Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con (Photo (C) Alan A Andrew)

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Banned! part One

Ken Reid delighted in pushing his macabre and hilarious pictures to the extreme- and some thought he pushed too far with this Dare-a-Day Davy strip from 1968 which never did see the light of day in POW! that year, nor any other year- nor anywhere else.
Maybe it was a step too far in those days, and maybe it's several steps too far these days- but Ken was a true original and gave his all in his work- sometimes he would make himself ill with obsessively trying to do better all the time. For the sake of his health it wasn't worth it, but for the sake of the readers (and I was one of them in that unsurpassed 1964-70 period) it was well worth it.
Note how he reprises the catchphrase associated with his much missed Beano charcater Jonah - "Agh! It's 'im!"


Peter said...

Hi Nigel, thanks for posting this,its a great example of Ken Reids unique creepy comedy stylings.

Can you recommend any books that feature Ken Reids art work from around this period?

I've tried Amazon, but they only seem to have his earlier Fudge the Elf stories.


NP said...

There don't appear to be any. There was talk of all his Dare-a-Day Davy and The Nervs being published soon- I hope they are, they contain some of his very best work.

Hackers said...

I'd love to see a Ken Reid compilation book published... I'd publish it myself if I had the money!