called Peddler and buying a lamp and a small chest of drawers – ROCK AND ROLL!  Only a snippet but still lovely to see one of my favourite bands making their way into teenage pop culture magazines, here it is for you to read for yourself:

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Comic Book Heroes: Seth

As per my last post, I was at ELCAF in June and I managed to meet Seth and see his “in conversation” session.  Seth is so cute, they should make dolls of him!

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Seth with Chris Ware at the Drawn & Quarterly stand


I have to mention the lovely lady above in the turquoise dress – she managed the Drawn & Quarterly book signings really well as it could easily have been chaotic in such a small venue. Thanks, lovely lady!

Seth did two signing sessions at the Drawn & Quarterly stand and he spends so long talking to people and doing sketches when he signs that he might as well have stayed there all day.  He’s very different to Chris Ware (although they obviously get on really well too) in that he’s very chatty and asks where you come from and what you do – I bet he’s a very good people watcher.  Anyway, he’s a delight to talk to and very stylish.  He did a great sketch in my Palookaville book and coloured it in with pens from his Asian knock-off Peanuts pencil case!

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When they make Seth dolls, put me down for one!

All photos of Seth by Hero Culte (Raechel Leigh Carter), taken using an Olympus Trip.  If you’re going to link to these photos elsewhere on the internet, please be decent and credit me – I thank you!


Comic Book Heroes: Chris Ware

I went to the 3rd East London Comic and Arts Festival (ELCAF) on 14 June 2014 – it was a great little festival, too little as it happens because it seems a lot of people were left outside waiting even though they were ticketholders.  Lucky for me I got there early enough to get in and I managed to get a book signed by Chris Ware at the Drawn & Quarterly stall and later saw his “in conversation” session.  He’s a lovely chap but perhaps I should have read what it said in the book I asked him to sign because I rather excitedly started chattering and telling him how I’d seen and met him before with Dan Clowes and he looked really shy.  Afterwards when I looked at the book, suddenly I understood!

“The mating ritual of the North American Midwestern cartoonist is mysterious and largely undocumented.  If, for any reason, you (1) are a girl and (2) should happen to encounter the author publicly, please approach him carefully, open the book to this page, place it in his hands, and retreat to a safe distance after asking him to inscribe.”  (Excuse the  quality of the photo, I really didn’t want to fold the page down too firmly or scan it because I don’t want to ruin the book).

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Ha ha!  Too late, I’d totally ignored his instructions but he did a cute little sketch too so I didn’t have to note his behaviour in the space below the dedication.  He’s lovely anyway and funny with a very dry sense of humour.  Here’s a couple of my snapshots of him from ELCAF:

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Chris Ware screening his Quimby the Mouse cartoon during the In Conversation session

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Chris Ware sketching in my book

If you’ve not seen the Quimby the Mouse cartoon, you can watch it here.

Anyway, like I said to Chris Ware, I’d met him before when he and Dan Clowes did a joint “in conversation” session in London in 2010 – now that was an excellent session, the two of them clearly get on really well and have the same sense of humour.  Here’s a couple of photos from the Foyles session at The Cochrane Theatre from 24 May 2010:

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Poor Chris Ware – he looks so unhappy in front of a camera!

One final thing to add to this post, whilst in San Francisco recently we were told (thanks to the lovely chap at Isotope) about this Chris Ware mural above the pirate supply store (!) at 826 Valencia.  It’s very difficult to photograph as it’s quite a busy road, here’s the best shot I could manage:



All photos by Hero Culte (Raechel Leigh Carter), taken using an Olympus Trip and a Lomography Diana F+.  If you’re going to link to these photos elsewhere on the internet, please be decent and credit me – I thank you!


Guess Who I Bumped Into: Kelley Stoltz

That’s right! I only saw Kelley Stoltz playing live in March of this year in Bath, where I live (you can see a couple of photos from the gig here), and a few months later I’m on holiday in San Francisco, minding my own business, and desperately searching for some decent vinyl to buy when who should I see in Grooves record shop but, yes, Mr Kelley Stoltz!  Here’s the evidence, folks:


He very kindly posed for a photo for me, aw!  Grooves is a great little record store – no website as far as I can tell but why does that not surprise me? – jam packed with vinyl but unfortunately for me most of it is albums – I collect 7″s and EPs in the main and only buy vinyl albums if it’s something otherwise unavailable or special for other reasons, but anyway, why burden you with my troubles, eh?


Grooves record shop, 1797 Market Street (nr Octavia) – go in the afternoon; they don’t open on time. Or go to It’s Tops! Diner next door whilst you wait – it’s super!

They didn’t have anything for me on this occasion but I’d definitely go back if I ever get the chance to go back to San Francisco (let’s face it, it was the first time I’d ever left Europe so I doubt I’ll get back there anytime soon…).  It was lovely to bump into Kelley Stoltz again – he’s a really friendly chap and I’m only sorry that I didn’t get to see him supporting Echo & the Bunnymen at the Regency Ballroom.  Hopefully he’ll be back in the UK some time.  Nice to see you again, Mr Stoltz!

I got one amazing find whilst in San Francisco and it was from Amoeba, but I have to tell you I was massively disappointed with Amoeba really – even so, I got a lovely Seeds 7″ complete with full colour picture sleeve.  Talking of which, I still have to edit my “When I Met Sky Saxon” story but one of these days I will get around to that and share the experience on Hero Culte.  They say don’t meet your heroes, isn’t that right..?

