BRUCE CORNWELL'S FORGOTTEN SPACE CAPTAIN :
by Jeremy Briggs
In those intervening years Cornwell worked on a number of different projects including illustrating the Kemlo and Tas science fiction children’s novels of EC Eliott, where he was credited as A Bruce Cornwell, as well as the Journey Into Space comic strip in Express Weekly based on the BBC radio series. However one of the first strips that he worked on after leaving Dan Dare was a black and white science-fiction comic strip in the short lived weekly newspaper aimed at children, the Junior Mirror. That strip was Space Captain Jim Stalwart.
This is a pity because it has deprived that future of an interesting period piece containing some lovely black and white artwork.
With thanks to Ray Carnes and Richard Sheaf, and especially Bruce Cornwell for his time and recollections.
downthetubes in March 2012 , I mentioned the strip amongst the others that he had worked on, while Steve Holland here on Bear Alley and Will Grenham on the Eagle Times blog also mentioned the strip in their obituaries for him. The details of those obituaries have since been included in various on-line bios of Bruce meaning that at least the title of the strip is now much more widely spread that it was when this article first appeared. Indeed you can now read some episodes of the strip from its publication in the Melbourne Argus newspaper on the National Library Of Australia’s Trove website. However rather than update the original article I have decided to leave that part of the text in its original form as it displays how little was available at that time.)