GILPIN Les

GILPIN Les

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Les Gilpin left, Ed Furness Right. Photo from Ed Furness.

Almost nothing is known about Les Gilpin, although from his early efforts in Grand Slam and Three Aces, he must have been an experienced graphic artist and from the photo above he must have been in his thirties when he was employed by Anglo-American Publishing co. Ltd. . He was already working at Anglo-American when Ed Furness arrived. He created “Commander Steel”, “The Crusaders” and illustrated “Sooper Dooper” which Jack Calder wrote.. According to Ed Furness, he was apparently an alcoholic and he eventually went or was sent to Fawcett in New York to work with C.C. Beck on “Captain Marvel”. Nothing is known of what happened to him there. Betty Mercer remembered he was with the company till the end and that it was he who told them that they had all been released.

One of the memories, that Betty Mercer had about Les Gilpin was that he, “ would trip every day as he came into the office to make everyone roll their eyes.”

WORK:

CARTOONIST:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Serial:

“The Crusaders…” Grand Slam Comics… Black & white interior. Anglo-American Publishing Co. Ltd.
“… In Libya.” 1-4, March 1942: 2-27. “…”1-5, April 1942: 3-22. “…” 1-6, May 1942: 3-22.

ILLUSTRATOR:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Serial:

According to Ed Furness, Jack Calder (Jay McKellar) wrote “Sooper Dooper” and Les Gilpin illustrated it. The citations on the stories made no such distinction.

“Sooper Dooper, Mighty Man Of Yesterday…”, Contributors, Jay McKellar & Les Gilpin. 3 Aces Comics. Black & white interior. Anglo-American Publishing Co. Ltd.
“ … Pitts His Wits Against Butch The Bat.” 1-2, January/February 1942: 53-63.

No story. 1-3, March 1942.

No story. 1-5, May 1942.

“Sooper Dooper, Mighty Man Of Yesterday…” Contributors, Jay McKellar & Les Gilpin. Three Aces Comics. Black & white interior. Anglo-American Publishing Co. Ltd.
“….” 1-6, June 1942: 38-47.

“…”1-8, September, 1942: 52-61.

“…Axes The Axis” 1-9, October 1942:42-51.

“….” 2-1, February 1943: 53-62.

“….” 2-2, March 1943: 53-62.

“… The Great McCluskey Shows.” 2-3, April 1943: 53-62.

“…”. 2-4, May 1943: 46-55.

“…”. 3-3, April 1944: 48-47

“ … and the Insanitary Professor Phoolizh.’, 3-6, July 1944: 39-46: “

“… Mighty Man Of Yesterday.” 3-8, September 1944: 43-47.

Sooper Dooper disappeared from Three Aces.

CO-CARTOONIST:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Serial:

“The Crusaders…” Co-car., Ed Furness. Grand Slam Comics… Black & white interior. Anglo-American Publishing Co. Ltd.
“…” 2-3, February 1943: 32-41.

“…” 2-4, March 1943: 31-40.

“…” 2-5, April 1943: 31-40.

“…” 2-7, June 1943: 32-41.

“… and the Dream Of Baron Todt!” 2-8, July 1943: 31-40.

No story. 3-1, December 1943.

No story. 3-2, January 1944.

SOURCE:

Interview:

Ed Furness by Robert MacMillan

Correspondence:

Email 1 May 2016, to Ivan Kocmarek from Billy Neill grandson to Betty Mercer quoting his mother.

Email 28 Sept. 2016, to Robert MacMillan, from Billy Neill grandson to Betty Mercer quoting his

mother.

GALLERY:

See COMMANDER STEEL, CRUSADERS and SOOPER DOOPER.