Monty Wedd was born in New South Wales, Australia at the beginning of the twentieth century. He left school during the Depression and started working at a printing company. After half a year, he was employed as an artist by a furniture manufacturer. In the second World War, he served in the army. After his discharge, he studied art and sold his first comics to Syd Nicholls, including titles such as 'Bert and Ned' and 'Captain Justice'. For Elmsdale Publications he produced 'Tod Trail' and 'Kirk Raven', and in 1954 he came up with his best known creation, 'The Scorpion', which was an immediate bestseller.
Wedd did a series of the comic 'Captain Justice' for Calvert Publishing, drew for Stamp News and became associated with The Australian Children's Newspaper, for which he drew various short adventure comics. In 1963, he turned to animation, working for Artransa and Eric Porter on series such as 'Marco Polo vs. The Red Dragon', 'Charlie Chan', 'The Lone Ranger', 'Rocket Robin Hood' and 'Super Friends'. Monty Wedd drew the 'Ned Kelly' newspaper strip for 146 weeks in the mid 1970s, and subsequently drew other historical features called 'Bold Ben Hall' and 'The Making of a Nation', about the history of Australia.
From: Fatty Finn's Comic
Monty Wedd passed away in 2012. The Australian publisher Comicoz reprinted the complete 'Ned Kelly' strips in a deluxe volume in 2014.Wedd's style was inspired by Syd Nicholls, using Australian landscapes to depict boys' adventures full of historical authenticity.