Can YOU Help Norman Clifford ?
From the Melbourne Sun newspaper, an article by Olivia Jenkins. Please spread far and wide by sharing ...
"The hunt for original aviation comics by an accidental artist has taken flight as his family works to track down a complete collection of the historic illustrations.
"Aeroplane fanatic Norman Clifford had his first comic published in Melbourne with Southdown Press in the 1950s, where they outsold the likes of Marvel and Disney comics.
"Now, Mr Clifford's daughter Vicki Sach, is on a mission to find as many of her father's original comics as she can after they flew off the shelves in Melbourne when they were first published.
"Mrs Sach said the comics were a local hit that sold out in a hurry because her father began drawing them amid the aftermath of WWII as the Korean War was splashed across newspapers' front pages.
" 'His first comic sold out and he even got fan mail for it,' Mrs Sach said. 'The comic was called Sky Demons and it even outstripped the Disney and Marvel titles of the time.
" 'He knew nothing about storyboards ... he made the stories up as he went and my mother did the lettering.'
"Now 93, Mr Clifford said aeroplanes were always the star of his comics as even main characters came in second to aviation design and flight. 'Airplanes featured as much as the cast,' Mr Clifford said.
"Mrs Sach said she needs the public's help to help her and her father locate original copies of his comics as she helps him write his memoir.
" 'It would be wonderful to see his face as he need the pages (of his comics),' she said.
" 'I'm on a mission.' "
Anyone with information, please contact me either by email (email@example.com) or via this webpage page, and I can put you in touch with Vicki.
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
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Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books