Art for Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

In Memoriam: Children’s Illustrator John Burningham

John Burningham, who died earlier this month aged 82, was the creator of beloved picture books including Mr Gumpy’s Outing and Avocado Baby. He and his wife and fellow illustrator Helen Oxenbury were given a joint lifetime achievement award from children’s charity Booktrust last year, celebrating their work on books including Husherbye, Granpa and Oi!Continue reading In Memoriam: Children’s Illustrator John Burningham

Nick Jolly 782 Hotspur SNIP

Ron Smith – A Personal Tribute by Colin Noble

My appreciation of comic artist Ron Smith, who died earlier this week, is lifelong. His passing is a great loss to the British comics industry, and our community… On the afternoon of Wednesday 2nd October 1974, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself.  I had been off school for six weeks and I was boredContinue reading Ron Smith – A Personal Tribute by Colin Noble

2000AD - Judge Dredd - Block War - art by Ron Smith © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

In Memoriam: 2000AD, comic creators and fans pay tribute to artist Ron Smith

British comic creators, publishers and fans have paid tribute to Judge Dredd artist and former Spitfire pilot Ron Smith, who passed away aged 90 early yesterday, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Ron began his long and much-admired creative career in animation at Gaumont British Animation after World War Two, before moving into comics forContinue reading In Memoriam: 2000AD, comic creators and fans pay tribute to artist Ron Smith

Terry Bave’s cover for the 1994 Big Comic Fortnightly Holiday Special

In Memoriam: Whizzer & Chips, Dandy cartoonist Terry Bave

We’re very sorry to report of the passing of another great of British humour comics, cartoonist Terry Bave, who has died after a short illness, aged 87. His many credits since the 1950s included work for Wham!, Cor!, Whizzer and Chips and, later, the Beano and The Dandy. Although he retired in 2007 he continued toContinue reading In Memoriam: Whizzer & Chips, Dandy cartoonist Terry Bave

Wide World October 1962 p234-235 “Terror on the Thames” by H. J. Higgins

Mike Noble In Focus: “Wide World” (1962)

Following the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved and most influential comic artists, Mike Noble, who died last moth, Norman Boyd turned his attention to some of his lesser known, earlier work for the long-running adventure magazine Wide World… I knew Mike Noble, having first met him on 27th July 2002 – and wondered howContinue reading Mike Noble In Focus: “Wide World” (1962)