This series was written by H.B. Ohrt and illustrated by Léon James for Hillborough Studio. “Spanner Preston” and its creators did not transfer from Hillborough Studio to Bell Features. Since this feature was more accomplished than much of what was in Bell Features, one can only assume the creators chose not to transfer.

“Spanner Preston” is a Canadian  hero R.A.F. pilot fighting over Dunkirk. He is shot down behind enemy lines. He gets back to the British positions and reports on enemy movements. He is returned to Britain where he is awarded the DFC and is attached to the British intelligence service. After this his adventures occur primarily in the Middle East more specifically Iran.



 Content serial:

Triumph Adventure Comics…: “Spanner Preston: Spies of the Airways.” Writ., H.B. Ohrt. Illus., Léon James: …. Hillborough Studio. Black & white.
1-1, Aug. 1941: 1-16.

1-2, Sept. 1941: 15-29.

1-3, Oct., 1941: 1-11.

1-4, Nov. 1941: 26-37.

1-5, Jan. 1942:44-53

Triumph Adventure Comics, 1-6, Feb. 1942.: “Spanner Preston: Spies of the Airways.” Writ., unidentified  probably H.B. Ohrt. Illus., unidentified probably Léon James: 1-11. Hillborough Studio. Black & white.


SPANNER PRESTON, Triumph, 1-1, Aug Triumph Comics, 1-1, Aug. 1941: 1.

SPANNER PRESTON, Triumph Comics 1-1, 2 Triumph Adventure Comics, 1-1, Aug. 1941: 3

SPANNER PRESTON Triumph Comics, 1-1, 3Triumph Comics, 1-1, Aug. 1941: 5.

SPANNER PRESTON Triumph Comics, 1-4, Nov Triumph Adventure Comics, 1-4, Nov. 1941: 35.

SPENNER PRESTON Triumph 1-5, Jan Triumph Comics, 1-5, Jan. 1942: 45.

SPANNER PRESTON Triumph Comics, 1-6, n Triumph Comics, 1-6, Feb. 1942.: 4.