|Dramatic 2 page spread from The Beano Book 1967.|
The Q-Bikes were a team of children who set off on their push bikes in numerous adventures of heroism and rescue, often resulting in catching crooks. Most artists hate drawing bikes but whether Andy Hutton relished it or not he was certainly up to the task and proved to be an ideal illustrator for the series.
The strip was briefly renamed The Q-Karts in 1969 to reflect the growing popularity of motor karts. Again, Mr.Hutton proved more than worthy for the task, producing dynamic and exciting pages.
My condolences to Mr.Hutton's family and friends at this sad time. For more information on the artist's life and career, see John Freeman's excellent tribute on his Down The Tubes blog: