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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Prehistoric Animals (by Peter Zallinger)

Vintage Dinosaur Art

There’s a tendency in children’s publishing to give any book that features a range of prehistoric animals – including dinosaurs – a title that literally places the word ‘dinosaurs’ above all else, in a huge typeface, often followed by a much smaller “and the prehistoric world” or “and other prehistoric animals”. It’s a tendency I’ve alluded to on a number of occasions by referring to ‘otherprehistoricanimals’ appearing in books, as if they’re an afterthought. Well, not here! For this 1978…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs (St Michael) – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Back we go into the wonderfully Bernard Robinson-illustrated world of 1978’s Dinosaurs, from St Michael (aka Marks and Spencer). Except this time, we’re actually looking at the art from this book that wasn’t provided by Robinson, but is instead attributed to various agencies. It’s a shame that we can’t put specific names to pieces, but at least the illustrations themselves are often good fun. Like this one. The above illustration forms part of a series that is intended to illustrate…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs (St Michael) – Part 1

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Not so long ago, I looked at a book sold under a supermarket brand (in the UK at least), and now here’s one that was published under the banner of the British department store chain, Marks and Spencer. Or at least, under their St Michael sub-brand, which I remember from my childhood, but doesn’t seem to be used by them anymore. In any case, it’s another book that’s considerably better than it has any right to be, and not least…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: A natural history of Dinosaurs – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Last time around, we had a look at various illustrations of theropods from 1977’s A natural history of Dinosaurs (this edition being from 1978), authored by Richard Moody and involving an assortment of artists. While theropods are obviously the Best Dinosaurs, I’m aware that there are people out there – strange people, no doubt – who are more interested in ornithischians (or non-theropod ornithoscelidilians, if you prefer) and sauropods. So here they are! Starting with a very early sauropodomorph with…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: A natural history of Dinosaurs – Part 1

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Although it was during the early 1990s when I first became interested in dinosaurs and dinosaur art, much of what was floating around back then had been produced decades prior. This only intensified when A Certain Movie came along, and everyone rushed out whatever dinosaur-festooned tat and half-hearted books they could to cash in. If a publisher happened to have the rights to some old dinosaur paintings from back in the ’70s then, well, that was easy money. As such,…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Great Dinosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I love pop-up books, and reviewed a load of them over on LITC Mk 1 – ranging from little-known National Geographic efforts illustrated by John Sibbick and Ely Kish, to slightly ropy work from illustrators who were probably just trying to pay the bills. My latest eBay acquisition – Great Dinosaurs – is probably a more comfortable fit in the latter camp, but at least illustrator Dennis Anderson gets to show off some impressive technical skill along the way. Yes,…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs, Giants of the Past

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Back in the more innocent days of 2013, I wrote a couple of VDA posts on Album of Dinosaurs, a book with artwork that was excellent for its time (1972). Digging through the many, many scanned titles that Charles Leon has sent me (thanks Charles! Hope you’re well!), I came upon this one and was immediately struck by how the style of the artwork seemed so similar to that seen in the Album. Well, there’s a perfectly good reason for…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: My Super Book of Dinosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Had you been out looking for a children’s dinosaur book in the United States back in 1971 (and why wouldn’t you have been? What else could you possibly do without the internet?), you may well have happened upon a brand new, fresh-off-the-presses copy of My Super Book of Dinosaurs. Published by Educational Reading Service USA of Mahwah, New Jersey – a name I’d love to hear pronounced with the local accent – this is about as generic as an early…

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