Syd Chaplin, by Freddie Crompton 1916

Freddie Crompton was one of the early British comic artists, and one of the leading artists for Amalgamted Press nursery comics from 1915. When the Hollywood comedy films became increasingly popular in Britain, many comic magazines started to carry comics featuring these "stars of the screen". Bertie Brown drew 'Charlie Chaplin' for The Funny Wonder. Freddie Crompton drew its competitor, 'Syd Chaplin' (elder brother of Charlie) for magazine The Firefly in 1916.

Syd Chaplin, by Freddie Crompton 1916

Freddie Crompton also drew 'Gilbert the Filbert' (also for The Firefly), 'Harry Coe', 'Len Little and Harry Long' (in The Jolly Jester), 'Sleepy Sidney' and 'Camouflage Claude' in Merry & Bright. He created the strip 'Marmaduke and His Ma' for Funny Wonder in 1922, which was eventually continued as 'Marmy and His Ma' for many years by Wally Robertson. In the 1920s, Crompton was present in Bubbles ('Bubbles the Boy Clown'), The Children's Fairy ('Georgie Porgie'), Little Sparks ('Arthur the Artist') and Lot-O-Fun ('Chu, Chin and his Chow').

Tiny and Tot, by Freddie Crompton 1937

He was a longtime artist for publications like Rainbow, Tiger Tim's Weekly and Playbox. One of his best known features was 'The Brownie Boys' for The Rainbow. Other creations include 'The Bumpty Boys', 'The Woolly Boys' and 'Tiny and Tot'. The latter originally started in magazine Chick's Own, and got its own magazine, Tiny Tots, in 1927. In later years, Crompton drew for My Favourite ('Cheery Charlie') and Sunbeam ('Cheery Charlie'). He was active in nursery comics until the 1950s and also drew for Film Fun during World War II.

Tiny and Tot, by Freddie Crompton 1937

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