Leo Baxendale

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Comedian artist Leo Baxendale, whose characters just like the Bash Road Youngsters and Minnie the Minx entertained generations of younger readers, has died.

Together with his sense of anarchy and humour, Baxendale and his creations turned an enormous a part of the enchantment of comics like Beano from the 1950s.

He was regarded by aficionados as one among Britain’s best and most influential cartoonists.

His creations additionally included The Three Bears, Little Plum and the comedian Wham!.

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DC Thomson & Co Ltd

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Baxendale created Minnie the Minx as a feminine Dennis the Menace

Hailing from Preston, Lancashire, Baxendale helped the Beano enchantment to kids in an in any other case austere post-war Britain – first with Little Plum then Minnie the Minx, a feminine reply to Dennis the Menace.

Cuthbert, Smiffy, Fatty, Plug and the remainder of the Bash Road Youngsters got here subsequent. Like Minnie, they revelled in operating riot throughout the comedian panels and outwitting grown-up authority figures like their trainer, named Instructor.

Followers have been drawn to the truth that Baxendale’s strips have been filled with element, gags and light-hearted riot.

Baxendale left the Beano to create the comedian Wham! in 1963. It featured characters preferred Eagle Eye Junior Spy, his arch enemy Grimly Feendish and The Barmy Military.

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DC Thomson & Co Ltd

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The unique title for The Bash Road Youngsters was When The Bell Rings

Cartoonist Lew Stringer told the Downthetubes comic blog that Baxendale was “fairly merely probably the most influential artist in UK humour comics”.

He mentioned: “The impression of his work on British humour comics is unimaginable, as different artists have been inspired by editors to imitate Leo’s model.

“The Beano merely would not appear like The Beano with out Leo’s affect, and it is debatable whether or not the Beano would even nonetheless be round if it had by no means featured The Bash Road Youngsters or Minnie the Minx.”

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There’s a statue of Minnie the Minx in Dundee, the house of the Beano

Comedian archivist, creator and writer Paul Gravett wrote on Facebook: “He did a lot greater than revolutionise British comics. He impressed in his readers, younger and outdated, an anarchic, free-thinking spirit to problem authority and be your self.”

Within the 1970s, Baxendale moved on to Willy the Child and Child Basil, the latter of which additionally featured in The Guardian within the 1990s.

Within the 1980s, he fought a seven-year battle for the copyright to his Beano creations with writer DC Thomson. They settled out of court docket earlier than a three-week trial started.


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