Tuesday, 12 November 2013

DUDLEY D. WATKIN'S FIRST EVER PUBLISHED COMIC STRIP...


OOR WULLIE copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

As has been recently reported on various other sites,
DUDLEY DEXTER WATKINS is the first person to be
honoured with a commemorative plaque in a new scheme
to celebrate the Year of Creative Scotland.

Long overdue, but better late than never.  Anyway,
I thought readers might enjoy seeing Dudley's first ever
published comic strip, reprinted in ALLY SLOPER #1
way back in 1976.

Dudley Dexter Watkins

4 comments:

Paul Muir said...

Excellent news for the genre and very well deserved for a pretty great guy (sadly awarded posthumously)and the award is given in the company of some true giants like John Logie Baird and James Watt to name a few, Although Dudley was an Englishman (hey we can forgive him of that) and whilst his work was enjoyed by all in the UK and further afield, his work Oor Wullie and the Broons are iconic to say the least in Scotland - as the plaques commemorate the work of people living and working in Scotland (whether they be Scots or not) it would be good to see another sasanach, the wonderful Leo Baxendale getting one as well after all his contribution to the Beano etc a Scottish based UK comic was and still is exceptional - Well done Hollyrood (thats the Scottish Gov) - McScotty

Gey Blabby said...

The Sunday Post was banned in our house, so I didn't get to see The Broons and Oor Wullie throughout the year, but I did get the annuals every Christmas, as well as The Beano and The Dandy every week. Now that I think about it, he was probably my first favourite artist, long before I ever heard of John Buscema or Neal Adams. I used to love those full-length panels he would do in The Broons when all the family were present for an occasion such as Hogmanay. I still read his stories to this day and they still seem fresh. No wonder they kept reprinting them for so many years.

DeadSpiderEye said...

What a fantastically gifted draughtsman.

Kid said...

Yes, it would be nice to see Bax get the same recognition in Scotland, McScotty, but it seems unlikely that two cartoonists who worked for the same company would be similarly awarded - sadly.

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They were (and are) absolutely brilliant, GB. Only Ken H. Harrison has drawn the characters anywhere near as good in the intervening years since DDW died, in my humble estimation.

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Thank you, DSE. DDW wasn't bad either. (Snigger.)

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