Steve Kingston took over on the Carrie strip in 1977 after the departure
of Mario Capaldi.
Steve had contributed artwork
to Mayfair, and other men's magazines, for several years and had
been asked a number of times if he would take over the strip.
Steve was easily the most prolific of Carrie's illustrators, drawing
well over a hundred strips over ten years. He was paired initially
with David Brenner, who was employed by Mayfair as a staff writer.
Steve Kingston's style, particularly in the early days, was more cartoon-like
than either of his predecessors and, while he created some highly imaginative
perils for our heroine, and produced many fine examples of erotic art, at
times the strip appeared rushed and lacked the sort of detail that made
Lawrence's work so memorable. It also lacked the kinkiness
of Lawrence's work. It has to conceded, though, that Steve had an
exceptional talent for depicting see through underwear!!
The men Carrie had met in Lawrence's strips had only one thing on their mind.
The humour stemmed from the way in which, most of the time, she got
the better of them.
Many of Steve Kingston's stories relied solely on Carrie losing her clothes.
While this was always a pleasure to witness, it did become fairly routine and it
beggared belief when time and again the men Carrie met seemed content to
laugh at her predicament without taking any advantage.
There were exceptions - the "Hinge and Bracket" duo (right)
who took Carrie in to "dry off" after a soaking obviously recognised a
good thing when they saw it,
as did the guys from the bob-sleigh team when they found her
with her head stuck in the railings.
We also enjoyed Carrie's encounter with a couple of costumed cads
from the Civil War society the
Dave Brenner left the magazine during Kingston's run and
spent a short time working as a sports reporter for London's LBC Radio.
Later storylines were devised by Brian Bower. Bower, who was actually a postman
at the time, had submitted a couple of scripts to the magazine which Kingston liked.
The two men would bounce ideas around between them. Kingston says that
Bower had a real feel for the character and would produce storylines almost effortlessly.
Bower went uncredited because Mayfair's editor decided he wanted only
a single credit on the strip.
Kingston was quoted last year as saying "after illustrating
Carrie's adventures for so many years (113 published in total) it is truly
gratifying to know that she was appreciated by so many. I certainly
enjoyed painting her and indeed she took up a big part of my life as
an illustrator. Strange as it may seem, I enjoyed painting her more
towards the end, so I didn't get tired of depicting her (mis)
adventures every month, just that circumstances took me in a somewhat
a pay-site which includes, they say, some new specially drawn material.
Out of respect for them we will not, knowingly, feature here any
material which has been filched from their archives. All the images posted
in Carrie's Den are already posted elsewhere
on the web and are freely available for anyone to access.
Steve still owns all the original art he did for Mayfair along with
other men's magazines.
The limitations imposed by our free host means that we have had
to sacrifice size and quality on all the strips posted.
For that reason alone it may be worth joining CARRIE-CARTOON.COM
for larger, clearer images, although Steve Kingston
tells us that none of the scans for any website, including CARRIE-CARTOON.COM, were
taken from his originals.
Incidentally Steve also produced a Carrie pin-up
for a company called Gainsborough.
Carrie's Aerobics Workout Everyone warms up when Carrie has a work-out. (Mayfair Vol. 20 No. 6 - June 1985)
Carrie at the Airport Carrie's holiday starts with an airport take-off.
(Mayfair Vol. 16 No. 8 - August 1981)
Carrie the Angler When Carrie Goes Angling she proves the biggest catch.
(Mayfair Vol. 14 No. 5 - May 1979)
Carrie the April Fool Unsuspecting Carrie falls victim to the April Fool's Pranksters.
(Mayfair Vol. 15 No. 4 - April 1980)
Carrie and the Artist Our stripgirl hits the canvas when she helps out an artist.
(Mayfair Vol. 19 No. 9 - September 1984)
Carrie's Audition Carrie's parts refresh the roles others strive for.
(Mayfair Vol. 18 No. 10 - October 1983)
Carrie at the Awards Ceremony A fine mess for Carrie as she gets her just desserts.
(Mayfair Vol. 18 No. 11 - November 1983)
Carrie the Gladiator Carrie's dream of a Colosseum clash is painfully pierced! (Mayfair Vol. 23 No. 4 - April 1989)
Carrie plays Golf There's a rough time ahead for our golfing Birdie.
(Mayfair Vol. 20 No. 8 - August 1985)
Carrie on a Gondola The gondolier goes overboard at Carrie's accidental splash.
(Mayfair Vol. 16 No. 10 - October 1981)
Carrie the Guy Fawkes Carrie's the Nov 5 fall guy but everyone enjoys her display.
(Mayfair Vol. 17 No. 11 - November 1982)
Carrie and the Painter Carrie's brush with a painter brings colour back to her cheeks. (Mayfair Vol. 17 No. 6 - June 1982)
Carrie's Pantomime Carrie horses around but the going gets too hot at the Panto.
(Mayfair Vol. 15 No. 2 - February 1980)
Carrie in the Park Our stripgirl's park bench surprise glues her to the spot.
(Mayfair Vol. 14 No. 4 - April 1979)
Carrie and the Pirates Carrie's in for a jolly rogering in her buccaneering dream. (Mayfair Vol. 17 No. 8 - August 1982)
Carrie runs out of Petrol Our stripgirl feels fuel-less after she runs out of petrol.
(Mayfair Vol. 19 No. 10 - October 1984)
Carrie at the Photo-shoot A snap decision puts clumsy Carrie in the picture. (Mayfair Vol. 20 No. 11 - November 1985)
Carrie the Policewoman WPC Carrie's an arresting sight on point duty. (Mayfair Vol. 22 No. 4 - April 1987)
Carrie the Post-girl Post-girl Carrie, dogged by disaster, re-directs the male.
(Mayfair Vol. 18 No. 5 - May 1983)
Carrie the Punk A ill-fitting end for Carrie in her clothes shop. (Mayfair Vol. 19 No. 11 - November 1984)