comic art by Keith Chatto

Ronald Keith Chatto was born in New South Wales, Australia in 1924. He studied in Sydney, where Jim Russell of Smith's Weekly encouraged him to take art classes. Keith Chatto was employed by the Greater Union Thetares art department and drew recognition cgarts for the Air Training Corps before joining the RAAF. In 1946, after his demobilization, he created the comic strip 'Destiny Scott' for the Sydney Morning Herald. He went on to produce the comics 'Bunny Allen, the Glamour Girl' and 'The Buccaneer', as well as 'Lone Wolf' for Atlas Publications.

He also drew a lot of covers for Page Publications, where he made the comic 'Skippy', based on the television series. In 1972, Keith Chatto started 'Flame and Ash' for Flame Magazine and a year later 'Randy and Cee Cee' for Fury. In 1977, he took over the Sunday paper version of 'Air Hawk and the Flying Doctors' from John Dixon. Keith was the first Australian artist to illustrate a full-length 'Phantom' story, 'Rumble in the Jungle', which was followed by two more stories, 'Return of the Singh Brotherhood' and 'The Kings Cross Connection'. Other works include 'Twilight Ranger', 'El Lobo' and 'Kane'. Keith Chatto left the comics field to become a cameraman and television film producer, and died in 1992 at the age of 88.

The Phantom, by Keith Chatto

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