Friday, 28 April 2017
A SUDDEN GUST OF WIND BLOWS IN WITH SOME SAD NEWS - LEO BAXENDALE 1930-2017 (UPDATED)...
As most of you will know by now, LEO BAXENDALE passed away recently. Leo was an influential creator in the world of UK comics, but due to leaving mainstream comics in the mid-1970s, is known mainly to diehard fans who read his stuff in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. News of his sad demise will bring him a wider recognition among the great British public, but it's a poor trade-off at the end of the day. Some people you think will live forever, some people deserve to live forever, and Leo probably deserved it more than most. True, he has attained a kind of immortality through his comics creations, but even that seems a lesser reward than it should be.
Anyway, there's little point in me repeating facts and figures about his career; that's already been done on other blogs, in far more detail than my tendency to the superficial can match. Suffice to say that, when it comes to comics, Leo was a lion. There have been other lions of course, and there'll be others again, but he was among the first. Sadly, I never met him, but he very kindly replied to several of my fan letters over the years, and, at my bold request in the position of assistant editor of The ILLUSTRATED COMIC JOURNAL back in the '90s, supplied an article for publication within its pages. True, it had appeared elsewhere first, but Leo didn't think the readership of both 'venues' would overlap, and we were glad to have it.
With each passing day, another little piece of our childhood is eroded away, and with Leo's passing, quite a large chunk has been chipped off in one fell swoop. For what it's worth, if anything, I'm sure readers of this humble blog extend their condolences to Leo's family and friends at this sad time. We're frowning at the moment, but we'll all laugh again after an appropriate interval, especially when we read again some of Leo's comic creations that we enjoyed as kids, teenagers, and adults.
Rest in peace Leo Baxendale. He may be gone, but he'll never be forgotten as long as unruly kids indulge in mischief and mayhem in any school playground.
Posted by Kid at Friday, April 28, 2017