The artist on this page took over from Gifford. It may have been by Hugh O'Neil. Hugh McNeill was the creator of Pansy Potter the Strong Man's Daughter which had its debut in the Christmas edition of Beano in 1938. This became Pansy Potter in Wonderland in 1949 and the great artwork was by James Clark. McNeil also drew a great adventure strip for one of the Knockout's companion papers, The Sun (there was also The Comet) featuring Dick Turpin and his female companion Moll Moonlight, created by Leonard Mathews.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Our Ernie was the creation of Charles Holt and ran from 1939-1960 with illustrations by a variety of artists. Denis Gifford drew this for only a brief period in 1950 when a more accomplished artist (seen here) took over. For some reason Gifford was allowed to sign his work, something rare in the UK comics, maybe his name was known through radio and television work.
Stonehenge Kit (1939-52) was created by Norman Ward and the better comics were not by Gifford. Gifford’s work was usually signed. This Stonehenge Kit strip looks something like the work of brother’s Reg or George Parlett.
The only strip originated by Denis Gifford for Amalgamated press was Steadfast McStaunch (1950-52) which was a comic page featuring puzzles, optical illusions and dot-de-dots. Steadfast McStaunch was a funny animal comic about a dog in the middle ages. Others he worked on were William Wagtail (1945) and Dicky Diddle (1952.)