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"In Red Eagle's Care", Bubbles and the Children's Fairy, 1929

Anton Lock was born Albert Henry Lock in Westminster, London, on 21 January 1893, the son of an inspector of army clothing. He studied under Walter Sickert at the Westminster School of Art in 1910-12, and under Walter Bayes at the Bolton School of Lithography in 1912-14. He was a noted painter, illustrator, etcher and wood engraver, who exhibited widely in the UK and France. Much of his work was on pastoral themes and featured horses prominently. He also did a lot of work for the Amalgamated Press' nursery comics. Strips he drew include:

  • "Peter and Doffy" (1920) and "Mother Redward" (1920) for Wonderland Tales
  • "Tony the Orphan Boy" (1921-41), "In Red Eagle's Care" (later "Peter the Paleface Brave", 1925-41) and "Tony and his Garage" (1934) for Bubbles and the Children's Fairy
  • "Peggy and her Piggies" (1925), "Pansy and her Kitty Cats" (1928), "Playbox Cinema" (1938), "Tales by Skipper Dan" (1940) and "Sandra the Sailor" (1954) for Playbox
  • "Pat the Pirate" (1929-40) for Tiger Tim's Weekly
  • "Diary of Daniel Blane" (1949) for Jingles
  • "Witchery Wood" (1954) and "Jess and Jack" (1955) for Rainbow
  • "Susie Sunshine" (1956) for Tiny Tots

He was still working in comics in 1958-59, when he contributed to Jack and Jill, Fun in Toyland and Harold Hare annuals.

He is said to have played up to the image of the artist: as well as adopting the name "Anton", he wore a smock and beret and behaved temperamentally. He died at the Royal Masonic Hospital in Hammersmith on 11 May 1979.

References[]

  • Alan Clark, Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors, The British Library, 1998, p. 96
  • Denis Gifford, Encyclopedia of Comic Characters, Longman, 1987
  • Steve Holland, Anton Lock, Bear Alley, 2 April 2007
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