Arthur's private funeral is being held this afternoon, and yet another link to Australia's colourful past in the world of comics has passed. Condolences to Arthur's family in their time of sorrow.
Arthur Mather was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1926. His began his working career as a printer's apprentice, in the meantime studying art briefly at Melbourne Technical College. Mather worked his way to the position of sporting cartoonist for the Melbourne Truth. In 1947, he was recruited by Atlas Publications to draw Captain Atom at a starting salary of ten pounds per week. Between 1950 and 1951 his adventure strips Sky Pirates and Danger in the Dead Heart were published as weeklies in the Age. Mather went on to also write and draw a long sequence of the Flynn of the FBI comic book for Atlas Publications. Eventually he took over drawing Atlas’ Sergeant Pat of the Radio Patrol.
Following the demise of the local comic book industry Arthur worked in television and publishing. He went on to make a substantial career in advertising, eventually holding a senior position with the George Patterson Advertising Agency. Arthur’s first novel, “The Pawn”, was published in 1975, and he went on to publish a further seven books. Summing-up Arthur Mather’s appearances in locally created comic books, his strips appeared in more than one hundred and thirty comics. Arthur Mather died in 2017.