Monday, 31 August 2015


"So much for this new toilet design,"
thinks COTE DE PABLO.  "There's no
hole in the seat or any plumbing to flush it
all away."  Not that it matters much as she's
forgotten to drop her kecks anyway.  I'd
wash 'em out as soon as you can, luv.


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

This was the third merged issue of FANTASTIC & TERRIFIC, and
the reason it stands out in my memory is because I remember seeing it
lying on a newsagent's counter in the local shopping area of the neigh-
bourhood next to mine.  I don't think I bought it then, but acquired it
later, probably in a bunch of Fantastics that a friend gave to me.

Whenever I look at this cover today, I'm back in that dingy, old-
fashioned newsagent's where I bought many a comic in the days of
my youth, way back in the swinging '60s.  I visit there often, but only
in memory, alas.  What memories, if any, does this particular cover
summon forth for you?  Reveal all in the comments section.


STAR WARS - the comic that saved MARVEL.  Not the British
edition you see above, but the American one.  Apparently, Marvel's
fortunes were on the wane and if it hadn't been for them acquiring the
rights to GEORGE LUCAS's space fantasy epic,  they may not have
been around for DISNEY to acquire a few years back.

Funny how these things work out, eh?  The Marvel U.K. weekly
didn't have quite the impact as the U.S. monthly, but I think we can
safely assume that it did okay for itself.  The Force was with it!


Okay, you've had more than enough
time to comment on my artwork, so, given
the few responses I've received, most of you
clearly think it's sh*te.  Never mind, here's a
picture you won't turn up your noses at -
the crackin' CINDY CRAWFORD!

Sunday, 30 August 2015


'Homage' to cover of IRON MAN #150.  Hand drawn, no tracing or graph
paper or projectors involved.  Characters copyright MARVEL COMICS

It's not generally known, but although I was primarily a lettering
artist throughout my 15 year career in comics, my original ambition
was to be an adventure comic strip artist.  I started lettering simply
to get my size 9s in the door, but when I saw that I could earn more
as a letterer than as an artist (on account of being faster at the
former than the latter), I stuck mainly with the lettering.

However, I did a bit of drawing as well, adding to panels when
re-sizing IPC comic libraries, and doing occasional spot illos when
the opportunity presented itself.  I also worked as a restoration artist
on some MARVEL MASTERWORK volumes, re-inking and even
re-creating JACK KIRBY art, which was a huge thrill for me.

However, my frank and forthright views on this blog on the
state of the British comics 'industry' (hah!) has brought me in for
criticism from some quarters, with a few disgruntled individuals dis-
missing me as "only a letterer" and a "Kirby tracer".  Thing is, I got
my first paying gig as a cartoonist when I was still at school, and have
produced artwork for publication (for which I was paid) since even
before (during and after) I started freelancing for IPC/FLEET-
WAY, MARVEL COMICS (and others).

So here are a few examples of my artwork ranging from my
teenage years right up to adulthood.  Quite a few are professional
pieces I was paid for, some were freebies for people I know, and the
remainder were done for my own amusement.  I've shown them all
before at various times, but it can't hurt to remind people that I'm
certainly more than "only a letterer".  Funny how some people
who work in comics mistakenly imagine that it's the only
legitimate outlet for an artist's work, eh?


Wow!  This is one of the fastest visited posts in my blog's
history - and quite a number of them via proxy servers and
'detour' routes too.  (Must be from people who don't want me to
know they've looked.)  And yet, no comments so far.  Don't be
shy now;  tickle my ego by telling me what I know already -
some of these images ain't half bad at all!

"If you don't like a certain cartoonist's version of DESPERATE
then why not try drawing it yourself?"
someone dared me.
So I did!  Characters copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

B&W copy of colour ad for a local restaurant.  I was going
to be paid £100 for it, but decided against it in the end

2000 A.D. pin-up.  I was paid for it, but don't know
if it was ever published.  Characters copyright

One of the lettering samples which got me the promise of work from
IPC.  Pencils by me.  Characters copyright MARVEL COMICS

Set of four cartoon illustrations for Equestrian event programme

Cartoon illustration for local business

Acrylic ink caricature of a friend's son

Pencil caricature done as a gift for someone

Parody of AMAZING FANTASY #15 splash page

Cartoon strip for local business

Proposed strip (at the request of BOB PAYNTER) for OINK!
comic while at the preparation stage.  Never got any feedback,
but a similar character appeared a few months later

William Hartnell Doctor figure and Tardis drawn in
1983, background completed 30 years later, in 2013

Acrylic ink portrait done as a gift for someone
after much badgering.  Yeah, you can see my
heart wasn't really  in it

Inked drawing done as a gift for someone.  Characters

Newspaper ad drawn as a teenager for local business

Photocopy of pencil drawing done for my own amusement

Instruction leaflet for local business's delivery drivers

Newspaper ad for Glasgow hairdressers

Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone


Pair of flyers for local business

Proposed logo for Glasgow Con.  Don't know if it was used or not

Cartoons for two camping posters done in my late teens/early 20s

Logo for local business

Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone

Quick caricature done as a gift for someone

Fun & Activity booklet produced for local business

Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone

Unfinished pencil caricature

Comic strip drawn for The BOOTS NEWS when I was 17

Pencil drawing done as a teenager

Unpublished strip for local paper.  Others were published 'though

Cartoon strip drawn for my own amusement

And finally - a couple of pages of JK artwork I inked.  The FF
one appeared in an issue of The JACK KIRBY Collector
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