Art: Leo Baxendale
This week the British Comic Awards nominations 2013 shortlist was announced, including the inclusion of the wonderful Leo Baxendale as the second Hall Of Fame recipient (Raymond Briggs being the first). It only seemed fitting to show you a little of his work…..
Baxendale is, by anyone’s standards, a colossus bestriding the UK comics medium, creator of Minnie The Minx, The Bash Street Kids, Little Plum, The Three Bears, Sweeney Toddler, Grimly Feendish, Willy The Kid, and artist on many, many more… as pointed out so well by Baxendale himself in this piece (grabbed from Wacky Comics)
Leo Baxendale – One of the greatest living British cartoonists? Oh, most definitely.
His work on the Beano alone, creating Little Plum, Minnie The Minx, and the Bash Street Kids may well have been enough, but Baxendale’s career and invention, his sheer workload and ability to entertain generation after generation extended into the 60s with Baxendale working at Fleetway creating Clever Dick and Sweeney Toddler, and Oldhams, where he created (and drew most of) Wham! comic. Baxendale’s 70s gave us Willy The Kid, whilst the 80s and 90s found Baxendale in charge of his own publishing house Reaper Books, where he’s published several works including the adult comic THRRP!, The Beano Room, The Worst Of Willy and The Hobgoblin Wars, in addition to all this, he created I Love You Baby Basil! for The Guardian in the 90s.
Baxendale is 82, he’ll be 83 on October 27th. I trust you’ll all agree he’s a worthy entrant into the British Comic Awards Hall Of Fame.
Minnie The Minx – Beano Annual 1960
Little Plum – Beano Annual 1960
Little Plum – Beano 850, 1958
Bash Street Kids
Eagle Eye Junior Spy
Willy The Kid
The Man From Bungle