HISTORY: Michael Hubbard (1904-1976)

Michael Hubbard, an unsung hero of British comics, was born in Dublin in 1904. Probably his best known work is the Daily Mirror‘s cheesecake strip Jane, which he worked on first as Norman Pett’s assistant, then as the strip’s artist from 1948 to 1959.

Jane, from the Daily Mirror

Jane, from the Daily Mirror

He started out as an illustrator on The Thriller, a story paper published by the Amalgamated Press (later Fleetway) in the 1930s, and moved into comics in the 40s, drawing classic serials like Treasure Island for Knockout. He had a resurgence in the 60s, returning to classic serials for The Ranger and Princess Tina, now in painted colour. Here’s a page of King Solomon’s Mines from The Ranger.

King Solomon's Mines from The Ranger

King Solomon's Mines, from The Ranger

He also drew for AP’s girls’ comics, including “Jane Bond – Secret Agent” for Tina, Princess Tina and June.

Jane Bond from Princess Tina

Jane Bond, from Princess Tina, 1967

His last work before he died in 1976 was an unfinished, unpublished colour adaptation of Lorna Doone for Princess Tina, of which I believe there are pages doing the rounds of the original art market.

  • http://www.fugtheworld.blogspot.com Gar

    Thanks for that Paddy. Interesting. I can’t help thinking Jane is being a bit of a hypocrite in the second panel there.

  • http://paddybrown.co.uk Paddy Brown

    Maybe just a bit.

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