John Henry Gordon ("Don") Freeman (b. Croydon, Surrey, 25 April 1903; d. Battle, Surrey, 1972) joined the Daily Mirror as an office boy in 1918. He wrote for the Mirror's children page from 1922, and also worked on the sports page around the same time. He became assistant to Bertram J. Lamb, the editor of the children's pages, and wrote Pip, Squeak and Wilfred comic strips for the paper and associated annuals between 1923 and 1940. In 1936 he scripted a comic adaptation of Edgar Wallace's Terror Keep, drawn by Jack Monk. When that strip was cancelled for copyright reasons, he and Monk created a replacement strip, Buck Ryan, that ran from 1937 to 1962.

He took over as editor of the children's pages following Lamb's death in 1938. From 1938 to 1953 he wrote the Mirror's famous cheesecake strip Jane, drawn by the strip's creator, Norman Pett, and later Mike Hubbard. From 1943 to 1959 he and artist Tony Royle took over Belinda Blue Eyes, created by Steve Dowling, renaming it Belinda. He also wrote Dowling's science fiction strip Garth from 1944 to 1952.

Outside the Mirror, under the pen name Gordon Grinstead, he wrote novels, children's educational books and comics, including "Sally of the South Seas" for Girl, and "Knights of the Road" (1960-62, drawn by Gerald Haylock), about two brothers running a road haulage business, for Eagle.


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