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"The Shipwrecked Circus" from The Beano

Paddy Brennan was a comics artist from Dublin who primarily drew adventure strips for Dundee publisher D. C. Thomson. He worked for them on the basis that his work was anonymous and did not cooperate with anyone who wanted to write about him, so virtually no biographical detail on him is available. Leo Baxendale recalls that he split his time between Dublin and London, working six months of the year in each city, and that his name was Patrick, but he insisted, perhaps ironically, on being called Paddy.[1] I have seen a copy of a letter from Brennan at an address in London, dated 20 May 1986.[2] Comments online suggest he has died since then, possibly around 2000.[3]

His first published work was a strip called "Jeff Collins - Crime Reporter" in the Magno Comic, a one-shot published in 1946 by International publications in Glasgow. More work for small publishers followed, including in Cartoon Art's Marsman Comics (1948) and Super-Duper (1949) and Martin & Reid's The Rancher and Jolly Western (both 1949) before starting his long association with DC Thomson in 1949, drawing an adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's The Lady in the Lake in the People's Journal, and "Sir Solomon Snoozer" in The Dandy.

In the 1950s he drew mainly adventure strips for The Dandy, The Beano and The Topper, taking over several strips, including "Jimmy and his Magic Patch" and "The Shipwrecked Circus", from Dudley D. Watkins, although he also drew some humour strips, including The Dandy's "Rusty". He was the first artist to draw The Beano's "General Jumbo". From the later 1950s he also drew for girls' comics, including an adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin for Bunty in 1958, and "Sandra of the Secret Ballet" for Judy from 1960. His later work included "Showboat Circus" for The Beezer, "Iron Hand" for Cracker in the late 1970s, and strips for Suzy and Buddy in the 1980s.


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  1. Leo Baxendale's Bulletin Board
  2. Alan Clark, private communication
  3. Comics UK Forums: Paddy Brennan