Reg Smythe, Andy Capp, World War II, Daily Mirror Newspaper, Northumberland Fusiliers
The first ever Andy Capp cartoon to appear in the Daily Mirror Newspaper on the 5th August 1957. Caption reads : No , not that one lass, I'm on 'oliday" "Andy Capp," was created by Reg Smythe, and is one of the most successful comic strips in the world. Reg was born in West Hartlepool, England, where his father built small boats. Smythe joined the British army and for 10 years served in the ranks of the Northumberland Fusiliers. During World War II, he served in the North African campaign and was promoted to sergeant. After the war he took a temporary job as a telephone clerk, and he began to draw with no guidance at all. His style was simple but effective. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he managed to sell a drawing from the first batch he ever submitted to an editor. "My gross earnings for the two cartoons came to more than I was making at the post office," he once said. "That was all the incentive I needed." "
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