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.

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.

They were later collected into an Eclipse publication.

WORK:

CARTOONIST:

BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Story:

Potlatch presents The 1980 Comics Annual. Ed., Ian Carr. Potlatch Publications, 1979.

  • “Blarg The Swordsman.” Potlatch presents 15-17.
  • “The Gauntlet Of The Gods.” Assist., Steve LeBlanc.”: 83-90.

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

Content:

Story:

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

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Story graphic:

Canadian Children’s Annual 1976. Ed., Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. 1975.

  • “A Visit To The Science Centre.”: 38-40.
  • “The Magic Tale of Wog the Dragon Slater.”: 159-163.

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1977. Ed., Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. 1976.

  • “A Visit To The Beach”: 91-94.
  • “The Spell Stone Of Darian.” 21-28.

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1978. Ed., Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. Potlatch Publ. 1977.

  • A Visit To The Museum”: 53.

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1979. Ed., Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. Potlatch Publ. 1978.

  • “A Visit to the Mall”: 119-122.

ILLUSTRATOR:

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

Cover:

Book front:

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

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Information text:

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1979. Ed., Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. Potlatch Publ. 1978.

  • “Money Matters.” Writ., Barbara Greenwood: 83.

Story text:

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1976. Ed., R. F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. Potlatch Publications, 1975

  • “Just Desserts.” Writ., William Ettridge. : 130-133
  • “Killer Sharks and Sunken Gold.” Writ., Peter Nagai: 119-124.

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1978. Ed., Robert F. Neilson. Art Dir., Mary Tach. Potlatch Publ. 1977.

  • “Lost!”: Writ., William Ettridge: 71-72.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Wraparound: The Cheese Heads. 5, October 1992. Tragedy Strikes Press. John MacLeod draws his character “Dishman” in a setting drawn by Nick Craine.

Content:

The Cheese Heads. 5, October 1992. Tragedy Strikes Press.

  • The Second Coming of Officer Jerry, pt. 3”: 1-29. John MacLeod draws his character “Dishman” in a story by cartoonist Nick Craine.

SOURCE:

Interview:

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

GALLERY:

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE CARTOON\IMAGE CARTOON D\DISHMAN, The Mundane Adventures of ..., 1, 1988, fc.jpg The Mundane Adventures of Dishman, 1, September 1988: Front cover.