Here’s the fantastic cover for the forthcoming Tom Paterson Collection from the Treasury of British Comics, which will be published later this year, featuring a treasure trove of some of his best strips from Buster, Whizzer and Chips and more.
Scottish artist Tom Paterson is one of the most inventive and influential cartoonists British comics have produced. Inspired by the work of fellow cartoonists such as George Martin, Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid, Tom became a comic artist at a young age, working for Fleetway and DC Thomson, on such classic strips as “Sweeny Toddler”, “Calamity James”, “Buster”, “Grimly Feendish”, “The Numskulls”, “Bananaman” and “Dennis the Menace”.
At the beginning of his career Tom was ghosting artists like Baxendale, but his own style and sense of humour quickly developed and Tom’s work soon became unmistakable. His trademark stinky, striped sock often appeared in the panels of his work – a useful identifier born out of an age where publishers frowned upon artists signing their work.
Along with the sock came the additional, visual comedic gags scattered throughout the strips, giving each one that instant re-readability.
This collection features some of Tom’s outstanding colour and black and white strip work for IPC/Fleetway from titles like Buster, Whoopee!, Jackpot, Whizzer & Chips and Oink!, amongst others. With quotes from the man himself and some extra, added treasures, this is a must have for fans of British humour comics both young and old!
An exclusive Treasury of British Comics web shop cover, also by Tom, will be revealed at a later date.
• The Treasury of British Comics Presents: The Tom Paterson Collection
Out: 25th November 2021
Format: Standard hardcover and webshop exclusive hardcover with covers by Tom Paterson
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.