Fred Kelly (comics)

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Fred Kelly

Frederick George "Fred" Kelly (September 8, 1921 in Toronto – September 14, 2005 in Owen Sound) was a comic book writer and artist known for his contributions to the "Canadian Whites" era during the Second World War.

Kelly worked for Bell Productions in Toronto, where his creations included the original version of the character "Mr. Monster".[1] He also worked for the Montreal-based "Educational Projects", where he illustrated non-fictional comics about Canadian historical figures.[2]

In 1946, Kelly briefly worked with Damon Runyon on "The Other Half", a comic strip based on Runyon's Prohibition-era stories; however, this project collapsed with Runyon's death.[2] Kelly subsequently left comics, and worked in various fields including medical illustration and real estate.[3]

In 2003, Michael T. Gilbert (whose 1980s creation of "Mr. Monster" was directly inspired by Kelly's work)[4] wrote a tribute to Kelly, and — in the process of researching Kelly — befriended comics historian Robert Pincombe;[3] the next year Pincombe notified Gilbert that he had located Kelly, who (to Gilbert's surprise) was still alive. Kelly subsequently appeared as Gilbert's invited guest at the June 2004 Toronto Comic Con.


  1. ^ Fred Kelly, at Lambiek; by Lambiek; published 12 November 2010; retrieved 21 March 2014
  2. ^ a b "FRED KELLY, ARTIST AND REALTOR 1921-2005"; by Tom Hawthorn; published in the Globe and Mail, September 24, 2005; page S-9; archived at the Ontario Genealogical Society
  3. ^ a b Fred Kelly Remembered (Part 1), by Michael T. Gilbert; in Alter Ego #56, page 64 (archived at Issuu); published February 2006
  4. ^ ICONS Interview with Michael T. Gilbert - MR. MONSTER, at Icons of Fright; published 2008; retrieved March 21, 2014