GEORGE PARLETT (1902-1981)

George Parlett's Little Elf (1936) from Funny Wonder - original board (detail). Forerunner of Little Plum?
George Parlett's Kitty Clare's Schooldays (1938) from Crackers - original board (detail)
George Parlett's Abbott & Costello as they appeared in Film Fun in the late 1950s - original board

George Parlett was the son of comic artist Harry Parlett and brother of Golden Age master Reg Parlett. George began drawing for the comics in the late 1920s for Merry & Bright (Sailing the Seas) and Jester (Uncle Squibbs and his Nibs). He later worked on Peggy the Pride of the Force for Larks, taking over the strip from his brother Reg Parlett, and Basil and Bert originally created for Jester by Don Newhouse and Roy Wilson.

He went on to contribute to Jingles (1934), Tip Top (1934), Funny Wonder (Little Elf: 1936), Buzzer (1938), Crackers (Kitty Clare's Schooldays: 1938) and also found time to contribute to the Daily Express newspaper comic supplement The Children's Own (1933).

In 1939 Stan Gooch asked him to contribute to Radio Fun, where he displayed a talent for character sets (the ability to draw likenesses of famous personalities) which was to stand him in good stead for the next 20 years. His first work was on Sandy Powell. After the 1939-45 war he returned to the Amalgamated Press and worked on Comics Cuts, Jingles, Tip Top, and Film Fun (George Formby, Abbott & Costello etc).

In the 1950s he drew Young Marvelman as part of Mick Anglo's Gower Street Studio and contributed to the comics published by Odhams and D.C. Thomson. George, like his brother Reg, is regarded as one of the finest artists ever to work for British comics.


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