Saturday, February 28, 2015

DAILY MIRROR comic strip series 1904-2016

 Info UPDATED, June 10, 2016 

[1] June 23, 1938, art by Elzie Segar.
Compiled and researched by
Leonardo De Sá
 A  LFRED Harmsworth, Lord Northcliffe (1865-1922) published the first issue of his Daily Mirror newspaper on Monday, November 2, 1903. His brother Harold Harmsworth, Lord Rothermere (1868-1940), became the paper’s chief proprietor in 1914. Harry Guy Bartholomew (1878-1962) joined the Mirror in January 1904 and in November 1934 began experimenting with heavy black type, bold headlines, pin-ups, pictures and short easily digested text — with crime and sex as main features. Similar methods were soon adapted by other British newspapers. Bartholomew was Chairman of The Daily Mirror and The Sunday Pictorial from 1944 to 1951. William Kerridge Haselden (1872-1953) is considered the father of the British newspaper strip cartoon. His topical cartoons in the period 1904 to 1944, similar to the American cartoons of Clare A. Briggs, were a popular feature in the Mirror. The first British daily newspaper comic strip — titled Teddy Tail — appeared in another Harmsworth brothers paper, the Daily Mail. It began April 5, 1915, and was written and drawn by Charles Folkard (1878-1963). The Daily Mirror began printing comic strips in full colour on 06/Jun/1988.
[2] June 30, 1938.
comic strip series index

[3] June 28, 1938, art by A.B. Payne.  
Mrs. Hippo’s Kindergarten
   by Julius Stafford Baker; one-shot strip introducing Tiger Tim on 16/APR/1904 (the paper was then called The Daily Illustrated Mirror). In November 1904 the same animal characters began as a regular series in The Monthly Playbox, the children's supplement to the magazine The World and His Wife, then was transferred to The Children's Encyclopedia in 1914 and that same year The Bruin Boys and Tiger Tim became the lead strip in The Rainbow. It also had its own comic, Tiger Tim’s Weekly in 1920.
Pip, Squeak and Wilfred
   by “Uncle Dick” (writer; real name Bertram J. Lamb) & Austin B. Payne (artist); later written by Don Freeman, from 1938, and drawn by Hugh McClelland, after 1953. McClelland was the first head of the Daily Mirror strip department and creator of several comic strips.
Pip, Squeak and Wilfred debuted 12/MAY/1919; was dropped in 28/JUN/1940 and revived in 18/JAN/1947; ended 31/AUG/1954 (and was transferred the next day to the Junior Mirror and finally discontinued 09/MAR/1955); one story was reprinted in the Daily Mirror 21/NOV/1998 through 09/JAN/1999
   Pip and Squeak was the slightly different title of a free four-page Saturday pull-out comic supplement, numbered independently but maintaining the paper’s proper page numbers: it debuted 15/OCT/1921; was reduced to three pages with no. 24, dated 25/MAR/1922, then to two pages with no. 39, dated 08/JUL/1922, until no. 211, dated 24/OCT/1925. It proceeded with only one page with no. 212, dated 31/OCT/1925. Its front page title (masthead) was sporadically changed to Pip, Squeak and Wilfred with no. 113, dated 08/DEC/1923, and became permanent with no. 141, dated 21/JUN/1924. Besides the title heroes, it also featured several other individual comic stories and strip series for children such as “Betty or No Mother to Guide Her,” “The Adventures of Mollie and Maurice Mouse,” “Whispering Island,” “Big-Toe and Pearly-Tooth, the Pre-historic Children,” “The Magic Haystack,” “Peter and Pam Fight the Wolves,” etc.
   by MacMichael (?), later by Walter Bell: debuted 08/NOV/1924; ended 18/APR/1925 (in Pip, Squeak and Wilfred supplement).
A Trip Into the Future
   by ?: debuted 06/DEC/1924; ended 24/JAN/1925 (in Pip, Squeak and Wilfred supplement).
Tik and Tok
   by Gail Holloway: debuted 14/FEB/1925; ended 18/APR/1925 (in Pip, Squeak and Wilfred supplement).
   by ?: debuted 02/MAY/1925; ended 16/MAY/1925 (in Pip, Squeak and Wilfred supplement).
Izzy and Dizzy
   by ?: debuted 18/JUL/1925; ended 03/OCT/1925 (in Pip, Squeak and Wilfred supplement).
Mutt & Jeff (USA)
   by Bud Fisher: debuted 19/MAR/1923; ended 11/SEP/1923.

