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Hi and welcome to my blog about comics from other people’s childhood! It is dedicated primarily to British humour comics of the 60s and 70s. The reason they are not from my childhood is simply because I didn’t live in the UK back then (nor do I live there now). I knew next to nothing about them until fairly recently but since then I’ve developed a strong liking for the medium and amassed a large collection, including a number of complete or near complete sets. My intention is to use this blog as a channel for sharing my humble knowledge about different titles, favourite characters and creators as I slowly research my collection.

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Showing posts with label Lawson Wood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lawson Wood. Show all posts

Monday, December 4, 2017


I did a post or two about the excellent Lawson Wood in the past, and this time I would like to share this short interview printed in a little booklet published by British & Dominions School of Drawing Ltd. London in the 1930s.

Here are two nice drawings by Lawson Wood in the spirit of the approaching holiday season. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


I am a bit of a WWII buff and since it is exactly 71 years ago since the jolly Red Army seized my city from the Nazis and had a three-day orgy burning it down, drinking themselves silly, etc., here are two nice WWII-themed covers by Lawson Wood. They are quite interesting in the sense that to the best of my knowledge he didn’t do a lot of political cartooning. 

Friday, July 10, 2015


Lawson Wood (1878 – 1957) was a British artist and illustrator who is probably best remembered for his humorous depictions of a chimpanzee called Gran'pop – a character featured in a series of annuals. His work appears to have been very popular on both sides of the Atlantic and was widely used by advertising agencies, manufacturers of postcards, trading cards, calendars, puzzles and whatnot. I first saw his drawings and distinctive signature on the front covers of early issues of the nursery comic Playhour. Here is the first one with the chimps cover, unsigned:

I was browsing eBay the other day and found something described as Lawson Wood German Porcelain figurine, offered by a seller in Germany. I’ve heard about "The Lawson Woodies” line of wooden toys but not about porcelain figurines. According to the description, it was made ca. 1930. It depicts a sinister penguin and is 30 cms tall.

I am not into this kind of collectibles and have no idea about their value but this example attracted quite a bit of attention and sold for £ 67.00. I wonder if the buyer wanted it because of Lawson Wood connection or for other reasons? Anyway, here are some images courtesy of eBay:

In an unlikely event if you are not familiar with this prolific artist, here are some fine examples of Lawson Wood's Gran’pop work: