Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Dicky Howett fun comic work..and news on Tim Quinn

Dear Peter,

Dead fab gear as the Beatles once said. Love your tribute page to Dicky Howett (and he ain’t even half dead!). I shall email your link onto him if you haven’t already. And many, many thanks for my ad. Fantastic and Terrific! I haven’t a clue how I finished up The Gold Rush.:0)
I know I did another version of it when I worked in the States for The Saturday Evening Post Magazine (created by the one-and-only Benjamin Franklin). They ran 7 kids’ mags and I created strips for each when I worked as their so-called Humor Editor. The strip was called Jack & Jill’s World Marathon and ran in the pages of the US Jack & Jill magazine that has been around for donkey’s years. I had it illustrated by a local guy (we were based in Indianapolis) called George Sears. Super artist. Worked with him on quite a few other projects. Nobody else drew like George just as nobody else drew like Dicky. I’m attaching an unpublished Dicky pic. Working with one publisher I suggested looking at the possibility of bringing Billy Bunter back. I got various artists to draw their versions. Here’s Dicky’s. Nifty or wot?!

Very best,


another email..:0)

Dear Peter,

Well, this just gets better and better...

I seem to remember scripting a puzzle or quiz page for a holiday special round ‘79 or ‘80 which Dicky drew (Monster Fun maybe? Or maybe it was a Whoopee summer special??). I find it hard to believe if he didn’t do any other work for IPC as was...The memory, you know, it’s not the pristine razor sharp tool it was once...Dicky and I did a zillion things for Marvel UK. They had a ton of weekly and monthly titles out back then. Very odd that our very British style was accepted in the muscular cape and underpants world of the super-hero. Hulk the Menace was one of our strips. This was about a ten year old boy who was a combination of the Incredible Hulk and Dennis the Menace. Another strip was about The Fantastic 400 who were the world’s largest super-hero group. We rejigged this for The Saturday Evening Post Magazine’s kids division in the US where it appeared as The Fitness 400, the world’s healthiest super-hero group. Never sell a good idea only once! Dicky also did many excellent tv gag cartoons down the years for mags like TV Times. He did a knockout tv strip in Denis Gifford’s Ally Sloper mag back in ‘78. (What a great guy Denis was). He also did a sewage works amount of material for very naughty magazines, which he should be ashamed of, but isn’t. I can talk!


Thanks Tim and nice to see a comment from Dicky has well below...Peter

Super Mum started in Whoopee!! Jan 1977.

I love hunt the worm...also hidden is a nosey bonk type character..
His characters have great up turned noses.nice sound effects and lots of witty commnets..

I've also attached a sketch from UKCAC '86 which didn't feature on my blog. All the fan attention was on '2000ad droids' or geezers from Marvel and DC, so Mr. Howett just sat there all lovely and obliging at a desk with his pens and a cup of coffee. All the best, John

Thanks John Gilheany for the to meet him myself..

These are all The Gold rush I have..
Doh! I don't have the last does it end...its in number 86 Jackpot..

Dicky is just a great fun comic artist...
He also drew for Dr Who magazine in the past.

Tim Quinn is a fan..and wrote with Dicky. See him chatting here about his writing for comics..

I'm going to see Tim Qinn..:0)

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Anonymous said...

Brings it all back. Don't draw a thing these days, except my pension..oh a JOKE...Thanks Peter. A GOOD guy

Anonymous said...

Forgotten all about the Billy Bunter revival. I must say that example, which Tim has kept in his sock drawer all these years, is my preferred style of drawing, never really did like the old Supermum 'look' and I drew it! Whew! So as I don't draw cartoons now,what do I do? Well, I'm in the Tv and movie business as a cameraman and vintage tv studio props supplier. Worked with Steven Spielberg, so there!

Peter Gray said...

Glad you are still enjoying your work..

You always seem to like sci-fi from seeing your comic work so great the job your doing is fun.

Did you draw anything else for comics other than the two I have up..?

Great to hear from you..

Lew Stringer said...

Peter, for a great collection of Tim and Dicky's Marvel work it's worth seeking out a one off comic called Channel 33 1/3 from the 1980s.

I'm afraid that when I started freelancing for Marvel UK Tim & Dicky were elbowed aside somewhat by editors there. (But theor work continued in Doctor Who Magazine I believe.) I never understood why Marvel couldn't run strips from both of us in the same comics, instead of just having a "token" humourist. All down to money I suppose.

Peter Gray said...

thanks for the tips Lew..

Dicky did draw for Dr Who Magazine..saw one at comicsuk..very funny it was too..