GEORGE HEATH (1900-1968)

Although the comics of this period were reknowned for their comical strips, that is not to say that they were without their fair share of adventure strips, and one of the best adventure artists of this period was George Heath who contributed work to the comic weeklies of both Amalgamated Press and D.C. Thompson.

George Heaths 's Two Little Wanderers from Larks (no. 369, dated Nov 17 1934) - original board (detail)

 

Born in Tonbridge, UK, he taught art at Teddington Art School up to about 1930 when he started to work for an art agency in London contributing work to the Amalgamated Press. Amongst his first known sets are Forest of Fear (Funny Wonder 1932) and The Young Adventurers (Larks 1932).

He went on to create Two Little Wanderers (Larks 1934), The Sacred Eye of Satpura (Funny Wonder 1934), Red Man's Gold and Our Funny Newsreel (Jingles 1934), James Cagney ( Larks 1936), Two True Friends (Crackers 1938), Clarke Gable (Radio Fun 1938), The Falcon (Radio Fun 1947), Happy Bob Harriday (Tip Top 1947), Pirates of the Spanish Main (Tip Top 1948) and Jack Warner, I Vow Vengeance, Our Tec Teaser, The House with Red Shutters and Family Theatre all for T.V. Fun.

During 1960 he turned his hand to drawing for the Thriller Picture Library series: a Dogfight Dixon story in issue 318 and a Spy 13 story for issue 320.

According to his son, Private Eye and Punch cartoonist Michael Heath, his father was sacked by Amalgamated Press in 1961, after which he worked for D.C. Thomson for "much less money". From 1961 he started to produce various war stories for D.C. Thompson for Victor and Hotspur. He died in 1968. He worked for comics for around 35 years and was, with Reginald Perrott, one of the leading adventure strip artists of his time.


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