The Newlyweds (USA)
   by George McManus: debuted 26/OCT/1925; ended 26/APR/1926.

The Jinks Family
   by W.S.F.: debuted 18/APR/1927; ended 29/OCT/1927.

Father On His Holiday
   by W. K. Haselden: debuted 01/AUG/1928; ended 04/AUG/1928.

   by Harold Earnshaw: debuted 25/AUG/1928; ended 01/DEC/1928.

The Pater
   by Harold Earnshaw: debuted 10/DEC/1928; ended 28/FEB/1931.

   by Jove; debuted 19/OCT/1931; ended 19/NOV/1931.

   by Frank Dowling (writer) & “Dart” (Martin [unknown if Martin is first or last name], then Steve Dowling): debuted 21/NOV/1931; ended 25/NOV/1933. Also appeared in the Sunday Pictorial.
[4] June 27, 1938, by Norman Pett.
Jane’s Journal – The Diary of a Bright Young Thing
   by Norman Pett: debuted 05/DEC/1932; title changed to Jane… beginning 01/APR/1938; later written by Don Freeman, from December 1938; drawn by Michael Hubbard, starting 01/MAY/1948; its final episodes were written by Ian Gammidge; ended 10/OCT/1959. 
Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction?
   by Jack Dunkley; debuted 14/NOV/1933, ended 14/FEB/1934 (strip #65).
Ruggles (at times titled The Ruggles or The Ruggles Family)
   by Frank Dowling (writer; from 1946 succeeded by Guy Morgan, William Connor & Ian Gammidge) & “Blik” (artist; real name Steve Dowling, sometimes ghosted by Angus Scott): debuted 11/MAR/1935; ended 03/AUG/1957. 
[5] June 23, 1938, art by Gloria.
Belinda Blue-Eyes
   by William Connor (writer) & “Gloria” (artist; later drawn by Steve Dowling under the same pseudonym; sometimes ghosted by Angus Scott): debuted 30/SEP/1935; title shortened to Belinda 07/SEP/1939; drawn by Tony Royle from 1943; written by Peter O’Donnell for a while in 1952; later scripts by Don Freeman; ended 17/OCT/1959.

Gordon Fife, Soldier of Fortune (USA)
   by Bob Moore (writer) & John Hales (art), later drawn by Carl Pfeufer: debuted 03/AUG/1936; ended 16/OCT/1937.

Terror Keep
   by Don Freeman (writer; adapted from Edgar Wallace) & Jack Monk (artist): debuted 18/DEC/1936; ended 20/MAR/1937. 
[6] June 28, 1938, art by Jack Monk.
Buck Ryan
   by Don Freeman (writer; later by James Edgar) & Jack Monk (artist): debuted 22/MAR/1937; ended 31/JUL/1962. Reprints started 03/AUG/2015 newly colored by Martin Baines.

Popeye (USA)
   by E.C. Segar, then Doc Winner, then Bela Zaboly: debuted 13/MAY/1937; ended 16/FEB/1946.

Love Me Forever… (photo-comic)
   by ?: debuted 24/JUL/1937; ended 21 or 22/SEP/1937.

Connie (USA)
   by Frank Godwin: debuted 24/SEP/1937; ended 31/MAR/1938.

Camille and Her Boss
   by ?: debuted 04/OCT/1937, extant 20/DEC/1937; ended before 28/DEC/1937.

Beelzebub Jones
   by Hugh McClelland: debuted 28/DEC/1937; ended 28/DEC/1945.

The Mulligans
   by Jack Greenall: debuted 16/APR/1938; ended 04/JUN/1938.
[7] June 25, 1938, by Bernard Graddon.
Just Jake
   by Bernard Graddon (in later years written by Don Freeman, and drawn by Tony Royle; occasionally drawn by Ron Gibbs): debuted 04/JUN/1938; ended 14/APR/1952.
Henry (USA)
   by Carl Anderson: debuted 06/JUL/1939; ended 12/DEC/1939.

   by Steve Dowling (writer-artist): debuted 24/JUL/1943; then drawn by John Allard: 23/APR/1969 to 10/JUL/1971; drawn by Frank Bellamy: 12/JUL/1971 to 25/OCT/1976; drawn by Martin Asbury starting 26/OCT/1976; ended 22/MAR/1997 (reprints started 21/FEB/2011, with colours added by Martin Baines). Written by Steve Dowling, then by Don Freeman, then Hugh McClelland (1952-53), then Peter O’Donnell (from 1953), then James Edgar (from 1966), then Angus Allan (from 1985) and others.

