The Story of Garth the Strong; The Captive; Garth In Space; The Doomsmen & The Gold of Ragnarock

Monday, January 18, 2010 by: PBC

 Hello friends,

Sharing these strips at request of one of most active visitor OLD MAN MOZZ as sooner I could. Hoping you all will enjoy!

I found this information & these strips shared by Pete. All credits go to him.


He writes:

Garth is a UK comic strip which ran in the Daily Mirror from 1943 until 1997.

The strip is in the science fiction-adventure genre, Garth has traveled through time and space, met numerous famous people from history and even has a romance with Astra, the goddess of love.

The strip was created by Steve Dowling, an artist and writer for the Mirror, who worked on many of the strips created for the Mirror in the forties.

The art was by Dowling and John Allard until Dowling retired, after which Allard continued the art solo.

When Allard retired in 1971 the strip was continued by Frank Bellamy.

Prior to his work on Garth, Bellamy is most famous for his work in the UK weekly TV Century 21 where he drew the colour centrespread Thunderbirds strip, based on the Gerry Anderson tv show, from 1966 to 1969.

Bellamy worked on Garth until his untimely death in 1976 when Martin Asbury, another acclaimed UK artist, took over drawing the strip until it's conclusion in 1997.

Asbury also wrote the last seven stories.

On the writing side, the most notable writer of Garth is Peter O'Donnell who worked on Garth from 1953 to 1966. O'Donnell wrote some of the best stories in the series, including The Troll and The Rebels, an alternate Earth story where Garth is up against Adolf Hitler.

Recently the strip has made an online return on the Mirror's website.

This first upload contains several complete stories which have been scanned from the booklets available. They cover all the eras including the first digital story.

Garth In Space is from the Daily Mirror Annual 1970, drawn by the regular artists at the time, Steve Dowling and John Allard, and was scanned and edited by me.

The Gold of Ragnarock is the first story from the new online series. I edited the web pages but there were problems with the file, hence the fixed in the title. Thanks to Slinky who also did a second version.

The Doomsmen and The Beast of Ultor feature the work of Frank Bellamy.

The Captive is from 1957 and is written by Peter O'Donnell, with art by Dowling and Allard.

The Man-Hunt is the last story Frank Bellamy drew, and was finished by Martin Asbury.

Sapphire is by Martin Asbury.

The Story of Garth the Strong is a preview of the first Garth story.

In the paper it was just titled 'Garth', I have used the opening text from promotional material issued by the Mirror for a new title.

I am working on the first story using the scans from the Mirror's records. The upload of that should hopefully be later in the year,and will be followed by all the stories in chronological order.

Just like Garth himself this selection travels through time. If you like time travel, space adventure and great story and art, I hope you find something here to enjoy.
Hopeful you enjoy the stories as much as I did when I read them in my youth.
3 more strips shared by him are available HERE. I'll try to share rest as he'll put online.



  PREVIEW Garth 001 - The Story of Garth the Strong















 Garth - The Captive


 

 Garth - The Doomsmen


Garth - The Gold of Ragnarock(Fixed)

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