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The Spitfire is a design classic and a symbol of British indomitability. The icon of British military history is so beautiful and yet so deadly. “Spitfire! close-up” shows the fighter aircraft being chased by a German Messerschmidt 109.
This image is a detail of a panel taken from Commando! comic. The screenprint is part of my close-up range, where I have selected a detail of a best-selling panel and bled it to the edges of the paper to emphasise the drama of the image.
Commando! comics have been produced by Britain's top comic publisher DC Thomson for more than 50 years – and they are still in print.
I am the the first and only screenprinter to have permission from DC Thomson to use their archive of images for my work.
More Spitfires were produced than any other British Second World War aircraft – although the Hurricane was more numerous in the Battle OF Britain. Various versions were produced, but the Spitfire was the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war.
It was designed by RJ Mitchell and first flew in 1936. More than 20,000 were produced in total until 1948 and was till in service (for the Irish Air Service) in 1961. As of 2015, there were apparently about 50 Spitfires still airworthy.
Standard size: 25cm x 19cm.
Medium size: 48cms x 38cms.
Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.