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My reading of comics started in early 1960s. My country Grandfather was not schooled and therefore had problems reading. He used to get copies of Victor magazine from the farm he worked for and I used to read them too….so started a lifelong love of war stories and films and football (both covered in The Victor).

I then progressed to Commando Magazines which I consumed avidly.

Finally my mother in an attempt to ‘educate me’ started buying me ‘Tell Me Why’ weekly which I loved. In fact most of my art historical knowledge started in there…I remember learning about Vincent Van Gogh and Picasso there!

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I now find out that some serious comic artists were involved in all this ‘kids stuff’..

 

Alf Tupper was drawn by Peter Sutherland:

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sutherland_peter.htm

His creation has his own website: http://www.toughofthetrack.net/index2.htm

And Tell Me Why employed the Italian artist

http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/giovanninis-last-of-mohicans.html

I quote:

Some of the content of Tell Me Why was presented in picture strip form, and illustrated by some artists that readers would be familiar with. One such talent was Italian artist Ruggero Giovannini, known for his work in the early 1960s on Olac the Gladiator for Tiger comic.

Fascinating to find this out nearly 50 years later!