Dan Doofer
   by Hugh McClelland: debuted 29/DEC/1945; ended 20/JUL/1946. 
[8] February 20, 1952, art by Steve Dowling, Hugh McClelland, Jack Dunkley.
   by Hugh McClelland: debuted 05/JAN/1946; ended 23/AUG/1952.

Sunshine Falls
   by Hugh McClelland: debuted 22/JUL/1946; ended 19/JUL/1947.

   by Bill Herbert (creator), Ambrose Heath (writer) & Jack Dunkley (artist): debuted 23/SEP/1946; ended 02/JAN/1953.

The Battle of the Back Garden
   by Bernard Venables: debuted 28/SEP/1946; until 19/JUL/1947; title changed to Gardening: 25/JUL/1947 to 12/DEC/1947; title changed to Mr. Crabtree: 19/DEC/1947 to 19/MAR/1948; title changed back to Gardening: 02/APR/1948 to 20/AUG/1948; title changed back to Mr. Crabtree: 27/AUG/1948; ended (?) 01/JAN/1953; returned in new series Mr. Crabtree Crusades in 1974-75. 
[9] February 15, 1952, art by Leonard Gamblin.
The Flutters
   by Jack Hargreaves, then Ian Gammidge (writers) & Leonard Gamblin (artist): debuted 07/JUL/1947 (intro; really started 09/JUL/1947); ended 27/FEB/1971.

Romeo Brown
   by “Maz” (writer-artist; real name Alfred Mazure): debuted 01/SEP/1954; written by Peter O’Donnell and drawn by Jim Holdaway starting 22/Jan/1957; ended 07/JUL/1962.

   by Doris Atkins (writer) & Margaret Abbott (artist; succeeded by Harry Smith): debuted 24/SEP/1956; ended 16/JUL/1962.

Mr. Digwell
   by Ambrose Heath (writer) & Bernard Venables (artist), later written by Ian Gammidge and drawn by Jack Dunkley: debut 1946? unchecked; extant 27/JUN/1949; extant o7/JUL/1949 (already Dunkley); still extant 27/MAY/1989; end unchecked.

Hylda Baker’s Diary
   by Denis Gifford (writer) & “Kol” (artist; real name Dennis Collins): 1957/1958 (only in the Northern edition of the Daily Mirror, printed in Manchester; unchecked). 
[10] January 3, 1970, by Reg Smythe.
Andy Capp
   by Reg Smythe: debuted 05/AUG/1957 (only in the Manchester edition); first Andy Capp national: 14/APR/1958; since late 1998/early 1999 by Roger Kettle (writer) & Roger Mahoney (artist), credits for both only started in dailies 04/NOV/2004); since 04/APR/2011 written by Lawrence Goldsmith (also colourist) and Sean Garnett, for artist Roger Mahoney; ongoing.

The Larks
   by Bill Kelly and Arthur Lay, R. St. John Cooper, Brian Cooke, and lastly Ian Gammidge (writers) & Jack Dunkley (artist): debuted 05/AUG/1957; ended 28/FEB/1985.

   by Jenny Butterworth (writer) & Rab Hamilton (artist; real name Alex Hamilton): debuted 12/OCT/1959; ended 08/APR/1961.

The Perishers
   by Bill Herbert (artist and creator) & Ben Witham (writer); in 1959 succeeded by Maurice Dodd (writer) & Dennis Collins (artist); in 1983-92 drawn by Maurice Dodd; since November 1992 drawn Bill Mevin. Debuted 10/FEB/1958 in the Northern edition of the Daily Mirror only; first appeared in the London edition: 19/OCT/1959; ended 10/JUN/2006 (reprints started 22/FEB/2010).

Keeping Up With the Joneses
   by Ian Gammidge (writer) & Steve Dowling (artist; succeeded by Leslie Caswell): debuted 09/MAR/1960; ended 26/AUG/1961.

