ARTHUR MARTIN (1911-19??)

Arthur Martin's Tillie the Tuckshop Girl as she appeared in Joker (24 June 1932) - original board (detail)
Arthur Martin's Homeless Hector from Chips (late 1930s) - original board (detail). Homeless Hector appeared in Chips for 44 years (1909-1953)

Arthur Martin was born on 8 March 1911 and drew almost exclusively for the Amalgamated Press (AP) from the age of 17 (as an art assistant on Chips) until his retirement.

Martin's work appeared in Butterfly (Monkey Trix 1928), Comic Cuts (Felix the Fat 1928), Monster (Sir Toby Tinribs 1928), Joker (Stan Back the Doorman 1930 and Tillie the Tuckshop Girl 1932), Chips (Nipper and his Zipper 1932 and Homeless Hector late 1930s), Sparkler (Rags and Tatters 1934), Comic Cuts (Castaways of Crusoe Island 1938).

Later, his work appeared in a Woman's Pictorial feature (The Twiff Family) and various short-run comics (e.g. Flash published by Marx) issued by small publishers. In the 1950s he drew personality sets such as Arthur Askey for T.V. Fun and Charlie Drake and Jimmy Edwards for Radio Fun.

He was still drawing for Whoopee! and Whizzer & Chips when - celebrating a half century of working for comics - he retired in 1978 due to eye problems. His cheerful, traditional-style drawings appeared in scores of titles and what must have amounted to thousands of different issues.


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