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George Clifford P. Makins was born in Lincoln on 25 February 1924. He married the actress Sheila Berry in London in 1947, with whom he had two sons, Stephen and Matthew. Sheila died in 1959.

He joined Hulton Press, and wrote a number of comic strips drawn by Frank Bellamy, including "King Arthur and His Knights" (1955-56), "Robin Hood and His Merry Men" (1956-57) and "Robin Hood and Maid Marian" (1957) for Swift, and "The Happy Warrior" (1957-59), "The Shepherd King" (1958-59) and "Montgomery of Alamein" (1962) for the Eagle.

He became deputy to Marcus Morris, editor-in-chief of the Eagle, Swift, Girl and Robin, and succeeded Morris in 1959 after Hultons were taken over by Odhams Press and Morris left to join the National Magazine Company. He left in 1961 to join the Observer as its sports editor.

He co-wrote a cricket murder mystery novel, Testkill, with Ted Dexter, published in 1976. He married journalist Nora Beloff in 1977, and died in Camden, London, in August 1990.

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