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Thursday, 2 August 2012
DICK MILLINGTON'S MIGHTY MOTH...
Cover art possibly by Bill Titcombe. Cover characters
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The earliest comics character I can recall is MIGHTY MOTH, from the long-running TV COMIC (which lasted for nearly 34 years from 1950 to '84). Artist DICK MILLINGTON was responsible for bringing the cloth-chomping mite to life, and it was because his distinctive style made such an impression on me when I first saw it in a 1962 or '63 TV Comic Holiday Special that I recognised it a year or two later on becoming aware of the weekly periodical. (I hadn't actually remembered the name of the comic or the character - it was the look of the diminutive Lepidopteran and the style he was drawn in that rang a bell in the depths of memory's belfry.)
Anyway, having self-indulgently refreshed my recollections of bygone days, the cover at the top of this post is from the 1977 TV Comic Annual, purchased at the end of '76. I thought I'd share one of the fondly-recalled comics celebrities of my boyhood with all you fellow fans in bloggerland, so feast your eyes on the accompanying two-page Mighty Moth strip from that very annual.