Basil Blackaller was an artist for several of D.C. Thomson comics from the late 1930s throughout the 1940s. His best known work was on Hugh McNeill's 'Pansy Potter', a character with which he made war-themed stories for Beano during World War II. His other comic strips for Beano include 'Hairy Dan' (1938), 'Deep-Down Daddy Neptune' (1939), 'Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters' (1940), 'Big Heep' (1940) and 'Smart Alec' (1945). Blackaller was present in Dandy with 'Castor Oil Craddock' (1948) and in Magic with 'Dick Turpentine' (1940). His work for the Amalgamated Press included 'Lesley Shane and the Mystery of the Masks of Manton' in the Super Detective Library. In the 1950s he was the artist of the SF newspaper strip 'Ace O'Hara'.
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