MacLEOD John

MacLEOD John

“I never exactly thought of Dishman as a superhero satire. I felt like it wasn’t so much that I was satirizing superheroes, but more like by treating them as rigidly realistic as I could, I gave them the opportunity to satirize themselves if people wanted to read it that way. I wasn’t trying to say that superheroes are ridiculous. I just wanted to say they weren’t realistic”                                                                      From Mel Taylor interview.

Born: In Brantford, Ontario.

He was educated at York University. His pop culture influences came principally from television, the live action series Batman, the animated series Jetsons, and Johnny Quest , early anime like Astro Boy, Marine Boy and Speed Racer. He also followed the Gerry Anderson supermarionation series Stingray and Thunderbirds.

During the second half of the 1970’s his work regularly appeared in the Canadian Children’s Annual and in Potlatch presents The 1980 Comics Annual. In the Annual he cartoons a humorous tale in the barbarian genre and sword and sorcery story. In The Canadian Children’s Annual he was both a cartoonist and illustrator for both story and information features..

He is best known for his creation “Dishman” which was inspired by a dream he had about creating a superhero who could clean dishes. He woke up and did it. He was inspired to attempt the mini-comic format by a series of articles that appeared in the Comics Journal in the 1980’s and by Chester Brown’s artistic success in the genre. He further credits Chester Brown as extremely helpful in answering his many questions. A run for Dishman was about a thousand copies although issues 1 & 2 were more. The series ended with issue 10 in 1990 although there appears to be an intention to continue it further.

The “Dishman” stories were collected into an Eclipse publication in 1988 and “Dishman” made an appearance in Nick Craine’s The Cheese Heads in 1992. It was a collaboration in which John drew his character and Nick drew the other characters and background.

WORK:

CARTOONIST:

BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content story:

Potlatch presents The 1980 Comics Annual. Ed., Ian Carr. Potlatch Publications, 1979.            “Blarg The Swordsman”: 15-17.                                                                                          “The Gauntlet Of The Gods.” Assist., Steve LeBlanc.”: 83-90.

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

Content story & Cover book front:

The Mundane Adventures of Dishman. 1, September 1988. Eclipse Comics.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:                                                                        All published by Potlatch Publications, Editor, Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach.

Content:

Story graphic:

Canadian Children’s Annual 1976. 1975:                                                                                       “A Visit To The Science Centre.”: 38-40.                                                                             “The Magic Tale of Wog the Dragon Slater”: 159-163.

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1977.1976: “The Spell Stone Of Darian.” 21-28.                                                                                    “A Visit To The Beach”: 91-94.

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1978,1977: “A Visit To The Museum”: 53.

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1979. 1978. “A Visit to the Mall”: 119-122.

ILLUSTRATOR:

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:                                                                        All published by Potlatch Publications, Editor, Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach.

Content:

Information text:

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1979. 1978: “Money Matters.” Writ., B. Greenwood: 83.

Story text:

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1976. 1975:                                                                                    “Killer Sharks and Sunken Gold.” Writ., Peter Nagai: 119-124.                                           “Just Desserts.” Writ., William Ettridge. : 130-133

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1978. 1977: “Lost!”: Writ., William Ettridge: 71-72.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:                                                                                                  Published by Tragedy Strikes Press.

Content story & Cover wraparound:

The Cheese Heads. 5, October 1992. “The Second Coming of Officer Jerry, pt. 3”: 1-29.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC MINI:                                                                                                    All self published

Content story & Cover front & back:

The Mundane Adventures Of Dishman, …. Contents and cover black & white.
1, Aug., 1985.

2, Apr. 1986.

3, Sept. 1986.

4, Mar. 1987.

5, July 1987.

6, Dec. 1987.

7, Nov. 1988.

8, Dec. 1989.

9, Mar. 1990.

10, Dec. 1990

SOURCE:

Interview:

A telephone interview by Mel Taylor (not published) 31 March 2018.

GALLERY:

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The Mundane Adventures of Dishman, 1, August 1985.Front cover.

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The Mundane Adventures of Dishman, 7, November 1988: Front cover & 7.

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