Jeff Wilkinson Australia

Born
9 October 1924 in United Kingdom
Died
20 June 2007 in United Kingdom
Age
82 years
Credited for

writing

art

letters

Also known as

Jeffrey Wilkinson

Wilkie (pen name)

Wilko (pen name)

Wilky (pen name)

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Biography

Wilkinson received a scholarship to study art at Wakefields College in Leeds UK, but left in 1941 before completing to join the navy. Toward the end of the second world war, the aircraft carrier he served on, HMS Illustrious, was damaged and repaired in Australia. Wilkinson decided to settle in Sydney and transferred to the Royal Australian Navy.

While his application was being processed, Wilkinson visited H. John Edwards and was invited to pitch ideas. His first published work was government agent 'Dusty Malone', a backup in Tim Valour Comic (probably #7, 1948). This was followed by humour strips for Meteor Publications' Radio Comics (as 'Wilky', ~1949) and KG Murray's reprint comics (as 'Wilkie' and 'Wilko', mid-1949). He is listed as assistant art editor for Meteor's Radio Comic Annual (1949), which reprinted material from earlier issues.

Wilkinson also did freelance illustrations for advertising agencies.

In 1949, Wilkinson proposed the concept for The Phantom Ranger to Frew Publications. The series launched in October as the company's first locally drawn comic and its popularity prompted Frew to publish more Australian comics. Wilkinson created 19 issues before Peter Chapman took over.

In early 1950, Wilkinson worked with Pyramid Publications, drawing 'Secret Agent Michael Chance' in A Pyramid Comic #28 (and possibly other issues). He continued to work on the feature in Pyramid's spin-off Secret Agent Michael Chance, until Jet Fury took over the series, as well as drawing the back up feature 'Nick Perry'.

He is reported to have drawn local episodes of the main feature in Pyramid's Black X, which was predominantly reprints of Will Eisner's 'Espionage Starring Black X' from Quality's Feature Comics and Smash Comics. He also worked on backup features 'Rex Clark, Private Detective' and 'Larry Kurtis'.

In May 1950, Frew released the first issue of The Shadow created by Wilkinson. He wrote and drew 12 issues, before again handing over to Peter Chapman. Continuing to work with Frew, Wilkinson created the short-run series Planetman in ~1953 and Kid Champion in ~1954.

Around this time, he created Jetman & His Robot Temp for Transport (~1953).

In the mid-1950s, Wilkinson returned to H. John Edwards and took over from Royce Bradford the series Gimlet, adapted from stories by the creator of Biggles—another title being licensed by Edwards at that time. He also worked on issues of Edwards' Convicted Comics (~1957), some of the final episodes of The Adventures of Biggles (around ~1958), and at least one story in Treasure Trove #15 (~1960).

Among Wilkinson's last Australian comics work is various issues of Cleveland's pocket-size Silhouette cowboy, war and romance libraries, which began ~1956 and continued until the early 1960s.

After the end of the Australian comics boom, Wilkinson worked in various jobs outside the industry. In the early 1980s, he went temporarily to the UK and stayed to work for comics publisher IPC until 1987 and then DC Thomson. His specific work for those companies is not known.

Wilkinson continued working as an illustrator and taught adult art education classes until he retired in 2004.