Jane, Daughter of Jane
   by Roger Woddis (writer) & “Maz” (artist; real name Alfred Mazure): debuted 28/AUG/1961; ended 30/AUG/1963. 
[11] March 9, 1935, art by A.B. Payne.
The Fosdyke Saga
   by Bill Tidy: debuted 02/MAR/1971; ended 28/FEB/1985.

Little Joe
   by Ian Gammidge (writer) & “Fel” (artist; real name Bert Felstead, aka Felgate?): debuted 16/APR/1973; ended 30/NOV/1976.  
Mr. Crabtree Crusades
   by Bernard Venables: debuted 31/MAY/1974; still extant 04/Apr/1975; end unchecked.
Patty’s Hours of Agony: A Reconstruction of the Life of Patty Hearst
   by Anthony Delano (writer) & Frank Bellamy (artist): 20/MAR/1976.

The Elvis Presley Story
   by Ian Gammidge (writer) & Martin Asbury (artist): debuted 12/SEP/1977; ended 21/OCT/1977 (Day 30).

The Mr. Men
   by Roger Hargreaves: debuted 01/DEC/1976; ended 04/DEC/1982.

Daisy in the Garden
   by John Hill: debuted 01/SEP/1978; ended (?) 31/JUL/1981.

The Skolars (advertisement strip)
   by ?: debuted 29/MAR/1980; ended 22/AUG/1981.

   by ?: debuted 29/AUG/1981; ended 02/JAN/1982.

   by Keith Waterhouse (writer) & “Trog” (artist; real name Wally Fawkes): debuted 19/NOV/1984 (transferred from the Daily Mail); ended 15/NOV/1985 (then transferred to the Sunday Mirror).

Jane, Grand Daughter of Jane
   by Ian Gammidge (writer; succeeded by Roger Mahoney, Hilary King, Tim Quinn and Les Lilley) & John M. Burns (artist): debuted 16/APR/1985; ended 01/SEP/1990.
[12] February 16, 1952, art by Michael Hubbard.
The Greens
   by Iain Reid (writer) & Roger Mahoney (artist): debuted 26/JAN/1987; ended 24/MAR/1990.

A Man Called Horace
   by Roger Kettle (writer) & Andrew Christine (artist): debuted 29/MAY/1989; suspended 22/JUN/1996; revived with title shortened to Horace in 1997 (before 11/OCT/1997); ended 01/AUG/2015.

   by Barrie Tomlinson and James Tomlinson (writers) & Barrie Mitchell (artist the first year), John Gillatt (much of the 1990s), David Sque (until the end), with colours by David Pugh and Martin Baines (mid/late 2000s): debuted 14/AUG/1989; ended 19/FEB/2011.

Millie and Her Brother Richard
   by Roger Mahoney: debuted 31/MAR/1990; title shortened to Millie 03/SEP/1990; ended 18/NOV/1995.

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
   by Martin Griffiths: debuted 30/APR/1990, ended 04/MAY/1991. 
Disney Mirror
   Colour and B&W 8-page Saturday giveaway supplement reprinting classic American Walt Disney newspaper strips and puzzles. No. 1, dated 02/MAR/1991, to no. 160, dated 26/MAR/1994.
Baz & Co.
   by Mike Higgs: debuted 24/JUN/1991; ended 12/DEC/1992.

Girl Chat
   by John M. Burns: debuted 14/DEC/1992, ended 18/NOV/1995.

Real Life
   by ?: debuted 24/JUN/1996; ended 30/OCT/2004.

Mandy Capp
   by Carla Ostrer (writer) & Roger Mahoney (artist); later written and drawn by Carla Ostrer: debuted 06/JAN/1997; title shortened to Mandy 26/DEC/1998; ongoing.

Ronaldinho (Brazil)
   by Mauricio de Sousa: debuted 12/JUN/2006; ended 21/JUL/2006.

Pooch Café (USA)
   by Paul Gilligan: debuted 24/JUL/2006; ended 20/FEB/2010.

Simon’s Cat
   by Simon Tofield: debuted 21/FEB/2011; ended 15 or 16/FEB/2013.
[13] June 27, 1938, art by A.B. Payne.

Images For Many of the Titles in This List…
Meanwhile, any additional information is welcomed, especially missing names of WRITERS and ARTISTS.


