Thomas Williams (cartoonist)

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Thomas Watson Williams (17 October 1940 8 May 2002), was an English cartoonist.

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Cartoonist visual artist who makes cartoons

A cartoonist is a visual artist who specializes in drawing cartoons. This work is often created for entertainment, political commentary, or advertising. Cartoonists may work in many formats, such as booklets, comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, manuals, gag cartoons, graphic design, illustrations, storyboards, posters, shirts, books, advertisements, greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, and video game packaging.

Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Tom Williams attended art college in Newcastle in the early 1960s. He became an animator for leading British animation studio Halas & Batchelor shortly after leaving college.


Stockton-on-Tees is a market town in County Durham, England. The town has a population of 85,000, with a population of 195,000 in the wider borough, according to 2017 estimates.

In the early 1970s he left the world of cartoon animation & began illustrating in the hugely popular British comics published by Fleetway.

A British comic is a periodical published in the United Kingdom that contains comic strips. It is generally referred to as a comic or a comic magazine, and historically as a comic paper.

Amongst the titles he illustrated were Shiver and Shake , Whizzer and Chips , Cor!! and Monster Fun where he drew one of his most celebrated characters Creature Teacher.

Shiver and Shake was a British comic magazine published every Monday by IPC Magazines Ltd. It ran from 10 March 1973 to 5 October 1974, when it merged with Whoopee! As in the tradition of British comics many names of strips were a play on popular television programmes and films of the time. Similar to Monster Fun later, the theme of the strips were mainly horror. Indeed Frankie Stein appeared in both comics. Borrowing from the successful Whizzer and Chips, it was two comics in one; Shake being a pull-out section from Shiver. The main star of Shiver was a ghost of the same name, whilst Shake was an elephant. Both had their own strips in their respective sections, The Duke's Spook changing to Shiver after its merger. In 1973, the comic also featured a one-page strip starring stand-up comedian Charlie Williams. Other strips in Shiver and Shake included:

<i>Whizzer and Chips</i>

Whizzer and Chips was a British comics magazine that ran from 18 October 1969 to 27 October 1990, when it merged with the comic Buster. As with most comics of the time, Whizzer and Chips was dated one week ahead of the day it actually appeared on newsstands in Great Britain. It had no relation to earlier British comic Illustrated Chips.


Cor!!, a British comic book Was launched in June 1970 by IPC, their sixth new comic in just over a year. Cor!! was edited by Bob Paynter.

Towards the end of the Seventies Williams moved to IPC rivals, D.C. Thomson where he worked on all the famous titles including of course The Beano & The Dandy .

The Beano is the longest running British children's comic magazine, published by DC Thomson. The comic first appeared on 30 July 1938, and was published weekly. In September 2009, The Beano's 3,500th issue was published. One of the best selling comics in British popular culture, along with The Dandy, the weekly circulation of The Beano in April 1950 was 1,974,072. The Beano is currently edited by John Anderson. Each issue is published on a Wednesday, with the issue date being that of the following Saturday. The Beano will strike 4,000 issues in the summer of 2019.

<i>The Dandy</i> British comic book series for children

The Dandy was a British children's comic published by the Dundee based publisher DC Thomson. The first issue was printed in December 1937, making it the world's third-longest running comic, after Il Giornalino and Detective Comics. From August 2007 until October 2010, it was rebranded as Dandy Xtreme.

An extremely versatile & talented cartoonist he was able to copy the styles of many of the regular artists & produce strips for publications like the Beano Annual & the fledgling mini comic books that were emerging at the time.

He was heavily involved in the launch of Nutty where he drew the Peter Pest & Stevie Starr strips.

In a long & varied career he also produced cartoon strips for the British Girl Guide Magazine, many of the UK local & tabloid newspapers & football programmes. He was also often commissioned to produce cartoons for advertising purposes.

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