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"Zom of the Zodiac", Big Win Comic, 1948

Stanley Kendrick Perkins was born in Reading, Berkshire, in the second quarter of 1889, the son of William S. Perkins, a clerk in a biscuit factory, and his wife Josephine. He was working as a comic artist by 1911. He drew "Spadger's XI" in DC Thomson's The Wizard from 1926 until 1931, when he was replaced by Chick Gordon and the strip was renamed "Spadger's Isle".

From the late 1920s he worked for the Amalgamated Press and the Fleetway Press, drawing "Tom the Piper's Son" (1927) for Comic Life, "Wheezy Weeks and Breezy Breeks" (1927) for The Joker, "Hurricane Hal" (1929) for The Monster Penny Comic and others until the mid-1830s. After that he moved to Target Publications, for whom he drew "Seaside Screams" (1935) for Target, "Shorty Shuffle" (1937) for Rattler, and "Curley Girly" (1938) for Sunshine. He also drew "The Adventures of Elsie, Winnie and Johnny" (1936), based on a radio serial, for Ovaltiney's Own Comic. He then returned to DC Thomson, drawing "Smiley the Sweeper" (1938) for The Beano.

After the Second World War he drew for small publishers who published mainly one-off comics, filling a gap in the market caused by the effect of paper shortages on larger publishers. He drew "Zom of the Zodiac" (1948) for Scion's Big Win Comic. For Paget, he drew "Redskins vs Cowboys" for Paget Acme, "Lucky Mac" for Paget Pageant, "Jackie Joker" for Paget Dapper, "Dozey Dan" for Paget Happy Laughs, "Kinky Clues" for Paget's Funny Cuts, "Time Tex" for Paget's Sure Fire, and "Sunny Sambo" for Paget's Tupney, among others, all around 1949.

He died in Reading in the first quarter of 1966.


  • Alan Clark, Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors, The British Library, 1998, pp. 133-134
  • Dennis Gifford, Encyclopedia of Comic Characters, Longman, 1987
  • Terry Hooper-Scharf, Zom of the Zodiac, British Golden Age Comics, 24 June 2012

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