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Steve was Bananaman the spin off in Nutty your first comic work...?

David Law drew in the Beano book 1952...came out in 1951 christmas.....he drew Gingers ear...a magician boy assistant...was this his first work or Dennis?

Trevor Metcalfe's first was in Buster Our Great Grandpa 1965...a bit like The Beano's Grandpa!!

Lew was Tom Thug your first comic work in Oink...was it in the tester issue in Buster?

Tom Paterson's Sweeny Toddler 1973 Shiver and shake...

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Peter Gray wrote: Lew was Tom Thug your first comic work in Oink...was it in the tester issue in Buster?

The preview issue of Oink (given free, as you rightly say, with Buster and other comics) was actually the dummy issue which was written and drawn in 1984. It took IPC two years to decide to publish Oink! (Which in its early days was going to be called Rrassp! (not sure if that's the right amount of r's and s's).

My first professional comics work was in 1983 for Marvel UK, drawing spot cartoons for The Daredevils. My first professional strip was a one-off half pager (script and art) in Marvel UK's Spider-Man about the spider who bit Peter Parker gaining the shyness of a nerdy college student.
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Not that anyone cares, but my first professional work was a 4 part script for Captain Klep in 2000AD in 1980, followed by a Future Shock in the Summer Special and a spot illustration of Ro Jaws & Hammerstein in the 1981 (or was it 82) annual.

Then there was a long wait before my first proper professional work, in Oink, in 1987.

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'Dennis the Menace' was Davey Law's first work for the 'Beano' but he had been doing strips for the D C thomson newspapers and magazines for a number of years before that, eg 'The Wee Fella' and 'Busy Bella'.

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Love the idea of the spider strip, Lew.

Kev, judging by your youthful good looks, you must've been about four in 1980 - good going!

Peter, my first professional commission was a cover for a Beano comic library back in 1983, featuring Gnasher wearing a dunce's hat at Dog School (which may have been the title of the publication - not sure). The first full page was (I think) either a ghost of Tweet William or Cannonball Kid (later to become Owen Goal), but I need to dig out my records to confirm which.

My first script was written on July 9th, 1977, and was a Pup Parade for the Beano - I'm not good with dates, but that one kicked off everything for me. I was on the verge of jacking in the new job after 5 days of doing nothing but read old Beanos. Yes, I know that might sound like Paradise to some folks here, but I was used to real hard graft for my money, working part-time at my local Tesco's fruit and veg department before I left school for the "career in journalism" I'd applied for.

By the end of the week I was bored witless, but then two things happened to suddenly change all that. The first was the Editor (then Harry Crammond) telling me to have a go at writing a script, which he then passed, unchanged, to my utter astonishment (I had been warned it could take months to have a script passed...oddly enough, by my new pals in 'The Dandy' office). Then a nice chap came into the office and presented me with a small brown envelope stuffed with cash. It was a good day all round, and I thought if this is going to happen every week, I'm staying!

Sadly, it transpired that the man with the brown envelopes only came round once a month, and this was my first month's wage in advance and not the weekly amount. But the weekly script rate improved until I was writing a handful a week and became responsible for my own regular pages (Billy Whizz, Pup Parade, The Nibblers and Biffo the Bear, if memory serves me right - we did rotate the stories after a while).

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Glad I brought this topic up its very interesting...

Is the wee fella did it have anything in look or feel of the future Dennis...was the wee fella a naughty boy..

I've got that Gnasher comic library... 8) oh and happy 30th to you Steve :D (hope Beryl is coming soon)

Nigel P what was your first...was it teenage muntant hero turtle mag? or Sonic the hedgehog...something early 90's anyway?

David Sutherlands first work was the great flood of London 1961 Beano...love to see this in Classics...how many Bash Street kids stories does he have to do to be the longest running cartoonist on a comic page?

What was Leo's again before Little Plum?

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I think Leo Baxendales first work was between Oscar Krank (a nutty proffesor type character) and Chop Stick Charlie Choo (and Chinese detective) for the Beano (not sure if these were published at the time he drew them or after he nmade it famous) - Although I am sure I read somewhere that he drew a strip before these about a Park Keeper that was rejected for the Beano but years later appeared in one of DCTs many Scottish local papers (the "Courier " I think?) His first recognisable Beano strip was Little Plum.
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Peter, I'm a similar vintage to Steve and Lew, my first DCT pages were in 1980, first Fleetway (IPC as they were then) also 1980, but I either can't remember what they were or won't tell! I've never done Teenage Turtles or Sonic, but I did a lot of stuff over the years before coming back to DCT in the 90's and finally joining The Beano and rejoining The Dandy in 1997.
As to Dave Sutherland, a few years ago he signed a weekly BS Kids page for the first time with " D S 1500 " which I assume meant it was his 1,500th Kids page. Which is... quite a lot. Sorry I can't be more precise, it was probably 1997/8.
Lew, Steve, how many pages have you done? Include all pages, half-pages, strips and single panels, show your working out and use both sides of the paper. Go! First to come up with an answer gets a toffee.

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4,992 published pages/strips/cartoons.

But that's an educated guess, cos I want a toffee.
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NP wrote: Lew, Steve, how many pages have you done? Include all pages, half-pages, strips and single panels, show your working out and use both sides of the paper. Go! First to come up with an answer gets a toffee.

No idea, but there's a pile of old artwork in the corner that's over 2ft high, and that's not all the pages. (Of course for all you know I could have drawn them on CS10 so that'd mean about 15 pages. :wink: )

I see Steve replied first but I don't like toffees anyway. So there. :)

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Peter, I'm a similar vintage to Steve and Lew, my first DCT pages were in 1980, first Fleetway (IPC as they were then) also 1980, but I either can't remember what they were or won't tell!
I never knew that...you've got me intrigued.....I didn't know you worked in the 80's for DC and Fleetway....I thought Bea was your first work for DC...were you ghosting for DC or did you do an original character for a period....did you draw in Nutty?...

I wonder how many ...Dudley drew of Desperate Dan from 1937-69 quite a record to beat...
Dudleys first work in a comic was an illustrated comic page in The Rover Midget Comic 1933...

Was Bill Ritchies first work Baby Crockett Beezer number 1

Malcolm Judges first work was in The Beano book 1964 with billy kidd the king street cowboy.there was no billy whizz in the book!!.....funny they are both called Billy!!

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Peter Gray wrote: I wonder how many ...Dudley drew of Desperate Dan from 1937-69 quite a record to beat...

I think Leo Baxendale ghosted one or two Dan strips in the fifties too! They'd be interesting to see.

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Peter Gray wrote:Steve was Bananaman the spin off in Nutty your first comic work...?
The comic wasn't a spin-off - the TV series was!

Besides, back then it was drawn by John Geering! ;)

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I think Peter was referring to a spin-off strip in Nutty featuring various Supervillains, which I drew for a period, while John worked on the Bananaman stories.
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Yes I was.... :P I know my comics... :wink:

Steve is this your first strip you did for Buster.......you've now made it into the toonhound hall of fame... 8)

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