Gil Thorp (1 April 1997)
Ray Burns had a long career in newspaper comics, although his name is largely unknown to the public. He was Alex Raymond's assistant on 'Rip Kirby' for nine years until Raymond's death in 1956. He was an occasional ghost illustrator on 'The Berenstain Bears' but mainly worked with Jack Berrill on the 'Gil Thorp' sports comic.
Gil Thorp (28 March 1997)
He took over the reign of the comic with writer Jerry Jenkins after Berrill's death in 1996. He continued to work on the strip until he passed away in 2000. He was succeeded by Frank McLaughlin.
Ray Burns and Alex Raymond in 1950