Korky the Cat by James Crighton
'Korky the Cat' from 7 November 1959.

James "Jimmy" Crighton was a British comic book artist for DC Thomson, best known for creating The Dandy's 'Korky the Cat'. Born in Dundee, where he also studied at Morgan Academy, he began his career as an apprentice with a firm of architects. By 1913 he joined John Leng's Dundee-based publishing firm of newspapers and magazines.

During World War I, he was with the Royal Engineers and the King's Liverpool's, and was stationed at the Somme and in Ieper (Ypres). Back in civil life, he returned to John Leng and created his first comic characters, 'Billy and Bunny', for The Dundee Advertiser in 1919, and for Fairyland Tales from 1925.

In 1937 Crighton moved over to the offices of D.C. Thomson, who had a controlling interest in John Leng's publishing activities since 1926. Crighton's 'Korky the Cat' debuted in the first issue of The Dandy of December 1937. He continued to draw the feature for the comic book's front cover until his death in 1962, after which he was succeeded by Charles Grigg.

In addition to The Dandy, Jimmy Crighton also drew covers for the Dandy and Beano Annuals between 1943 and 1962. In the 1950s he was also present in The Wizard, The Evening Telegraph and The Topper.

Korky the Cat by Jimmy Crighton
Early Korky the Cat from 1937

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