  1. Further proof that Mike Hubbard is a forgotten master; I love that guy's work.

  2. Great work. I like to ad some words to Romeo Brown and Jane, daughter of Jane, both drawn by Alfred Mazure (Maz)
    Maz wrote and drawn Romeo Brown from september 1st 1954 till january 21ste 1957. Peter O'Donnell wrote the stories for Jim Holdaway from january 22nd 1957 till july 7th 1962.
    Jane, daughter of Jane was probably also written by Maz, and not by Roger Woddis.
    I have done a lot of research for my book about Maz, En Maz creeerde Dick Bos (And Maz created Dick Bos) and I could not find the connection with Roger Woddis.

  3. @Rich Thomassen
    Thanks for your input. As you surely know, most of the scant information about British newspaper strips is scattered in odd places, mostly articles by Denis Gifford. Series “Romeo Brown” is one of the very few that has been fairly well reprinted (outside the UK, namely in Italy) and referenced more often, since the art was such an accomplishment. And it was hilarious too, because it was very well written indeed.
    One of the problems when compiling the data for this index was finding the creators’ names, especially scripters. Again, everything is dispersed if it even exists. A good portion of the information I use came from an article by John Allard, published in Comic Cuts (the Association of Comics Enthusiasts’ newsletter) Vol. 13, No. 6 (No 118), dated Oct/Nov 1990, wherein he states:
    “An attempt to launch a strip JANE, DAUGHTER OF JANE in 1961, drawn by Mazure and written by Roger Woddis, with the heroine a modern young woman whose loss of clothes was anything but accidental, was called off after a run of two years.
    John Allard was cartoon editor of the Daily Mirrors, so he should know.
    As for Romeo Brown, you are right and the info will be corrected in the main index above. I now realize the same John Allard in that article actually writes:
    “Peter O'Donnell [...] in addition wrote the comic detective ROMEO BROWN drawn by Jim Holdaway from 1957 to 1962. This strip had been drawn and written by Mazure from 1954 to 1957. Jim, a very gifted artist, died suddenly in 1962.”
    You will notice the ever so slight mistake, as Jim Holdaway actually died in 1970. Confusing data. Thanks again.

  4. It took me more than a month, but I’ve finally been able to re-check the "Romeo Brown" series for the first months of 1957:

    - The last strip drawn and signed by Maz was indeed number Q18 (21/JAN/1957), the end of story "Double Trouble."
    - The next episode, called "Fingle's Follies," beginning with strip Q19 (22/JAN/1957), was the first drawn by Jim Holdaway. The whole story appeared unsigned until the end in strip Q140 (13/JUN/1957).
    - The first strip signed by Holdaway was Q141 (14/JUN/1957), the beginning of episode “Romeo the Ruthless.”

    The Daily Mirror Comic Series Index has now been updated to reflect this. A tidbit about the introduction of colour printing was also added to the opening paragraph. The objective is, hopefully, to gather here the most correct and complete data on the newspaper’s strip series. Additional information is always welcomed.

  5. Hi Leo. Re ‘A Man Called Horace’: This brilliant strip unfortunately ended last year. Roger Kettle posted this on the Beau Peep (his Daily Star strip) website on 03-08-2015:

    End of an Era
    Those of you who read the "Daily Mirror" or "Daily Record" may have noticed a Horace-sized gap in your paper today. Sadly, after 26 years, the strip has made its final appearance. Due to the financial situation at most newspapers today, severe cuts are being made and Horace is a victim of these circumstances.
    Andrew and I would like to thank all those readers who have followed our daft little characters over the past quarter of a century---it really is appreciated. Who knows---maybe Horace, Mojo, Granny and the rest will pop up somewhere in the future. In the meantime, thanks again.
    I'll leave you with a line from Granny to the outlaw, Jesse James...
    "Son, you've got a big mouth and a girly name---neither of which will stop a knee to the groin."
    Keep smiling.
    Roger Kettle.

    There's some strips here: or I can scan some in from my collection if you want them...

  6. Thanks. Would you happen to know the exact date of the last published strip? Your comment has been passed on to Leo.

  7. @colescargot
    Thanks for the information, unfortunate as it is. I’ve been thinking about updating this post for some time and your commentary has given me the boost to do it. The Daily Mirror Comic Strip Series Index is presently up-to-date though mid-2016, now including an entry on the appearance of Tiger Tim (even if it wasn’t a series in the Daily Mirror it became one afterwards), the info about the demise of “Horace,” and also with several bits of new data I was able to uncover.