Saturday, April 24, 2010
Memories of Eric Roberts
The artist Eric Roberts had one of the most distinctive styles to grace British comics from the 1950s up until the early 1980s. His strong, clear ink line was a pleasure to see and his characters could suddenly leap into flustered panic that never failed to amuse. Probably best known for his strip Mike on the cover of A.P.'s Knockout in the 1950s and his long running strips Winker Watson and Dirty Dick for D.C. Thomson's Dandy, little has been known of the artist's background because anonymity was usually the norm in those pre-comic convention, pre-internet days.
Recently, blogger / cartoonist Peter Gray managed to contact Eric's daughter, Erica Farmer, and Erica has kindly lent her thoughts to Peter's blog, providing interesting anecdotes and background to the fondly-remembered work of her father.
You can read Erica's comments on Peter's blog here.
Above: The opening page to the Winker Watson strip in The Dandy Book published in 1963.
Below: The very first Dirty Dick story, running as a centre-spread in The Dandy No.986, dated October 15th 1960.