Yaroslav Horak

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Horak
Born Yaroslav Horak
(1927-06-12) 12 June 1927 (age 90)
Harbin, Manchuria
Nationality Russian
Australian
Area(s) artist
Pseudonym(s) Larry Horak
Notable works
James Bond

Yaroslav Horak (born 1927) is an ethnic Czech-Russian, then London-based, now Australian-based illustrator and comics artist, best known for his work on the newspaper comic strip James Bond.

Biography[edit]

A panel of James Bond as illustrated by Horak.

Horak was born on 12 June 1927 in Harbin, China, the son of a Czech father and Russian mother. In 1939 his family migrated to Sydney, Australia prior to World War II. He began his career as a portrait painter but switched to illustration for the larger Australian magazine publishers. In 1948 Horak’s first accepted comic strips were for Rick Davis (a detective adventure) and The Skyman (a mysterious costumed flyer) in 1948. He then moved to Syd Nicholls' Publications where he worked on Ray Thorpe (an adventure series) and Ripon – the Man from Outer Space (sci-fi). Horak also did comic strips for a number of other Sydney publishers, before he moved to Melbourne where he drew Brenda Starr for Atlas Publications. In 1954 he created The Mask – The Man of Many Faces[1][2] and an adaptation of the popular children’s TV program Captain Fortune for Fairfax publications The Sun-Herald between 1957–1962 and Mike Steele – Desert Rider for Woman’s Day magazine.

Horak then moved to England in 1962, where he also drew adventure stories for D.C. Thomson of Scotland, the scripts being supplied by others. He was the second artist, taking over from John McLusky, for the Daily Express strip James Bond from 1966 to 1977, then for the Sunday Express and the Daily Star from 1977 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1984. In total Horak worked on 33 James Bond comic strips sequences.

Horak also created the comic series Jet Fury, in addition to working on other comic strips such as Andrea, Cop Shop[3] and Sergeant Pat of the Radio Patrol.

Horak also achieved a degree of popularity during the 1960s when he was employed by Fleetway Publications (later IPC Magazines) to contribute art for 11 of their comic books in the War Picture Library and Battle Picture Library series. His complete contributions are as follows:

  • WPL 214 Rough Justice 1963
  • WPL 303 Death Or Dishonour 1965
  • WPL 304 Battle Drill 1965
  • WPL 315 Cross For Courage 1965
  • WPL 323 Passage Of Arms 1966
  • WPL 648 The Curse 1971
  • BPL 156 The Savage Sands 1964
  • BPL 173 The Stronghold 1964
  • BPL 190 Killers Code 1965
  • BPL 197 Gun Crazy 1965
  • BPL 231 Victory Cry 1965

James Bond strips[edit]

Title Writer Published date Serial no.
The Man with the Golden Gun0 Jim Lawrence0 10 January 1966 – 9 September 1966 1-209
The Living Daylights Jim Lawrence 12 September 1966 – 12 November 19660 210-263
Octopussy Jim Lawrence 14 November 1966 – 27 May 1967 264-428
The Hildebrand Rarity Jim Lawrence 29 May 1967 – 16 December 1967 429-602
The Spy Who Loved Me Jim Lawrence 18 December 1967 – 3 October 1968 603-815
The Harpies Jim Lawrence 10 October 1968 – 23 June 1969 816-1037
River Of Death Jim Lawrence 24 June 1969 – 29 November 1969 1038–1174
Colonel Sun Jim Lawrence 1 December 1969 – 28 August 1970 1175–1393
The Golden Ghost Jim Lawrence 21 August 1970 – 16 January 1971 1394–1519
Fear Face Jim Lawrence 18 January 1971 – 20 April 1971 1520–1596
Double Jeopardy Jim Lawrence 21 April 1971 – 28 August 1971 1597–1708
Starfire Jim Lawrence 30 August 1971 – 24 December 1971 1709–1809
Trouble Spot Jim Lawrence 28 December 1971 – 10 June 1972 1810–1951
Isle Of Condors Jim Lawrence 12 June 1972 – 21 October 1972 1952–2065
The League Of Vampires Jim Lawrence 25 October 1972 – 28 February 1973 2066–2172
Die With My Boots On Jim Lawrence 1 March 1973 – 18 June 1973 2173–2256
The Girl Machine Jim Lawrence 19 June 1973 – 3 December 1973 2257–2407
Beware Of Butterflies Jim Lawrence 4 December 1973 – 11 May 1974 2408–2541
The Nevsky Nude Jim Lawrence 13 May 1974 – 21 September 1974 2542–2655
The Phoenix Project Jim Lawrence 23 September 1974 – 18 February 1975 2656–2780
The Black Ruby Caper Jim Lawrence 19 February 1975 – 15 July 1975 2781–2897
Till Death Do Us Apart Jim Lawrence 7 July 1975 – 14 October 1975 2989-2983
The Torch-Time Affair Jim Lawrence 15 October 1975 – 15 January 1976 2984-3060
Hot-Shot Jim Lawrence 16 January 1976 – 1 June 1976 3061-3178
Nightbird Jim Lawrence 2 June 1976 – 4 November 1976 3179-3312
Ape Of Diamonds Jim Lawrence 5 November 1976 – 22 January 1977 3313-3437
When The Wizard Awakes Jim Lawrence 30 January 1977 – 22 May 1977 1-54
Sea Dragon Jim Lawrence
1977
55-192
Death Wing Jim Lawrence
1977-1978
193-354
The Xanadu Connection Jim Lawrence
1978
355-468
Shark Bait Jim Lawrence
1978-1979
469-636
Snake Goddess Jim Lawrence
1983-1984
822-893
Double Eagle Jim Lawrence
1984
894-965

References[edit]

  1. ^ vixenmagazine.com The Mask - The Man of Many Faces
  2. ^ International Hero The Australian Mask
  3. ^ "TV cops join our strips". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 June 1980. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

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