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    The Sultan's TreasureAClimax Color Comic 10, 1948

    Moira Bertram: Queen of the Comics

    By Kevin Patrick

    I made up my mind to draw and write comics...

    Back in late 2003, a copy of an old A!tralian comic datin" from t#e mid$1940! !old fornearly A%&3'0 on eBay A!tralia(1

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    Jo(page !A !ample of Bertram*!Jo, an on"oin" featre t#at fir!t appeared 194'

    .#at !et t#i! particlar comic apart from compara+le eBay action! /a! t#at it /a! anextremely rare copy of lameman( )#e adventre! of t#i! !per$po/ered "enie of t#e!n /ere /ritten and dra/n +y a /oman con!idered +y many a! +ein" amon"!t t#e +e!tcomic arti!t! of #er "eneration oira Bertram(

    Born in ydney in 1931, oira Bertram /a! !tdyin" portrait paintin" nder t#e notedA!tralian painter Ant#ony 5attillo 6++o7180$19'' /#en !#e +e"an /ritin" anddra/in" comic +ook! for #er o/n am!ement(

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    Jo/a! a +eatifl dancer /#o, /it# t#e aid of #er ma"ic cape, fo"#t off :apane!e!oldier! and ot#er /artime villain! alon"!ide #er American fi"#ter pilot +oyfriend( )#e!trip Dickly e!ta+li!#ed Bertram! reptation a! a vivid and ima"inative cartooni!t, #er/ork c#aracteri-ed +y #er "ranite$Ea/ed #eroe! and volpto!, "lamoro! /omen(

    %nlike many of #er male conterpart! of t#e time, Bertram from t#e ot!et "ra!ped t#edynamic !torytellin" po!!i+ilitie! of t#e comic +ook pa"e( F"e panel!, inventivecompo!ition! and di--yin" per!pective! dominate #er pa"e layot! 7many of /#ic#/ere prepared +y #er !i!ter, Kat#leen, /#ile #er !e of over$t#e$top !ond effect!anticipate! t#e comic +ook paintin"! of 19;0! Pop arti!t! like 6oy Gic#ten!tein(

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    Moira Bertram: Queen of the Comics

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    The -ed +rinceA Climax Color Comic , 1948

    Joonly la!ted a fe/ mont#! in t#eDaily Mirror, +t !c# /a! Bertram! o+vio! talentt#at it /a!nt lon" +efore t#e c#aracter +e"an appearin" in !everal one$!#ot comic +ook!

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    )#e I. Book!tall one$!#ot comic, Tokyos ecre! Weapon, i!!ed in t#e mid$1940!,featre! anot#erJo & Her Magic Cape!tory( Bertram! "lamoro! #eroine al!oappear! in"aci#ic $andi!s7C erie!C9, a one$!#ot comic p+li!#ed +y Jff!et Printin"Company to/ard! t#e end of .orld .ar )/o(

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    =f ever an arti!t! /ork de!erved to appear in color, it /a! oira Bertram!()#ankflly, comic +ook fan! "ot to enEoy !everal fll$color Bertram comic!, /#ic#/ere p+li!#ed in t#e KH rray P+li!#in" Company! "rond+reakin" Climax ColorComic!erie!, /#ic# appeared in 194$48(

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    Clima Color Comics &1948, incldin" Bertram*!

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    Moira Bertram: Queen of the Comics

    By Kevin Patrick

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    After KH rray a+andoned A!tralian comic! in favor of c#eaper over!ea! reprint!,oira, to"et#er /it# #er !i!ter Kat#leen took t#e +old !tep of p+li!#in" t#eir o/ncomic +ook, an adventre !erie! called(ed Finnegan74 i!!e!c(1949(

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