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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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Friday, December 6, 2013


In the few photos of David Sutherland that I managed to find on the web he looks like a lean clean-shaven bloke, unlike the Beano Artist in these episodes of The Bash Street Kids and Biffo the Bear that I believe came from his brush. Has Mr. Sutherland lost some weight since then, or were they his caricatures of a “generic” Beano artist rather than his self-portraits? Can anyone shed some light on this?

This one is from The Beano No. 1236 dated 26th March, 1966:

This Biffo the Bear strip comes from The Beano No. 1924 cover-dated 2nd June, 1979:

And this beautiful set appeared in the Beano No. 1991 dated 13th September, 1980. The Beano artist here looks a lot like the one from issue No. 1236 shown above (note the beret, slippers on bare feet, artist’s gown and facial hair). I have cropped the episode into sets of panels for your viewing convenience:

While I am on the subject of Dave Sutherland and The Bash Street Kids, the episode in THE BEANO issue No. 2155 cover-dated 5th November, 1983 in which the Bash Street Kids visit Beano offices, includes a portrait of Little Plum artist (Ron Spencer ?):

P.S. I’ve just found this Beano from the late 60s. Dave Sutherland replaced Dudley Watkins as the illustrator of Biffo the Bear after the old master passed away in 1969, so The beano Artist on this particular cover must be Mr. Sutherland. Here he looks different from the examples shown above:


  1. I'd say the Biffo one is David Sutherlands back view...

  2. I hope you've seen the Beano Summer special showing all the artists from the Beano..in the mid 80's...David Sutherland...John Geeering..etc..the inside pages of the special..

    1. I haven't seen it but now I'll try to get hold of a copy for my collection! Thanks, Peter.

    2. at comicsuk forum reference under Kazoop


      Beano summer special had loads of artists referenced...se link for signed signature from David Sutherland..

      Frank McDiarmid the Roger the Dodger artist..striped T shirt
      Malcolm Judges the old gent saying its revolting..
      Jim Petrie the moustache gent
      striped shirt going down John Geering
      Haw Haw man is Gordon Bell

      Its from the 1986 Beano summer special..
      plus showing editor Euan Kerr