'I Spy' & 'Mr Bubbles' - artist John Fox

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'I Spy' & 'Mr Bubbles' - artist John Fox

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I'm at work at the mo but it was a June issue - 385, I think?

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'I Spy' & 'Mr Bubbles' - artist John Fox

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Hi Shaqui, Thanks for the PM. Your discovery of Sparky No 385 (1972) has indeed paid dividends re artwork by John Fox.
When you said he was the artist on both 'Klanky' and 'Mr Bubbles' in that issue it acted like a 'Rosetta stone' for discovering other artwork he had done for the paper.
First off I had a look through all Sparky issues for 1972 and discovered the following -
'Klanky' - A new series featuring the mechanical man began in No 377 (8/4/72) and ran on into 1973. John Fox drew every episode published that year i.e. Nos 377-415 and presumably continued to draw it in 1973 although I haven't checked this yet.
'Mr Bubbles' - John Fox drew over 30 episodes of this strip in 1972 beginning with the very first issue of the year No 363 (1/1/72) and following it with Nos 364, 369, 370, 374-376, 378, 381, 383, 385, 386, 388, 389, 391-393, 396, 398-407, 410-413 and 415.
'I Spy' - this particular strip ran for the first 8 months of 1972 ending in No 396 (19/8/72) but no episodes were drawn by John Fox. All were the work of Brian Walker. Initially I thought I'd leave it there but as the Sparky volume for 1974 was handily placed on the shelf and I knew that 'I Spy' returned to Sparky in that year I thought I'd give it a quick look and 'Eureka' I discovered that from the first issue of the new series i.e No 500 (17/8/74) John Fox was the artist drawing the strip. On a quick perusal he certainly drew 'I Spy' in issue Nos 500-503, 507-509, 511-512 and 516 alternating with Brian Walker. I didn't have a chance to check all the issues in late 1974 and on into 1975 but it would seem likely that he continued to work for Sparky on into that year especially as he was still drawing the odd 'Mr Bubbles' strip at the time as well e.g. No 499.
Therefore it would seem likely, given the evidence above, that Mr Fox was
working for Sparky as early as 1971, given that he drew 'Mr
Bubbles' in the first issue published in 1972 and that was still working for the paper at least as late as 1975.
I can also confirm that he was the artist, who I mentioned in an earlier post, that was responsible for drawing 'Klanky' in the Sparky Books for 1973-1975.

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'I Spy' & 'Mr Bubbles' - artist John Fox

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Thanks for that - I have to confess maybe bending the dates owing to trying to narrow down a period when doing the interview, and it would have been post-1969, but prior to 1972 whn Mr Fox indicated he moved to Spain for a period. I should have surmised he was still doing artwork in the UK by the appearance of another strip which would have been done in early 1973.

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'I Spy' & 'Mr Bubbles' - artist John Fox

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JOHN FOX also turned out a 1970 'SPARKY' strip entitled 'FOUR-LEGGED FRED', about a whimsical-looking centaur. A real curio, this strip didn't run for long.

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