|Author(s)|| Jimmy Bancks (1921–1952)|
Ron Vivian (1953-1973)
James Kemsley (1984-2007)
Jason Chatfield (2007–present)
|Current status/schedule||Current daily & Sunday strip|
|Launch date||13 November 1921|
|Alternate name(s)||Us Fellers|
|Syndicate(s)||Universal Press Syndicate/Universal Uclick/Andrews McMeel Syndication (2004–present)|
Ginger Meggs, Australia's most popular and longest-running comic strip, was created in the early 1920s by Jimmy Bancks. The strip follows the escapades of a red-haired prepubescent mischief-maker who lives in an inner suburban working-class household. While employed at The Bulletin, Bancks submitted cartoons to the Sydney Sunday Sun, where he began his Us Fellers strip in 1921 in the "Sunbeams" section of the Sunday Sun. Ginger first appeared in Us Fellers on 13 November 1921, drawn by Bancks.When Bancks died on 1 July 1952 from a heart attack, Ron Vivian took over the strip (1953-1973), followed by Lloyd Piper (1973-1982), James Kemsley (1983-2007) and since 2007, Jason Chatfield.
Bancks created, wrote, drew and syndicated Ginger Meggs from 1921 until 1952, when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack. The character was based on Bancks's best friend, Charlie Somerville. The latter was a resident of the Sydney suburb of Hornsby, who went on to become a businessman and councillor.After Bancks's death, there was a year's worth of strips to run while another artist was found.
Ron Vivian wrote and drew Ginger Meggs from 1953 until 1973.
Lloyd Piper wrote and drew Ginger Meggs from 1973 until 1983, when he died in a car accident.
James Kemsley wrote, drew and syndicated Ginger Meggs from 1984–2007. On 3 December 2007, Kemsley died at his home in Welby, New South Wales. In the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honour lists, the Australian Government posthumously recognised Kemsley for his efforts with the Medal of the Order of Australia.
Jason Chatfield has written and drawn Ginger Meggs since 2007.
The strip remains the most widely syndicated Australian comic strip today, appearing in over 120 newspapers in 34 countries. In 1997, a park in Valley Road, Hornsby, was officially named Ginger Meggs Park. Bancks had spent much time in the area during his childhood.
In 1985, a postage stamp honouring Ginger or his creator was issued by Australia Post as part of a set of five commemorating children's books.
On 1 July 2011, the Perth Mint, released a commemorative 1oz Silver Australian $1 coin to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Ginger Meggs. The coin features an homage to James C. Bancks' 1945 Sunbeams Annual (Series 22) cover, which featured Ginger Meggs on the back of a kangaroo with his dog, Mike and his pet monkey, Tony. The obverse portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2011 year-date and is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.[ citation needed ] The coin was designed by current Ginger Meggs cartoonist, Jason Chatfield.[ citation needed ]
|Directed by||Jonathan Dawson|
|Produced by||John Saxton|
|Written by||Michael Latimer|
|Starring|| Drew Forsythe |
|Box office||A$990,000 (Australia)|
Ginger Meggs is a 1982 Australian film based on the comic strip, starring Garry McDonald and Drew Forsythe.
The film was criticised for including rock songs on the soundtrack.
Ginger Meggs was also adapted into a stage musical which has been running since the early 1990s, distributed by David Spicer Productions.
Hornsby is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the Australian state of New South Wales 19 kilometres (12 mi) north-west of the Sydney central business district. It is the administrative centre of the local government area of Hornsby Shire.
Blinky Bill is an anthropomorphic koala and children's fictional character created by author and illustrator Dorothy Wall. The character of Blinky first appeared in Brooke Nicholls' 1933 book, Jacko – the Broadcasting Kookaburra, which was illustrated by Wall. Wall then featured Blinky Bill in a series of her own books, including Blinky Bill: The Quaint Little Australian, Blinky Bill Grows Up, and Blinky Bill and Nutsy. The books are considered quintessential Australian children's classics, and have never been out of print in Australia.
James Charles Bancks was an Australian cartoonist best known for his comic strip Ginger Meggs.
Ron Vivian was an Australian cartoonist who is perhaps best known as having drawn Ginger Meggs after the original creator, Jimmy Bancks died in 1952.
Lloyd Piper was an Australian cartoonist and art teacher, best known as the third artist to take on the iconic Australian comic strip, Ginger Meggs, which he drew from 1973 until his death in 1983.
James Lawrence Kemsley OAM was an Australian cartoonist who was notable for producing the comic strip Ginger Meggs between 1984 and 2007.
The Australian Cartoonists' Association is the Australian professional cartoonists' organisation and was established on 17 July 1924 as the Society of Australian Black and White Artists.
The following lists events that happened during 1921 in Australia.
Australian comics have been published since 1908 and Australian comics creators have gone to produce influential work in the global comics industry,
Ginger was a British comic strip series, introduced in the first issue of The Beezer in 1956. The character was the magazine's cover star until 1961, after which Pop, Dick and Harry took over the cover for a few years afterwards, but Ginger returned to the front cover in 1964.
Jason Chatfield is an Australian cartoonist and stand-up comedian, based in New York City. At 23 he became Australia's most widely syndicated cartoonist, appearing daily in over 120 newspapers in 34 countries. His art spans the disciplines of comic strip, gag cartoon, editorial cartoon, book illustration, caricature and commercial art. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, [Variety, Airmail, WIRED, The Weekly Humorist, and Mad magazine. At 26 he was elected president of the Australian Cartoonists' Association, and he currently serves as the 36th President of the National Cartoonists Society. He is the youngest person to hold both positions since the organizations began.
The Kid Stakes is a 1927 Australian silent black and white comedy film written and directed by Tal Ordell.
Kenneth Albert Emerson was an Australian cartoonist and comic strip creator. He is best known for writing the comic strips The Warrumbunglers and On The Rocks. Emerson was the son-in-law of cartoonist Eric Jolliffe.
Sydney 'Syd' Wentworth Nicholls was an Australian cartoonist and commercial artist, best known for the long-running comic strip Fatty Finn.
Fatty Finn, was a popular long-run Australian comic strip series, created in 1923 by Syd Nicholls. It ran in syndication until the creator's death in 1977.
The Super Flying Fun Show was a live weekday morning television programme aimed at children. It was made at TCN 9 in Sydney, Australia, and shown on relay in Melbourne on GTV 9.
Michael James Latimer was a British television stage and film actor who later in his career turned to writing, directing and producing.
Lafave Newspaper Features was a syndication service that operated from 1931 to 1963. It was founded by Cleveland businessman Arthur J. Lafave and specialized in comic strips and gag cartoons. It is most well known for syndicating Clifford McBride's Napoleon and Uncle Elby. The syndicate also distributed Louise Davis' column Today's Etiquette.
Editors Press Service (EPS) was a print syndication service of columns and comic strips that was in operation from 1933 to 2010. It was notable for being the first U.S. company to actively syndicate material internationally. Despite surviving for more than seven decades, EPS was never a large operation, characterized by comic strip historian Allan Holtz as a "hole-in-the-wall outfit."