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"The Shipwrecked Circus", drawn by Paddy Brennan

Paddy Brennan was a comics artist from Dublin who primarily drew adventure strips for Dundee publisher D. C. Thomson. He worked for them on the basis that his work was anonymous and did not cooperate with anyone who wanted to write about him, so virtually no biographical detail on him is available. Leo Baxendale recalls that he split his time between Dublin and London, working six months of the year in each city, and that his name was Patrick, but he insisted, perhaps ironically, on being called Paddy.[1] I have seen a copy of a letter from Brennan at an address in London, dated 20 May 1986.[2] Comments online suggest he has died since then, possibly around 2000.[3]

His first published work was a strip called "Jeff Collins - Crime Reporter" in Magno Comic, a one-shot published in 1946 by International Publications in Glasgow. More work for small publishers followed, including Cartoon Art's Marsman Comics (1948) and Super-Duper (1949) and Martin & Reid's The Rancher and Jolly Western (both 1949) before starting his long association with D. C. Thomson in 1949, drawing an adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's The Lady in the Lake in the People's Journal, and "Sir Solomon Snoozer" in the Dandy. It is said that he got his first work with D. C. Thomson after his sister sent them samples of his art.

In the 1950s he drew mainly adventure strips for the Dandy, the Beano and the Topper. His first strip for The Beano was "Sinbad the Sailor" in 1950-52. He took over several strips, including "Jimmy and his Magic Patch" and "The Shipwrecked Circus", from Dudley D. Watkins. He also drew some humour strips, including the Dandy's "Rusty". He was the first artist to draw the Beano's "General Jumbo". From the later 1950s he also drew for girls' comics, including an adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin for Bunty in 1958, and "Sandra of the Secret Ballet" for Judy from 1960. His later work included "Showboat Circus" for the Beezer, "Iron Hand" for Cracker in the late 1970s, and strips for Suzy in the 1980s.

Early independent workEdit

  • "Jeff Collins: Crime Reporter", Magno Comic, International Publications, Glasgow, 1948
  • Marsman Comics, Cartoon Art Publications, Glasgow, 1948
  • "Mark Park", Super-Duper, Cartoon Art Publications, 1949
  • "Johnny Amigo", The Rancher, Martin & Reid, 1949
  • Jolly Western, Martin & Reid, 1949

DC ThomsonEdit

People's JournalEdit

  • "The Lady in the Lake" (Sir Walter Scott adaptation, R. Topper), 1949
  • "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" (R. Topper)
  • "The Two Drovers"

The DandyEdit

  • "Sir Solomon Snoozer", The Dandy, DC Thomson, 1949
  • Rusty (1950-1954)
  • Fighting Forkbeard - the Sea Wolf from Long Ago (1951-)
  • The Galloping Glory Boys (1952)
  • Mickey from the Moon (1952)
  • Willie Willikin's Pobble (1952-)[4]
  • Young Drake (1954)
  • Crackaway Jack (1955-60)
  • Mickey's Tick-Tock Men (1955)
  • Robin Hood (1958)
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (1959)
  • The Galloping Glory Boys (1950s)
  • Westward Ho! with Prince Charlie's Gold (1950s)
  • Turtle Boy (1950s)
  • The Crackaway Twins (1960)[5]
  • The Island of Monsters (1969-70)[6]
  • Iron Hands (1971)[7]
  • The Boy from Lilliput (1972)[6]
  • The Talking Ball (1973) [6]
  • Dave the Brave (1979)
  • The Hairy Gang of Robbers (1979)
  • The Bearding of the Wierdies
  • Blitz Boy
  • Bonzer the Bear Cub
  • Chuck's Wagon
  • Cripple Singh
  • Diamond Dick
  • Eastward Ho with Prince Charlie's Gold
  • Guardian of the Red Raider
  • Jimbo and Bimbo
  • Lionheart Logans
  • Little Lucky
  • My Pal Midnight
  • Oggie the Ostrich
  • Pete's Pranky Pup
  • Rikki the Rickshaw Boy
  • Rollo
  • The Secret Londoners
  • Skeet the Scrounger
  • Spadger's Badger
  • Swordsman Sam
  • Tufty's Lucky Terrier

The BeanoEdit

The TopperEdit

  • Flip McCoy - the Flying Boy (1953-)[14]
  • Jimmy's Mighty Midgets (1956)[15]
  • The Jolly Rogers (1954)
  • The White Witch (adaptation of the novel She by H. Rider Haggard, 1956)[16]
  • Wulf of the Arrows (1957)
  • Captain Blood (adaptation of the novel by Rafael Sabatini, 1950s)
  • Rob Roy (1950s)
  • Mystery Nick: the Waif from Nowhere (1950s)
  • The Amazing Peet from Planet K (1973-75, 1982-83)[17]
  • The Whizzers from Ozz

BuntyEdit

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (adaptation of the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1958)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop (1950s)

The BeezerEdit

  • The Showboat Circus (1950s)
  • Joey's Ark (1975)
  • Iron Hand (Transferred from Cracker, 1976-1979)[18]

JudyEdit

WizardEdit

  • Longlegs the Desert Wildboy (1973)

CrackerEdit

BuddyEdit

  • Longlegs the Desert Wildboy (1981)

ReferencesEdit

Online referenceEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. Leo Baxendale's Bulletin Board
  2. Alan Clark, private communication
  3. Comics UK Forums: Paddy Brennan
  4. Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: Paddy Brennan's Willie Willikin's Pobble
  5. Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: Paddy Brennan's Crackaway Twins
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: The Great Paddy Brennan
  7. 7.0 7.1 Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: Iron Hand - Three Different Versions
  8. The Beano: Sinbad the Sailor; Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: Sinbad the Sailor
  9. The Beano: Jimmy and his Magic Patch
  10. The Beano: Jack Flash
  11. The Beano: The Shipwrecked Circus; Book Palace: Paddy Brennan Art
  12. The Beano: Red Rory of the Eagles
  13. Wikipedia: General Jumbo; The Beano: General Jumbo; International Hero: General Jumbo
  14. Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: Paddy Brennan's Flip McCoy from Topper
  15. Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: Paddy Brennan's Jimmy's Mighty Midgets
  16. Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: Paddy Brennan's White Witch, The Topper, Early 60s
  17. Peter Gray Cartoons and Comics: Paddy Brennan's Amazing Peet from Planet K
  18. 18.0 18.1 Cracker: Iron Hand

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