Wednesday 21 May 2014

Happy Birthday Frank!

Here's a treat for anyone who never saw the original Garth strips in situ in Daily Mirror. Please excuse the poor scan, but I think you get the idea of what the strip page looked like - remember this is back in the days of black and white newspapers. That's why the Sunday colour supplements were so special!

Frank Bellamy was born this day 1917 - yes, during the First World War. He shared this birthday with Plato (427 BC) and Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, Ironside and many other films and TV series)

Daily Mirror 21 May 1974, page 24

You can see that Bellamy appeared between the great Bill Tidy (with whom he appeared on Quick on the Draw, the Bob Monkhouse art programme) and the long running strip, the Larks. This particular Garth comes from the Beast of Ultor story

The strips appeared on a page - usually - with horoscopes and the letters page -as seen here.

Daily Mirror 21 May 1974, page 24

And here's the complete page

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