In The Professional Publishers Association’s Cover of the Century, The Beano was runner up with its “Dennis The Menace” cover, which celebrated the magazine’s 75th birthday. The February 1999 issue was a turning point for the publication as it was the first where Dennis appeared in non-comic-strip style

The main rivals to the Fleetway comics were those of D.C. Thompson, which included The Beano, Dandy and Beezer. For some reason these comics never appealed to me as much as the Fleetway titles, though I did have a brief dalliance with The Beezer when it merged with Plug in 1979. Obviously people saw a lot more than I did in The Beano as it was first published in 1938 and is still going strong today. The Beano does also have a fantastic web page at www.beano.com

The Adventures of Asterix is a series of French comics written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo (Uderzo took over the writing after the death of Goscinny in 1977). The series first appeared in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote on 29 October 1959.  The series follows the exploits of a village of indomitable Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength.

I loved these books when I was younger and still have some today. I can’t say I was influenced by the art style as obviously these are a lot more detailed than anything I produce, but the style of graphic novel - one long story covering over 40 pages - was what prompted me to start the Wonder Wobbler and Uncle Weirdy Beardy stories.

Below: Apart from Sid Burgon in the Fleetway comics, the other huge influence on my cartoon drawing was Charles Schulz and Peanuts. The characters are deceptively simple to look at, but it is very difficult to capture xxxxxxx

the personality and emotion that Schultz managed to achieve in every frame. The strip ran for almost 50 years when in December 1999 Schultz decided to retire. I’d have trouble thinking up a weeks worth of strips!
Schultz died in February 2000 - the day before the last strip was to be published.