Footrot Flats by Murray Ball
Footrot Flats (1990)

Murray Ball spent the early part of his life in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. His cartooning career started in childhood, copying Walt Disney and 'Tom & Jerry' characters, and he maintained an interest in cartooning throughout his youth. Until 1968, when he and his family moved to England, he worked as a reporter, cartoonist and teacher. His 'Stanley' strip was published by English satirical magazine, Punch. 'Stanley' became the longest-running strip in the history of Punch, and was also syndicated in the US, Australia, New Guinea and Italy. After five years, Ball returned with his family to New Zealand, continuing to submit work to Punch until a postal strike put a stop to that as a source of regular income.

Footrot Flats by Murray Ball
Footrot Flats (1990)

Murray Ball's real success came in 1976 with his comic strip 'Footrot Flats' which made its first appearances in the Evening Post. Set on a mythical New Zealand farm, the strip focused on the adventures of an always optimistic farm dog, his owner Wallace (Wal) Footrot, and the various creatures that inhabited the countryside.

Murray Ball
Murray Ball in 1996

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