CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Comic Legend Leo Baxendale passes away at 86 years old

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that comic artist Leo Baxendale, who created among others The Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx has passed away following a long battle with cancer at the age of 86 years old. The news was broke by Baxendale’s son Martin, who is also a cartoonist.

Baxendale and his creations became a big part of the appeal of comics like The Beano from the 1950’s. He was regarded by aficionados as one of Britain’s greatest and most influential cartoonists.

Baxendale was born 27th October 1930 in Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire, and was educated at Preston Catholic College. After serving in the RAF, Baxendale took his first job as an artist for the local Lancashire Evening Post drawing adverts and cartoons.

In 1952 he began freelance work for the children’s comic publishers DC Thomson, creating several highly popular new strips for The Beano including Little Plum, Minnie the Minx (started in 1953, taken over by Jim Petrie in 1961), The Three Bears, and The Bash Street Kids (initially called When the Bell Rings). Baxendale also co-operated on the launch of D.C. Thompson’s The Beezer comic in 1956. Baxendale’s time with D.C. Thompson came to an abrupt end in 1962 when, overburdened with work he, in his own words, “just blew up like an old boiler” and left.

In 1964 Baxendale began work for Odhams Press as they set up a new children’s comic Wham! and, two years later, its sister comic Smash! In 1966 Baxendale worked for Fleetway (IPC Magazines), creating Clever Dick and Sweeny Toddler.

Baxendale left the world of mainstream British children’s comics in 1975, going on to create the more adult-orientated Willy the Kid series, published by Duckworths. In the 1980’s he fought a seven-year legal battle with D.C. Thomson for the rights to his Beano creations, which was eventually settled out of court. His earnings from that settlement allowed Baxendale to found the publishing house Reaper Books in the late 80’s. In the same year he brought out THRRP!, an adult comic book.

For a year before he fully retired from cartooning to focus on publishing in 1992, Baxendale drew I Love You Baby Basil! for The Guardian.

 

 

 

Related Posts
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Based on Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen's book of the same name, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was directed by Kenneth Johnson and set in the year 2049. It Read more

Yatterman

Originally running between 1977-1979 for 108 episodes, Yatterman succeeded Time Bokan and followed what happened after fragments of a mysterious stone known as the Skull Stone are scattered across the Read more

Welcome to Paradox

Debuting in 1998 and running for thirteen episodes, Welcome to Paradox was an anthology show where all the stories took place in the fictional future city of Betaville although the Read more

Timecrimes (2007)

Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Timecrimes (aka Los Cronocrímenes) is a Spanish science-fiction thriller. In the documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000 AD Nacho Vigalondo credits 2000 AD comic magazine Read more

The Rise of Skywalker – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ pre-release thoughts…

No one likes an 'I told you so', so let's get the unpleasant bit out of the way. I told you so. Back in Feb 2018, whilst I was still Read more

The Maze (1953)

Directed by William Cameron Menzies, The Maze was 3-D horror film that deals with teratology and prenatal phylogenetic evolution. It begins when Scotsman Gerald MacTeam (Richard Carlson) abruptly ends his Read more

The legacy of Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie was supposed to be the holiday hit of 1985. Such was the confidence that farther and son producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind had managed to get Read more

The Herculoids

Somewhere out in space live The Herculoids! Zok, the laser-ray dragon! Igoo, the giant rock ape! Tundro, the tremendous! Gloop and Gleep, the formless, fearless wonders! With Zandor, their leader, Read more

The Fugitives

Created by Eileen Gallagher and directed by Jane Prowse, The Fugitives was a seven part show from 2005 that follows fourteen-year-old Jay Keaton (Alex Roe). A teenager with a high Read more

The Face of Another (1966)

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara and based on the novel of the same name by Kōbō Abe, The Face of Another follows an engineer named Mr. Okuyama (Tatsuya Nakadai), whose face Read more

The Degrassi Legacy and why it matters

In a time when the world was over exposed to glamorised American teenage dramas where teens were being played by thirty years olds a dramatic shift happened. The seeds of Read more

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Directed by Coleman Francis, The Beast of Yucca Flats follows a Soviet scientist named Joseph Jaworsky (Tor Johnson), who defects and flees to a Nevada Test Site called Yucca Flats. Before Read more

The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole

Written and directed by Art Moore, The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole ran for 150 episodes between 1958 and 1961. The show followed a little boy named Spunky (voiced by Read more

Star Trek: Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor (#1-4)

Space, the final frontier... and on that frontier and beyond, humans and aliens alike need medical care. Enter Leonard McCoy, Doctor of Space Medicine, late of the U.S.S. Enterprise. This Read more

Ronin Warriors

Created by Hajime Yatate, Ronin Warriors (aka Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers aka Yoroiden Samurai Troopers) takes place in a world where after a thousand years Talpa (voiced by Shigezō Sasaoka Read more

Riptide

Created by Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo, Riptide was a detective series that ran for three seasons (56 episodes) between 1984 and 1986. It followed the adventures of Cody Allen Read more

Richard Herd

Richard Herd has added his talents to the mix of nearly every film and tv star in the last fifty-ish years. It is easier to do a list of the Read more

Paula Malcomson

Born on 1st June 1970 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Paula Malcomson has become a prolific character actor who manages to steal the show no matter the size of her role Read more

Neon City (1991)

Directed by Monte Markham, Neon City (aka Anno 2053 aka Neonski Grad) is a post-apocalyptic update of John Ford's Stagecoach that takes place in the 2050's where mass ecological damage has left Read more

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Created by Lauren Faust, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic began in October 2010 and ran for nine seasons (222 episodes) until October 2019. It was based on My Little Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014. Some would describe him as a teacher, writer, dream weaver, and visionary... some would not...

%d bloggers like this: