REG PARLETT (1904-1991)

Reg Parlett's Our Screen Screams as it appeared in Jester in the late 1930s - original board (detail)

Reg Parlett was the son of Harry Parlett and brother of George Parlett (both comic artists). Reg Parlett’s first work for comics was joke drawings for Merry & Bright around 1920. Soon his work was appearing on the front page and by the 1930s he was one of the top artists working for the Amalgamated Press (AP), contributing to titles Jester, Funny Wonder, Crackers, Larks, Jingles, and Tip Top.

Parlett served in the RAF during the 1939-1945 war. In the late 1940s he joined ex-Disney man David Hand at Gaumont British Animation (GBA) studios (operated by Rank) where he was employed as a writer and artist. During this time Parlett continued to work for comics, mainly for one-shot titles issued by small publishers. Titles included : Flash, Challenger, Fun Beam, Zip and others. When GBA closed down and the small publishers disappeared he returned to the comics of the Amalgamated Press (AP) making time for animation once more to work on Britain’s first full-length film cartoon Animal Farm (1954).

During the following decades Parlett continued to contribute artwork and scripts to the AP/Fleetway/IPC titles Radio Fun, T.V. Fun, Lion, Valiant (The Crows, Billy Bunter), COR!! (Ivor Lott and Tony Broke, Hire a Horror), Shiver & Shake (Lolly Pop), Whizzer and Chips (Harry's Haunted House, The Mummy's Curse), Whoopee! (Creepy Car), Monster Fun, Jackpot (Kid King), Buster (Rent a Ghost Ltd) and many others.

Unusually for IPC, the occasion of Reg Parlett's 80th birthday inspired a special Happy Birthday tribute to him in the 4 August 1984 issue of Buster. See how many of Parlett's characters you scan spot below. If you want to see the full story from Buster's Diary click here and here.

By the time he died in 1991 Reg Parlett had notched up an astonishing 70 years in comics.


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