The Scorpion, by Monty Wedd

Monty Wedd was born in New South Wales, Australia at the beginning of the twentieth century. He left school during the Depression and started working at a printing company. After half a year, he was employed as an artist by a furniture manufacturer. In the second World War, he served in the army. After his discharge, he studied art and sold his first comics to Syd Nicholls, including titles such as 'Bert and Ned' and 'Captain Justice'. For Elmsdale Publications he produced 'Tod Trail' and 'Kirk Raven', and in 1954 he came up with his best known creation, 'The Scorpion', which was an immediate bestseller.

The Scorpion, by Monty WeddThe Scorpion, by Monty Wedd

Wedd did a series of the comic 'Captain Justice' for Calvert Publishing, drew for Stamp News and became associated with The Australian Children's Newspaper, for which he drew various short adventure comics. In 1963, he turned to animation, working for Artransa and Eric Porter on series such as 'Marco Polo vs. The Red Dragon', 'Charlie Chan', 'The Lone Ranger', 'Rocket Robin Hood' and 'Super Friends'. Monty Wedd retired from comics in 1977, after working on the 'Ned Kelly' comic strip for 146 weeks.

Story From Fatt Finn's Comic by Monty Wedd
From: Fatty Finn's Comic

Wedd's style was inspired by Syd Nicholls, using Australian landscapes to depict boys' adventures full of historical authenticity.

Tod Trail, by Monty Wedd

About 'Ned Kelly'

Last updated: 2013-06-19

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