'Wendy at War'.

Terry Aspin was a British comic book artist, mainly known for drawing many stories for the several girls' titles of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, such as Jinty, Bunty, Debbie and Mandy.

Early life and career
He was born in 1916 as Bernard Terence Aspin in Bolton, Lancashire. His father was a cow keeper and dairyman. Aspin eventually moved to Wales, where he got married in 1940.

Cowboy comics
In the period 1956-1957, Aspin drew some of the 'Davy Crockett' issues of the Cowboy Picture Library for the Amalgamated Press, namely 'Davy Crockett and the Treasure of the Tontos', 'Davy Crockett Florida Fighter' and 'Davy Crockett and the Tomahawk Totem'. Subsequently, he also worked for publisher C. Arthur Pearson on comic adaptations of the films 'Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans' (1958) for TV Picture Stories and 'Warlock' (1959) for the Film Picture Library. Some of this early comics work also appeared in Spain in the series 'Cinecolor' by publisher Ferma.


Gypsy Rose - 'Cassie and the Cat' (Jinty, 1977)

Girls' comics
From then on, Aspin apparently began working exclusively for the many British girls' comics. Since all of these stories were done anonymously, comic fans and experts are only gradually uncovering who created what, largely through original artwork from an artist's estate or identifying styles. During the 1960s, Aspin remained associated with the Amalgamated Press, drawing stories for School Friend and Girls' Crystal. He was featured prominently in IPC's Jinty in the second half of the 1970s with the serials 'Curtain of Silence' (1977), 'Cathy's Casebook' (1978), 'The Girl Who Never Was' (1978), 'Alice In A Strange Land' (1979), 'Almost Human' (1979), 'Alice In A Strange Land' (1979) and 'Toni on Trial' (1979-1980). He also contributed several installments in the series 'Gypsy Rose's Tales of Mystery and Magic'.

DC Thomson
At DC Thomson, Terry Aspin provided artwork to Bunty, Debbie, Mandy, Tracy and several other girls' titles. From the mid 1970s throughout the 1980s he illustrated many serials in Bunty, including the 'Maisie Mercury' series (1985-1991), about a girl who is banished from the School of Gods to Earth, and 'School's Out!' (1987-1989), an ongoing series about the lives, romances and friendships of a group of students. Several of his Bunty work later appeared in the Bunty Annuals and the Bunty Picture Story Library.

A notable serial in Debbie was 'Wendy at War' (1976), a realistic and well-documented World War II story about a resistance girl during the Channel Islands occupation. Among Aspin's other contributions to Debbie were the 'Princess Pandora' serials (1975-1976), as well as 'In Fear of Fire Mountain' (1975), 'A Holiday to Remember' (1976), 'Sandra's Secret Swim' (1976-1977), 'Polly's Puppies' (1977), 'Hard Times for Hatty' (1978) and several short, historical stories.


'Maisy Mercury' (Bunty #1618).

He was present in Tracy with 'The Sorrows of Supergirl' (1979-1980), 'The Girl Who Didn't Belong' (1981-1982), 'Vote for Smith!' (1982-1983) and 'One Happy Family' (1983), and provided artwork to many ghost stories in Suzy. Suzy also featured Aspin's melodramas 'Rosie and Redfire' (1983-1984), 'Beanstalk Brenda' (1984-1985), 'Lead on Lucky' (1985), 'Twin Trouble' (1985), 'Blitz and Bobby' (1986) and 'The Curse of Crawley Moor' (1987), while 'A New Life for Lesley' (1987) appeared in Nikki. In the second half of the 1980s, Aspin was also a regular in Mandy with 'Mary's Moneybank' (1985), 'My Secret Family' (1988), 'Night and Day' (1990), 'The Portrait of Pauline' (1990), 'The Singer from the Hills' (1990) and 'The Greys and the Greens' (1991), which ran until the title's last issue.

Terry Aspin's comics for girls also appeared abroad, for instance in the Netherlands, in the weekly magazine Tina and in the 'Debbie Parade' albums.

Other activities
In his spare time, Terry Aspin made oil paintings and built scale steam locomotives. This latter hobby was also chronicled in the books 'Foundrywork for the Amateur' (1954), 'The Backyard Foundry' (1978), and 'The Model Locomotive from Scratch' (1998). He died in Wrexham, Wales, in October 2006.

Terry Aspin on girlscomicsofyesterday.com

Terry Aspin on jintycomic.wordpress.com

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