Charlie Chaplin and the Kid, by Freddie Adkins, 1922

Frederick Adkins was a self-taught staff artist at Amalgamated Press, the publishing house responsible for magazines like the weekly Funny Wonder, which could be bought for a dime. Freddie Adkins was the first cartoonist to fill in for Bertie Brown, when this over-productive artist needed a holiday. Adkins spent most of his fifty-year career drawing filler gags and strips, and working as a letterer and scriptwriter for titles like Funny Wonder ('Nougat the Nig', 1920), Butterfly, Comic Life ('Spick and Span', 1921), Lot-O'Fun ('Sammy Sample', 1921), Jolly Jester ('Reggie Rambler', 1922), Sunbeam ('Professor Botany', 1925), Funny Wonder ('Danny and Domino', 1927). In the 1930s he was mainly a ghost artist, but he also had his own features, such as 'Bobby Blue', 'Bimbo the Clown' and 'Timothy Topnot' in Tiger Tim's Weekly, 'Flips' in Playbox. Adkins worked for the Amalgamated Press throughout the 1950s and retired in 1959.

Charlie Chaplin and the Kid, by Freddie Adkins, 1922

Last updated: 2007-02-16

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