Sunday, November 13, 2011
Mick Anglo (1916-2011)
Born Maurice Anglovitz in Aldgate East, London, on 19 June 1916 and educated at the Central Foundation School, Anglo went on to study art at the John Cass School, London. His first professional work was drawing fashion sketches — his family being in the tailoring business — before freelancing in commercial art until 1939. He drew his first cartoons during War service with the Army in 1942; he was a regular contributor to the South East Asia Command newspaper and its cartoon collection spin-off Laugh with SEAC.
The Gower Studios employed a great many artists, amongst them Don Lawrence, Roy Parker, Colin Page, John Whitlock. Frank Daniels, George Parlett, Leo Rawlings, Charles Baker, Denis Gifford, Peter Ford, Roy Castle, etc.
As ‘Anglo Features’ he produced — mostly reusing redrawn old material — Captain Miracle, Battle and TV Features in 1960-61, before producing new stories for Thorpe & Porter’s Classics Illustrated line (1962-63), later producing three TV related comics for the same firm: The Avengers, Charles Rand, and Danger Man.
In 1982, Marvelman was relaunched in the pages of Warrior, with Anglo receiving payments for the use of the character and reprints. Marvelman then became embroiled in a lengthy and heated dispute over rights that took place mostly in the USA. The situation was (at least partly) resolved in 2007 when Anglo sold what rights in the character were believed to be his; these were then sold to Marvel Comics who, in 2009, announced a series of reprints of old Marvelman strips, which appeared as Marvelman Family's Finest in 2010 alongside a hardcover collection, Marvelman Classic.
Mick is survived by his wife, Minnie (nee Cedar), whom he married in 1940, and a son.
(* My thanks to Derek Wilson for the photograph, which shows Mick in his heyday in the 1950s.)