Rod Craig (1954)
Sydney Leon Miller was born in New South Wales, Australia in 1901. He left school when he was fifteen years old and became an apprentice at The Bulletin. He attended classes at the Royal Art Society and went into animation in 1917, when he joined the company Filmads, where the first Australian commercially made animated films were produced. At the same time he was a freelance artist, contributing to several magazines such as The Bulletin, Aussie and Smith's Weekly.
Miller was a (sports) cartoonist for Smiths, while he also did film and stage reviews. Syd Miller drew many newspaper strips, like 'Chesty Bond', a strip created in 1938, originally to sell men's singlets. In the 1940s he also drew for comic books like Zip-Action, Speed and Monster. His strip 'Animalaughs' was published overseas as well as Australia. One of his most famous strips was 'Rod Craig', that appeared in the Melbourne Herald between 1946 and 1955. One of his final strips was 'Us Girls', from which he retirned in 1957 to devote himself to television animation and sound-slide films.