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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.


The Beano[]

  • Sinbad the Sailor (1950-1952)
  • Jimmy and his Magic Patch (1950-1951, 1959)
  • Jack Flash (1951, 1955-1957)
  • The Shipwrecked Circus (1951-1952, 1955, 1957)
  • The Bird Boy (1952)
  • Red Rory of the Eagles (1952-1953)
  • General Jumbo (1953-1954, 1956, 1963)
  • Longlegs the Desert Wildboy (1954-1955, 1957-1958)
  • The Wooden Horse (1956-1957)
  • Young Davy Crockett (1956)
  • The Moving Island (The Beano Book)
  • Strongarm the Axeman (The Beano Book)
  • The Happy-Go-Luckies (?)

The Beezer[]

  • The Showboat Circus


  • Longlegs the Desert Wildboy (1981)


  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (adaptation of the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1958)


  • Iron Hand (1975-1976)

The Dandy[]

  • Around the World in 80 Days (1959)
  • The Bearding of the Wierdies
  • Blitz Boy
  • Bonzer the Bear Cub
  • The Boy from Lilliput
  • Chuck's Wagon
  • Crackaway Jack (1955-60)
  • The Crackaway Twins (1960)
  • Cripple Singh
  • Dave the Brave
  • Diamond Dick
  • Eastward Ho with Prince Charlie's Gold
  • Fighting Forkbeard - the Sea Wolf from Long Ago (1951-)
  • The Galloping Glory Boys (1952)
  • Guardian of the Red Raider
  • The Hairy Gang of Robbers
  • Ironhands (1971-)
  • The Island of Monsters (1969-)
  • Jimbo and Bimbo
  • Lionheart Logans
  • Little Lucky
  • Mickey from the Moon (1952)
  • Mickey's Tick-Tock Men (1955)
  • My Pal Midnight
  • Oggie the Ostrich
  • Pete's Pranky Pup
  • Rikki the Rickshaw Boy
  • Robin Hood (1958-)
  • Rollo
  • Rusty (1950-1954)
  • The Secret Londoners
  • Sir Solomon Snoozer (1949-)
  • Skeet the Scrounger
  • Spadger's Badger
  • Swordsman Sam
  • The Talking Ball
  • Tufty's Lucky Terrier
  • Turtle Boy
  • Westward Ho with Prince Charlie's Gold
  • Willie Willikin's Pobble (1952-)
  • Young Drake (1954)


  • Sandra of the Secret Ballet (1960-)

The Magno Comic[]

  • Jeff Collins - Crime Reporter (1948)

People's Journal[]

  • The Lady in the Lake (adaptation of the novel by Sir Walter Scott, 1949)
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

The Topper[]

  • The Amazing Peet from Planet K (1973-75)
  • Captain Blood (adaptation of the novel by Rafael Sabatini)
  • Flip McCoy - the Flying Boy (1953-)
  • Jimmy's Mighty Midgets (1956)
  • The Jolly Rogers (1954)
  • The White Witch (adaptation of the novel She by H. Rider Haggard, 1956)
  • The Whizzers from Ozz
  • Wulf of the Arrows (1957)


  • Longlegs the Desert Wildboy (1973)