The Whiskers by Cyril Price
The Whiskers in Teleland (1956)

Cyril Gwyn Price was a Welsh cartoonist, who also worked under the pen names Gwynne, Kim and Spike. Born in 1905 in Pontypridd, Glamorganshire, he left school at age 14 and worked as a miner for ten years. He then settled in Bristol, where he became a sports cartoonist for the Bristol Evening World from 1932 to 1935. He also created some comic strips for the paper, such as 'Junior and Happy' and especially 'Montie the Monster' (1934), about the (Scottish) Loch Ness Monster. He later got the opportunity to draw for the comic papers of the Amalgamated Press, such as Illustrated Chips ('Private Potts', 1934), Comic Cuts ('Tomato Kahn' (1935), 'PC Penny' (1938-1944), 'Dizzy'(1939-1953), 'Big-Hearted Martha' (1939-1951), The Joker ('Bert and Daisy', 1937), Jolly Comic ('Al and his Pal', 1938) and Butterfly ('Spotsem and Getsem', 1939-1940) throughout the rest of the 1930s.

Montie the Monster by Cyril Price
Montie the Monster (1934)

During World War II, Price's comics career was briefly interrupted, but he took up the pencil again by creating 'The Whiskers' (1948-1952) for The Daily Graphic. Published under the pseudonym "Gwynne", it featured the adventures of a group of forest animals, namely Whisk the squirrel, Hank the rabbit, Mr. Owl and Toddles the tortoise. When the Daily Graphic was bought by a new newspaper owner in 1952 the paper changed its name to The Daily Sketch and 'The Whiskers' was removed from its pages. Price did receive a spot for a new pantomime gag comic, 'Harry' (1953), which he published under the pseudonym "Kim". Nevertheless, the same year he became a contributor to TV Comic for five years, where he added "Spike" to his list of pen names. 'The Whiskers' returned there under the title 'The Whiskers in TV Land', while Price also made large detailed cartoons called 'I.T. Antics' until 1957.

Harry by Cyril Gwynn Price
Harry (1953)

Since TV Comic featured so many comics based on TV shows Price couldn't stay behind. He made two comics about TV clown Coco (Nicolai Poliakoff) and Richard Hearne's comedic character Mr. Pastry. The latter comic even received a spin-off, 'Jane', revolving around Mr. Pastry's Scottish terrier. As Spike, he drew the gag comic 'T.V. Tim', about a little boy and his faithful spaniel Cathode. The gags begin with Tim seeing something on the television, after which he tries it out himself, ending in disaster. He furthermore made a series of beautiful cartoon animal illustrations in the tradition of Roy Wilson.

TV Tim by Spike
T.V. Tim

In 1959 Price joined Playhour, where he briefly drew a pantomime comic called 'Baby Brother', about a little boy and his dog. He had a brief TV series called 'Funnyways Farm' in 1963 in conjunction with Small Films (Oliver Postgate). His final comic strip was 'Tricky Dicky' (1970-1973), a gag comic about a young boy who was rather lazy than tired. To avoid working he thought up seemingly clever plans, yet always got the lid on his own nose. After Price passed away in 1970 from a heart attack in Bromley, Kent, the comic was continued by other artists. 'Tricky Dicky' should not be confused with the similarly titled gag comic by John Dallas which ran in The Topper in 1977.

I.T.Antics by Cyril Price

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