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In Memoriam: Andy Robertson, SF editor

Art by Smuzz

We’re sorry to report the passing of SF editor and fan Andy Robertson who had been involved with Interzone, serving as Assistant Editor from an early stage and contributing many reviews and interviews. Andy also published a number of stories and edited two anthologies based on the works of William Hope Hodgson and was working with my Crucible co-creator, Smuzz, on The Night Land project. With ... Read More »

“A Lovely Bloke”… Barrie Mitchell remembers Tony Harding

Tony Harding and Barrie Mitchell at London-based Link Studios, sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Picture courtesy Antony Harding.

  Following up on his son’s tribute, fellow comic artist Barrie Mitchell recalls working with artist Tony Harding… I first met Tony when he walked through the door,  which he filled, at Link Studios. He was a big lad. I was into the second year of my four year apprenticeship and the studio wanted someone to replace John M. Burns, ... Read More »

“Does Your Dad Draw for Roy of the Rovers?”

Tony Harding and Barrie Mitchell at London-based Link Studios, sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Picture courtesy Antony Harding.

Antony Harding pays tribute to his father, Tony Harding, artist on “Roy of the Rovers”, “Twisty”, “Look Out for Lefty” and many more classic British football strips…   During my school years, from time to time older kids would come up to me and ask me for my father’s autograph. On hearing this, my dad would make a joke of ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Gordon Bell

A panel from "Spoofer McGraw" for the Sparky Book, 1972, drawn by Gordon Bell.

We’re sorry to report the passing of another British comics great – comic artist Gordon Bell, whose work most recently appeared in DC Thomson’s Courier newspaper under the byline Fax, but who is fondly remembered by many for his work for The Beano (on strips such as “Pup Parade”) and Sparky (on “Spoofer McGraw”, one of my favourite humour strips). Gordon, ... Read More »

In Memoriam: “Look Out for Lefty” artist Anthony John “Tony” Harding

An opening panel from "Look out for Lefty", drawn by Tony Harding, the controversial strip that featured in Action in the 1970s.

(Updated 24/2/14, adding David Hunt’s comments on Tony’s passing): We’re sorry to report the passing of comic artist Anthony John “Tony” Harding, whose credits across over 30 years in British comics included work for both DC Thomson and IPC Magazines, on comics such as Bullet, Scorcher, Hornet, Action, Roy of the Rovers, Victor and Scoop. Tony, who died in January ... Read More »

In Memoriam: José Ortiz Moya

We’re sorry to report the passing of veteran Spanish artist José Ortiz Moya (best known in the UK as José Ortiz), whose work British comic fans will recall from comics such as Scream, the 1980s Eagle and 2000AD. Reporting his passing, the Spanish newspaper Levante notes Ortiz, who was 81, was a perfectionist as an artist and one of many ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Eagle editor Bob Bartholomew

Bob Batholomew, circa 1949, in his red Singer Le Mans sports car. Photo via Bear Alley.

Bob Bartholomew, who died on 9th October at the age of ninety, became editor of Eagle in late 1962 and remained in charge until its demise in April 1969. He took over at a time of crisis, following Eagle’s dramatic fall in sales after a disastrous revamp in March 1962, after the takeover by the Mirror Group. He quickly made ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Eagle editor Bob Bartholomew

Steve Holland has reported on the passing of Bob Bartholomew, best known to the comics’ world as the editor of Eagle and Boys’ World in the 1960s, who died on Wednesday, 9th October, at the age of 90. “Bob had been kind enough to share his memories of his days working at The Amalgamated Press, Odhams and IPC over the ... Read More »

Artist Colin Andrew: A Tribute by Syd Jordan

As we reported earlier this week, veteran comic artist Colin Andrew recently passed. Here, Syd Jordan pays tribute to this unsung artisan of British comics (and much more)… An episode of Jeff Hawke: Overlord. Jeff Hawke © Daily Express ENVOI In the Eastern Chapel of Golders Green Crematorium, filled to overflowing with family and friends, Colin Andrew’s simple “green” coffin ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Colin Andrew

Colin Andrew. Photo courtesy the New Camden Journal

The following tribute is compiled with grateful thanks to Martin Baines, Gerry Dolan, Martin Griffiths, the Illustration Art Gallery (from where much of the information featured below about Colin’s career was sourced), Steve Holland , the New Camden Journal and Geoff Senior. We’re saddened to report that the British comics industry is one less very talented artist with the loss ... Read More »

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