Friday, December 28, 2018

DAILY HERALD comic strip series index 1919-1964

Wyatt Earp by St. John Barling / July 28, 1958

Compiled and researched by
Leonardo De Sá

Bobby Bear (debut) by Aunt Kitsie (writer) and E. Harries (artist) / March 31, 1919

The Daily Herald was a British daily newspaper, published in London from April 15, 1912 to September 14, 1964. A new series started in March 31st, 1919, which included a children’s section where “Bobby Bear” was introduced, followed by other series. The daily was bought by the Mirror Group in 1961 (along with the Sunday People) and morphed into The Sun, beginning September 15, 1964. This listing includes data on nearly all the comic strip series that appeared in the Daily Herald, with only a few pieces of information missing, because the years 1951, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964 still remain to be checked.

comic strip series index 1919-1964

Bobby Bear by Aunt Kitsie (writer) and Dora McLaren (artist) / September 2, 1921

Bobby Bear
   Debuted 31/MAR/1919, ended 04/OCT/1941
By “Aunt Kitsie” (Kitsie Bridges, writer) and initially drawn for a short period only by E. Harries, then drawn by Dora McLaren 1919 to 15/MAR/1930, by M.G. or “Meg” 17/MAR/1930 to 21/APR/1933, by Wilfred Haughton starting 22/APR/1933, and by Rick Elmes starting in 1934 (only appearing as a small panel in the last few months).

The Trials of Henry Dubb by A.G. / April 2, 1923
The Trials of Henry Dubb
   Debuted 20/FEB/1923, ended 28/AUG/1926
By A.G. (adapting the well-known character of Henry Dubb, created by US cartoonist Ryan Walker). Appeared with different titles on occasion.

All in a Day's Work (debut) by Rick Elmes / April 28, 1930

All in a Day's Work
   Debuted 28/APR/1930, ended 10/SEP/1945
By Rick Elmes (only appearing as a panel in the last years). It continued for a few more years under the title “All in the Game,” at least extant from 21/NOV/1945 through 05/APR/1947, as a panel only.

Bobby Bear, first strip with art by Wilfred Haughton / Croaky by Jane Noel (writer) and Gordon Robinson (artist) / April 22, 1933

   Debuted 15/APR/1933, ended 21/JUL/1934
By Jane Noel (writer) and Gordon Robinson (artist).

News with a Smile (debut) by T.H. Palmer / December 7, 1938

News with a Smile
   Debuted 07/DEC/1938, ended 10/MAY/1940
By T.H. Palmer (only appearing as a panel in the end).

 Sam Stone (debut) by Maz / December 13, 1948

Sam Stone
   Debuted 13/DEC/1948, ended 14/AUG/1950
By “Maz” (real name Alfred Mazure).

Ginger Nutt by David Hand / June 18, 1949

Ginger Nutt
   Debuted 25/APR/1949, ended 25/APR/1950
By David Hand. Sequential panel adapted from the animated cartoons directed by Bert Felstead, also appearing on occasion in the more conventional comic strip format.

Thumper / August 14, 1950

   Debuted 01/MAY/1950, ended 06/MAR/1954
Credits unknown. Two-panel Walt Disney derivative strip.

World Citizen by David Low / January 28, 1952

World Citizen
   Debuted ??/SEP/1951, ended 27/OCT/1952
By David Low.
The Smilies by Harry Winslade/ May 3, 1952

The Smilies
   Debuted 1951, ended 22/MAY/1954
By Harry Winslade.

The Fan / January 2, 1952

The Fan
   Debuted 1951, extant 31/DEC/1956, ended (?) 1957
Credits unknown.

Bruce Hunter by Maz / January 2, 1952

Bruce Hunter
   Debuted 1951, ended 24/APR/1953
By “Maz”.

Captain Universe (debut) by Herbert James Campbell (writer) and Terry Maloney (artist) / January 28, 1952

Captain Universe
   Debuted 28/JAN/1952, ended 10/MAY/1952
By Herbert James Campbell (writer) and Terry Maloney (artist).

Bill and Sue by Robert St. John Cooper (writer) and Charles Keeping (artist) / September 2, 1954

Bill and Sue
   Debuted 06/JAN/1953, ended 09/SEP/1961
Written by Robert St. John Cooper and drawn by Charles Keeping (until 1956?), in later years by an unknown artist. The byline “by Lee Cooper” started 14/JAN/1958 and appeared until the end, but it should most probably be read together with the byline of the only other strip in the newspaper at the time, “Wyatt Earp” which was indicated “by St. John Barling” — meaning that both were done by St. John Cooper and possibly drawn by some unknown Lee Barling… (UPDATE: Dorothy Henry HERE).

The Exploits of June (debut) / May 24, 1954

The Exploits of June
   Debuted 24/MAY/1954, ended 31/JUL/1954
Credits unknown.

