'Zigimar - Master Spy' (Hotspur #376).

Terry Patrick was a British artist of mainly war and adventure comics. He began his career working for Scion and the Amalgamated Press, and then became a regular artist for the story papers published by DC Thomson. From the 1950s throughout the 1980s, DC assigned him to draw a great many features, starring ace crime fighters ('Red Star Robinson', 'Zigimar-Master Spy', 'The Black Sapper'), sturdy robots ('Klanky', 'The Smasher') and renegade war heroes ('Killer Kane'). He was especially praised for his detailed drawings of machines, weaponry and the animal kingdom.

Early life and career
He was born in 1929 as Terence Patrick in Ilford, Essex. One of his childhood friends was Ron Embleton, with whom he shared an interest in art. Patrick initially worked in a power station as an engineer, but by 1950 both he and Embleton participated in a competition organized by the Scottish publishing company DC Thomson & Co. This much to the dislike of his father, who foresaw "that he'll only end up drawing on pavements!" Nevertheless, Patrick, Embleton and Kenneth Hunter came out as the contest's winners, and the three remained lifelong friends. Patrick set up a small studio in his parents' house with Embleton and Jim Bleach, where they began their careers working for the London-based publishing label Scion. Terry Patrick illustrated Scion's one-shot historical comic book 'The Sea Devil' (1952). He was subsequently working for the Amalgamated Press, drawing 'The Great Invasion Mystery' for Lion (1955) and 'Rick Random and the Mystery of the Milky Way' for the Super Detective Library (1957).


'The Queen's Highway' (The Beano #944, 1960).

DC Thomson
From 1959 on Terry Patrick worked almost exclusively for DC Thomson. The publisher assigned him to draw several features in its comics magazines (or "story papers" as the British tend to call them), most of which were originally created by other authors. Even though he can be considered as one of DC's many "artists for hire", Patrick's run on his series is generally well remembered by fans. Especially the detailed machinery in his war and sci-fi features, as well as the flora and fauna in his adventure work, have left a lasting impression. One of his earliest jobs was 'Thunder Gunn', a text story serial about the Frontier Scouts in North America, published in The Topper in 1959. He was then present in The Beano with serials like 'The Queen's Highway' (1960), 'The Ting-A-Ling Taylors' (1960-1961), 'The Danger Bus' (1963-1964) and 'Deep-Sea Danny's Iron Fish' (1964). For The Beezer, he made a feature called 'Round The World With The Bushwhacker' (1960-1961), about Slim Silver and his two younger siblings, Tess and Bob, who travelled the Australian bush in their futuristic yacht. The same characters returned the following year in 'The Spacewhacker' (1962-1964), featuring an even more elaborate vehicle, which brings the family to the Purple Planet.


'Bushboy' (The Sparky #346, 1970).

In 1965 he succeeded Jim Bleach as the artist of 'Zigimar-Master Spy' (1965-1967), about "Britain's ace secret agent in World War I". Patrick drew four serials for Hotspur until 1967. For that same paper, he was one of the artists for the school boy crime fighter Tom Robinson, a.k.a. 'Red Star Robinson', in the period 1969-1973. Another artist for that feature was Ron Smith. Patrick furthermore drew new adventures of 'The Black Sapper' (1971-1972), a former criminal turned crimefighter who makes use of a marvellous drilling machine called The Worm. The original series appeared in The Beezer, drawn by Jack Glass, but Patrick continued it in The Hotspur until Keith Shone took over. In 1969 Terry Patrick was present in The Sparky, with new Earth adventures of the robot detective from Planet J, 'Klanky' (1969), a feature created originally by Bob Webster. He additionally succeeded Andy Tew on the jungle adventures of 'Bushboy' (1971).


'The Smasher' (Bullet #61).

Moving into the 1970s, Terry Patrick was present in DC Thomson's The Topper with 'The Deadly Dwarf of Drayton's Circus' (1975). He later turned up in Warlord with stories of 'Killer Kane', a feature created by Colin Andrews about a mysterious RAF Squadron Leader who fights his own guerilla battle against the Germans during World War II. In alternation with Ian Kennedy, he made episodes of 'The Smasher' (1977-1978), a gigantic metal monster created by a certain Doctor Doom to conquer the world. Their run ran in Bullet, while the original series was drawn by Frederick Philpotts and Anthony Coleman in The Victor. Patrick and Kennedy were also among the artists of the futuristic space opera 'Starhawk' (1979-1980) in The Crunch and Spike. Other artists for that feature were Isidre Monés and Mike White.


'Ground Strike!' (Commando #2518).

During the 1970s and 1980s, Terry Patrick furthermore drew many war-related stories for 'Commando'. In alternation with Gordon Livingstone, he illustrated the educational centre spread feature 'The Falklands File' (1982-1983), which covered the 1982 Falklands conflict between Britain and Argentina in Warlord. By 1991 Patrick developed Alzheimer's Disease and was forced to retire. He passed away in Dundee in 1996.


Terry Patrick working in his studio.

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