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Lesser Known British Comic Strips

A number of comic strips in British newspaper ran for many years, but little information is still available on them. This page will list some that were published and hope their history could possibly be expanded.

  • Belinda Blue-eyes was modelled after the American Strip Little Orphan Annie was published in the Daily Mirror. It was drawn by Steve Dowling and Tony Royle during the 1930s & 1940s.
  • Come on Steve Published initially in the Sunday Express in 1936 and transferred to the Sunday Dispatch in 1941. It was drawn by Roland Davies. The character "Steve" was a cart horse name after the British jockey Steve Donoghue. The expression "Come on Steve" was a cheer used by racing fans to encourage Donoghue.
  • Dot and Carrie was introduced as a three month trial in the London Evening Star at the end of 1922. It transferred to the London Evening News on 18 October 1960, finally ceasing on 23 May 1964. its author was J F Horrabin.
  • Jimpy was drawn by Hugh McClelland. It started in the Daily Mirror on 5 January 1946 and lasted for six years
  • The Larks drawn by Jack Dunkley in the Daily Mirror, it was first seen on 5 August 1957
  • Lord God Almighty by Steve Bell appeared in The Leveller in the 1970s.
  • The Nipper started during 1933 in the Daily Mail and was drawn by Brian White. An annual was produced for many years.
  • Paul Temple a strip based on the radio detective started in the London Evening News 19 November 1951 and lasted over twenty years, The graphics were by Alfred Sindall.
  • Penny by Paul Davies appeared in the Sunday Pictorial during the1940s and 1950s
  • Ruggles began in the Daily Mirror on 11 March 1935, only ending on 3 August 1957. It was drawn by "Blik", pen-pame for Steve Dowling.
  • Sporting Sam was thirty years from 1944 in the Sunday Express. It was produced by Reg Woolton.
  • Spotlight on Sally by Arthur Ferrier appeared in the News of the World at the end of World War II. It was contemporary and competed with the strip Jane
  • Teddy Tail was the first newspaper 'pet'. It started in the Daily Mail in 5 April 1915, created by Charles Folkard. It was later drawn by Harry Foxwell known for his "Tiger Tim Comic"
  • Varoomshka by John Kent appeared in The Guardian in the 1970s.
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