The City Under the Sea by Tony Weare / September 2, 1954

The City Under the Sea
   Debuted 09/AUG/1954, ended 25/FEB/1955
By Tony Weare.

'Bats' Belfry (debut) by John McNamara / February 28, 1955

‘Bats’ Belfry
   Debuted 28/FEB/1955, ended 20/AUG/1955
By John McNamara.

Mr. Farthing by Stanley Franklin / September 13, 1955

Mr. Farthing
   Debuted 29/AUG/1955, ended 05/NOV/1955
By Stanley Franklin.

Taxi! (debut) by Horatius / November 7, 1955

   Debuted 07/NOV/1955, ended 31/DEC/1955
By “Horatius”.

Wyatt Earp by St. John Barling / January 2, 1958

 Wyatt Earp
   Debuted 1957, ended 26/JUL/1958
By St. John Barling. See "Bill and Sue" above.

On Stage by Leonard Starr / November 22, 1958

On Stage (USA)
   Debuted 08/SEP/1958, ended 09/SEP/1961
By Leonard Starr.

Sandra (debut) / March 5, 1959

   Debuted 05/MAR/1959, extant 30/DEC/1959, ended 1960
Credits unknown.

Benny (debut) by Droc / July 27, 1959

   Debuted 27/JUL/1959, ended 14/OCT/1961
By “Droc” (real name Derek Chittock).

Dudley D by David Gantz / September 11, 1961

Dudley D (USA)
   Debuted 11/SEP/1961, extant 30/DEC/1961, ended (?)
By David Gantz.

Frontiers of Science by Professor Stuart Butler and Robert Raymond (writers) and Andrea Bresciani (artist) / September 11, 1961

Frontiers of Science (Australia)
   Debuted 11/SEP/1961, extant 29/DEC/1961, ended (?)
Created by Professor Stuart Butler in collaboration with Robert Raymond, and Andrea Bresciani (artist). The series continued in The Sun.

Better or Worse by Peter O’Donnell (writer) and Leslie Caswell (artist) / September 18, 1961

Better or Worse
   Debuted 18/SEP/1961, extant 30/DEC/1961, ended 14/SEP/1964
By Peter O’Donnell (writer) and Leslie Caswell (artist), then drawn by Frank Langford (1964). The series continued in The Sun, still drawn by Langsford.

Barley Bottom by Lucian / September 27, 1961

Barley Bottom
   Debuted 18/SEP/1961, extant 30/DEC/1961, ended 14/SEP/1964
By Lucian.

Maigret (debut) by Peter Grey (writer) and Kenneth Inns (artist) / October 16, 1961  

   Debuted 16/OCT/1961, extant 30/DEC/1961, ending date unknown
Adapted by Peter Grey (writer) and Kenneth Inns (artist).

Any additional information is welcomed, especially
missing names of writers and artists.


  1. A very welcome index to a paper where information has proven elusive over the years.

  2. What a fascinating post as always!

  3. My thanks to Leonardo de Sa for bringing to light a bunch of strips I'd never seen before. This list provides two welcome examples of the UK work of Alfred "Maz" Mazure, whose career I've found difficult to sort out.

    There's a signature on "The Smilies" that seems to read "...eringlade" or "...nslade." Does this ring a bell with anyone? I'm impressed with the look of the Maigret strip. I wonder if anyone ever published a collection.

    Two small corrections: "Frank Langsford" ("Better or Worse") should be Frank Langford, without the "s." Langford was a very interesting artist whose real name was Cyril Eidelstein. The Bear Alley blog had a long thread about him with input from his niece:

    Also, the artist on Maigret is Kenneth Innes, not Inns.

    1. I think that's WINSLADE - see Steve Holland's own article to see this signature repeated in the second illo on Steve's page - "The Fires Within". So I think it's Harry Winslade

    2. By Jove you're right, Norman! The ID of The Smilies' author has now been added to the Index, thank you very much.

  4. @Smurfswacker
    Thank you very much for your input and careful reading/revision. Yes, I chose that specific strip of "The Smilies" because it has one of the more discernable signatures I could find. My problem is that I don’t really understand it either or even know any artist with a similar name, but maybe it will ring some bells for someone.
    Sorry for the Frank Langford typo, which our webmaster promptly corrected. Kenneth Inns, however, seems to be very much the correct spelling (the first “Maigret” strips had *Innes* in the byline but they corrected it just a few days later). You can check e.g:

  5. I want to correct one thing in my comment, a poor choice of words. I wrote that Langford's "real name" was Cyril Eidelstein when I should have said "birth name" or something similar. Eidelstein officially changed his name to Langford, so Langford is his "real" name.

  6. The December 2020 death of Dorothy Henry may have solved one mystery surrounding the unknown artist of "Bill and Sue"