Photos by me (Raechel Leigh Carter, Hero Culte), taken on my £29 Olympus Trip which I so adore.  If you’re gonna nick or borrow me photos, be decent and credit me – okay?

Some Excellent TV Show Zines

I love zines, small press stuff and independently produced comic books – there’s so much out there and they’re usually cheaply priced so you can afford to try them out.  I also love my popular culture and TV shows so I’m very happy when I find a zine or comic book about one of my favourite TV shows or favourite cultural figures.  Here are some I can highly recommend:

The first one is a doubler – Freaks and Geeks twinned with Twin Peaks.  What more could you want from a zine?  It’s by CJ Reay so if you want a copy or just want to check out some of his other work you can find more on his web page.  I bought my copy in the lovely Orbital in London but I’m not sure if they’ll still have copies available as it was some time ago now.

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My favourite portrait from Freaks and Geeks is Harris Trinsky and my favourite from Twin Peaks is evil Bob.  It’s just the kind of thing I like – including characters’ loves and hates and quotes from them.  Very good fun and nicely drawn.  I checked out the web link myself today and see that CJ Reay has very good taste in TV shows as he has done a Parks and Recreation colouring book (complete with colouring pencils!) which you can buy on Etsy here for just £3.50 plus p&p.  Excellent value – I’ve ordered my copy!

The next zine I want to mention is Kramer Sutra.  I came to Seinfeld late in life but I am absolutely obsessed with it – it’s PERFECT.  My favourite character is George but I love a bit of Kramer too so when I found this little zine in Needles & Pens in San Francisco (O yes, I travel, don’t you know!) I had to have it.  It’s brilliant and I wish I could share some of the text with you – it’s clever and very funny – but I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you should just buy it instead.  But I figured one picture would not hurt to whet your appetite, so I hope that Chelsea Martin (who wrote and illustrated it) does not mind me including one of the portraits here:

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Any fan of Seinfeld needs a copy of this zine.  It’s available at the Universal Error Etsy shop here.  I can’t recommend it enough – buy it now!

The final zine I wanted to mention is one about Buck Rogers.  I found this one in Isotope in San Francisco, which is an amazing little comic store with a vast collection of independent zines, small press and comics (as well as the Toilet Seat Museum – toilet seats decorated with original artwork by comic book artists).  The owner there is really nice as well – you should visit if you’re in the area.  Anyway, back to Buck – it’s by Drawdoer Jones.  You can find his web page here if you want to check out more.  It’s very funny but at the same time full of cosmic sadness.  Here’s a small extract from it, I hope the artist doesn’t mind (let me know if you do!):

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I hope you find these zines as interesting and as fun as I do.  Feel free to send me suggestions of others I might want to purchase!


Michel Polnareff article in After Dark October 1976

I found this magazine in America with a 2 page article about Polnareff.  It’s not a brilliant article actually (there’s a lot missing or glossed over…) but it’s amazing to find something like this in an English language magazine so I thought I’d share it anyway:

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After Dark, October 1976, pp68-69

The Walker Brothers – teen magazine articles

Some more recent acquisitions – these teen magazine articles just have to be shared.  This first one is the best interview ever – Gary Walker is just the cat’s pyjamas!  My favourite quotes from Gary – “I love pigs”, “I’m a fun person, a sort of Hugh Hefner”, “Are there such things as Martians?” and “One day I’m gonna dress up in a gorilla skin and sit in the zoo.”  Mad as a box of frogs!  Without further ado, here’s the first article from Teen Life March 1967 – check out John’s heavy eyeliner and the Alvin Stardust style posing (I wonder if Alvin was a Walker Brothers fan…?):

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The second article also comes from Teen Life, this one from December 1966.  Poor Scott, it must be so terrible being so handsome and all.  Favourite quote from this one is: “…[he] hovers gaunt and uneasily on his thin legs in the corner of the room”.  Scott may be an amazing singer/songwriter but he’s not a barrel of laughs!  Here you go:

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This next one is from Movie Teen Illustrated July 1967.  This magazine is partly written by the teenage fans themselves but this article just provides some young girls’ thoughts on The Walker Brothers – “I’d die if I could only have one [of The Walker Brothers] and had to make a choice.”  Have them all, why not?!

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The Walker Brothers eyeing their loving fans!

This final picture is not from a teen magazine – it’s the cover of Music Echo 9 April 1966, when The Walker Brothers were number one in the charts.  Nice photo and worth sharing:

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The Left Banke teen magazine press

The Left Banke are cutie pies (and “a long hair group” too apparently!) so it’s no wonder they featured in the American teen magazines in the 1960s.  I recently found a couple of magazines with articles about them and thought they should be shared.  Hope you like them:

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The above article is from a magazine called Teen’s Top Ten dated March 1967.

The second article is from a magazine called Movie Teen Illustrated dated July 1967:

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Teen’s Top Ten also included this little snippet about the band:

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I’m still hanging about a bit for the band to come over to the UK to play – please someone bring The Left Banke over here to do some shows soon!

The Zombies with a monkey

Some time back I posted a photo story about The Zombies vs The Daleks from Fabulous magazine in March 1965, which I thought was amazing – this post is about an equally amazing Zombies story: The Zombies and their monkey fan Linda.  She was a very trendy girl in her stripey t-shirt and glasses – and she had great taste in music!

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Excuse the quality of the scan – the paper is quite old and grainy.  In case you want to track it down yourself it’s from Music Echo 9 April 1966.