Photo by Noddy McCoy. The Cage, 1975: Dust jacket.
Born 5 December 1943 in Bristol England, and lived in Australia for much of his youth he came to Toronto in 1969. Here he drew occasional illustrations and editorial cartoons for the magazine Saturday Night, and The Toronto Star. He is remembered for the four publications listed below which are considered seminal pioneering works in the development of the graphic novel.
The Cage was begun in Toronto in 1972 with the bulk of it done during 1972 to 1973 while Martin and his wife Noddy were living in Paris. It was completed in Toronto in February 1974. The ruins in Yucatan and central Mexico inspired parts of this book.
He moved to Belgium where he pursued a career as a fine arts painter. He also wrote two novels Night Train (1989) and Tomb of Zwaab (1991).
He died 3 July 2009.
WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR:
Elephant. New Press, 1970.
The Cage. Coach House Press, 1975. An edition of 1500 copies.
The Park. Coach House Press, 1972.
The Projector. Coach House Press, 1971.
The Cage. Car., Martin Vaughan-James. Coach House Press, 1975. Back page & dust jacket.
The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed.., Peter Desbarates & Terry Mosher. McClelland & Stewart Ltd.,1979: 252.
Elephant, 1970: Front cover.
The Projector, 1971: Front cover.
The Park, 1972: Front cover.
The Cage, 1975: Front cover.