John McLusky

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John McLusky
Born Hector John McLusky
20 January 1923
Glasgow
Died 5 September 2006
(aged 83)
Nationality British
Area(s) artist
Notable works
James Bond

John McLusky (20 January 1923 – 5 September 2006) was a comics artist best known as the original artist of the comic strip featuring Ian Fleming's James Bond.

Biography[edit]

John McLusky's rendition of James Bond

McLusky began illustrating the comic strip adaptation of James Bond for the Daily Express. From 1958 to 1966, McLusky adapted 13 of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels or short stories.

After Yaroslav Horak had taken over the James Bond strip, McLusky drew Secret Agent 13 for Fleetway.[1] For the magazine TV Comic McLusky illustrated several strips over 15 years, notably Look and Learn and strip adaptations for Laurel & Hardy, and the Pink Panther.[1] In 1982 McLusky returned to illustrate the James Bond strip, collaborating with writer Jim Lawrence to illustrate 4 new original James Bond stories.

John McLusky continued other work throughout his career – including substitute teaching and work as a puppeteer on Bournemouth pier. He continued this other work because at one stage he had almost lost the ability to speak due to his isolation from other human beings.[citation needed]

James Bond strips[edit]

Art by John McLusky
Title Writer Date Serial no.
Casino Royale Anthony Hern 7 July – 13 December 1958 1-138
Live and Let Die Henry Gammidge0 15 December 1958 – 28 March 1959 139-225
Moonraker Henry Gammidge 3 March – 8 August 1959 226-339
Diamonds Are Forever Henry Gammidge 10 August 1959 – 30 January 1960 340-487
From Russia with Love Henry Gammidge 1 February – 21 May 1960 488-583
Dr. No Peter O'Donnell 23 May – 1 October 1960 584-697
Goldfinger Henry Gammidge0 3 October 1960 – 1 April 1961 698-849
Risico Henry Gammidge 3 April – 24 June 1961 850-921
From a View to a Kill Henry Gammidge 26 June – 9 September 1961 922-987
For Your Eyes Only Henry Gammidge 11 September – 9 December 19610 988-1065
Thunderball Henry Gammidge 11 December 1961 – 10 February 1962 1066–1128
On Her Majesty's Secret Service0 Henry Gammidge 29 June 1964 – 15 May 1965 1-274
You Only Live Twice Henry Gammidge 17 May 1965 – 8 January 1966 275-475

Other work[edit]

  • The Paradise Plot (1981-1982)
  • Deathmask (1982–1983)
  • Flittermouse (1983)
  • Polestar (1983)
  • The Scent Of Danger (1984)

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lambiek Comiclopedia. "John McLusky". 

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