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John Geering's 70s Hotspur strips, and other 'phunnies' 
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He was unusual that he never cloned Baxendale, but seemed more inspired by American animated cartoons----and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

To be fair, there were a lot of humour artists who didn't imitate Leo Baxendale, such as Cliff Brown, Reg Parlett, Ian Knox, Ed McHenry, Ken Reid, Mike Higgs, Eric Roberts, to name but a few. I think various UK comic artists have been influenced by American cartoons. I've used some Tex Avery style reaction shots in some of my own work for example. (Not that I'm saying it worked anywhere near as well, just that it was an influence.)

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Yes Lew, the American approach to cartooning is easily on par with the UK and is actually better in many cases: just look at the brilliant cel cartoons put out by Disney, M-G-M, Warner Bros, Fleischer and others, not to mention MAD Magazine, which is far superior the UK Private Eye in my view.

I prefer British comics [cartoon ones, not superhero] to American ones though, the stuff we grew up with had it's own identity and British quirks. I also much prefer the very British 2 000 AD to the Marvel comics.

Peter: you have done a great job putting on endless John Geering quality works, and you have proved your point in his defence very nicely, M'lud!

I never deliberately tried to find badly-drawn cartoons by JG, ---even his speediest work always had something funny and worth seeing about it.

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