Phil Collins (not to be confused with the famous drummer/singer) was a Canadian illustrator and comic strip artist, known in comics circles for his newspaper strip 'Leonardo' (1976-1977).

Life and career
James Phillip Collins was born in Toronto in 1931, and attended Western Technical School. He has pursued several creative disciplines throughout his life. As a young man, he was a member of The Three Reeds, a harmonica trio. Their musical comedy act played in many venues in the UK. Returning to Ontario, he worked as a commercial and advertising artist, but also delved in painting. He exhibited and sold his paintings in galleries throughout Ontario.

He wrote and drew a comic strip called 'Leonardo', which ran in the Toronto Star and the Montreal Star. It was also syndicated through the Washington-based Artists and Writers Syndicate from 26 July 1976 until 19 March 1977. Also known as 'Leonardo featuring His Grace', it had highly stylized and almost cubist drawings and was set during the Renaissance. For his gags, Collins took inspiration from the cultural and social topics of the 1970s, and translated them into a historical setting. Despite the interesting artwork, the strip didn't even last a year, and Collins disappeared from the scene as quickly as he came around.

Phil Collins later worked as a writer of science fiction and children's books, and was a keen snooker player and amateur keyboard player. He passed away at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in April 2018.

Series and books by Phil Collins you can order today:


If you want to help us continue and improve our ever- expanding database, we would appreciate your donation through Paypal.