Ebb and Flo by Paul Sellers
Canadian publication of Eb and Flo

Paul Sellers is a cartoonist, toy maker and puzzle developer from Kent, England. He is the creator of the newspaper strips 'Eb and Flo' and 'Lancelittle' during the 1960s, and of the puzzle feature 'Dingbats'/'Whatzit?' in the 1980s. Syndication of his strips was not limited to British newspapers, as his features also ran in papers from the USA and Canada.

Lancelittle by Paul Sellers

His family comic 'Eb and Flo' started as a daily and Sunday feature in Britain in 1961. It ran in the USA and Canada through United Feature Syndicate from 16 January 1967 through 25 April 1987. He also made the pantomime strip about the knight 'Lancelittle', which ran in US newspapers through the Hall Syndicate from 30 November 1964 through 16 April 1966. Its original British run may have lasted longer. Sellers and Roger Hargreaves also made a newspaper strip based on Hargreaves' educational children's book series 'Mr. Men' and 'Little Miss' (1983-1988).

In 1980, Sellers created 'Dingbats', a word-and-picture puzzler. Players have to discover hidden phrases, names or sayings which are turned around, upside down, sideways or jumbled up. It appeared in local newspapers, after which it was internationally syndicated through the Andrews-McMeel Syndicate. Since then it inspired board games, travel games, books and an iPhone app. It is known as 'Dingbats' in the UK, 'Whatzit?' in North America, 'Katch-its' in Australia, 'Was is' es?' in Germany and '¿Que es?' in Spain.

This is not the same Paul Sellers as the British woodworker of the same name, who was born in 1950.

Eb and Flo by Paul Sellers
Canadian publication of Eb and Flo (25 January 1970)

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