Kitty Hawke, by Ray Bailey
Kitty Hawke

Ray Bailey began drawing for British comic books in the mid-1930s. His early work include humorous picture stories for the annual Christmas comics of publisher C. Arthur Pearson, such as 'Milly and Billy'. He also worked for The Seaside Comic ('Dr. Helshaw') and The Summer Comic ('Milly and Billy').

detail from The Seaside Comic, by Ray Bailey
detail from The Seaside Comic

He was active for the Amalgamated Press since 1936. His features include 'Bertie and Babs', 'The Lost Joss', 'Peggy the Pretty Police Patrol', 'The Pentwins', 'Wot-Ho', and 'Forgotten City' in Butterfly, 'Captain Quick and Nippy Nick' in Comic Cuts, 'Dickie's Diary' and 'Brother Bill and Sister Sue' in Golden, 'Jolly Joe and his Fun Show' and 'Will Power' in Jolly Comic and 'Hopeful Horice' and 'The Chimps' in Sparkler.

Wendy and Jinx by Ray Bailey
Wendy and Jinx (from French magazine Line, 1957)

In the 1950s, he drew the comics 'Kitty Hawke' and 'Wendy and Jinx' (with Philip Townsend) for the front pages of Hulton's Girl, a girl-version of popular magazine Eagle. For this same magazine, he also made the feature 'Susan of St. Bride's'.

comic art by Ray Bailey (1935)

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