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Radio Comic (Meteor, 1947 series) #5 (April 1948)
Untitled
Comic: Cover
Radio Comic (Meteor, 1947 series) #7 (June 1948)
The Bank Robbery
Comic: Cover
Tim Valour Comic (Leisure Productions, 1948 series) #7 (November 1948)
Untitled (Dusty Malone)
Comic: Comic story
Superman Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #23 (April 1949)
Untitled (Looie)
Comic: Comic story
Superman Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #24 (May 1949)
Untitled (Harry Screwball)
Comic: Comic story
Taxi O'Hara Comics (Colour Comics, c1949 series) #4 (1949)
Untitled (Happy)
Comic: Comic story
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #5 (June 1949)
Untitled (Looie)
Comic: Comic story
Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy (Color Comics, 1949 series) #5 (June 1949)
Untitled (Barny)
Comic: Comic story
Captain Triumph Comics (Color Comics, 1949 series) #15 (June 1949)
Untitled (Harry Screwball)
Comic: Comic story
A Pyramid Comic (Pyramid, 1946 series) #PC28 (August 1949)
The Hidden Valley Mystery (Secret Agent Michael Chance)
Comic: Comic story
Superman Color Comics (Colour Comics, 1949 series) #28 (September 1949)
Untitled (Harry Screwball)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #1 (October 1949)
Enter the Phantom Ranger (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #1 (October 1949)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #2 (November 1949)
The Great Payroll Robbery (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #2 (November 1949)
The Great Payroll Robbery (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #3 (December 1949)
The Hidden Valley Rustlers (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #3 (December 1949)
The Hidden Valley Rustlers (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
Radio Comic Annual (Meteor, 1949) (1949)
Untitled (Bob Dyer's Dude Ranch)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #4 (January 1950)
The Lost Goldmine (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #4 (January 1950)
The Lost Goldmine (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
Secret Agent Michael Chance (Pyramid, 1950? series) #1 (1950)
[Unknown] (Secret Agent Michael Chance)
Comic: Comic story
Billy the Kid Western Comic (New Century, 1949 series) #9 (February 1950)
Untitled (Billy the Kid)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #5 (February 1950)
No title recorded (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #5 (February 1950)
Unknown (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #6 (March 1950)
The Crooked Bank Manager (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #6 (March 1950)
The Crooked Bank Manager (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #7 (April 1950)
The Gambler's Revenge (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #7 (April 1950)
The Gambler's Revenge (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
Secret Agent Michael Chance (Pyramid, 1950? series) #4 (April 1950)
The Missing Diplomat (Secret Agent Michael Chance)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #8 (May 1950)
Untitled (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #8 (May 1950)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #1 (May 1950)
Enter "The Shadow" (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #1 (May 1950)
Untitled [Enter "The Shadow"] (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom (Frew, 1948 series) #23 (June 1950)
Enter "The Shadow"
Comic: Promo
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #9 (June 1950)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #2 (June 1950)
Untitled (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #9 (June 1950)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #2 (June 1950)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
Secret Agent Michael Chance (Pyramid, 1950? series) #6 (June 1950)
Secret Agent Michael Chance and the Case of the Contraband King (Secret Agent Michael Chance)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #10 (July 1950)
Untitled [Rescue from the Gallows] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #3 (July 1950)
Untitled (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #10 (July 1950)
Untitled [Rescue from the Gallows] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #3 (July 1950)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #11 (August 1950)
The Sheep Killers (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #11 (August 1950)
Untitled [The Sheep Killers] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
Secret Agent Michael Chance (Pyramid, 1950? series) #8 (August 1950)
The Jade Talisman Mystery (Secret Agent Michael Chance)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #4 (August 1950)
The Jewel Smugglers (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #4 (August 1950)
Untitled [The Jewel Smugglers]
Comic: Comic story
Secret Agent Michael Chance (Pyramid, 1950? series) #8 (August 1950)
Untitled [The Jade Talisman Mystery] (Secret Agent Michael Chance)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #12 (September 1950)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #5 (September 1950)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #12 (September 1950)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #5 (September 1950)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #13 (October 1950)
Unknown (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #6 (October 1950)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Frew, 1949 series) #13 (October 1950)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #6 (October 1950)
Unknown (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #14 (November 1950)
Untitled [The Ghost Riders] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #14 (November 1950)
The Ghost Riders (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #7 (November 1950)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #7 (November 1950)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #15 (December 1950)
Untitled (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #15 (December 1950)
Phantom Ranger Deputies (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #8 (December 1950)
Untitled [Mission to Berlin] (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #8 (December 1950)
Untitled [Mission to Berlin] (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #16 (January 1951)
The Horse Thieves (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #16 (January 1951)
The Horse Thieves (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #9 (January 1951)
Untitled [The Shadow Versus Mr. Midnight!] (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
Secret Agent Michael Chance (Pyramid, 1950? series) #13 (January 1951)
Untitled (Secret Agent Michael Chance)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #9 (January 1951)
Untitled (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #17 (February 1951)
Oil (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #17 (February 1951)
Oil (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #10 (February 1951)
Secret of the Nile (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #10 (February 1951)
Secret of the Nile (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #18 (March 1951)
The Railroad Wreckers (Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #18 (March 1951)
The Railroad Wreckers (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #11 (March 1951)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #11 (March 1951)
[Unknown] (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #19 (April 1951)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Cover
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #12 (Apil 1951)
Wheels of Death (The Shadow)
Comic: Cover
The Phantom Ranger (Western Promotions, 1950 series) #19 (April 1951)
[Unknown] (The Phantom Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
The Shadow (Frew, 1950 series) #12 (Apil 1951)
Untitled [Wheels of Death] (The Shadow)
Comic: Comic story
Planetman (Frew, 1953 series) #1 (1953)
Untitled (Planetman)
Comic: Cover
Planetman (Frew, 1953 series) #2 (August 1953)
No title recorded
Comic: Cover
Planetman (Frew, 1953 series) #3 (February 1954)
No title recorded
Comic: Cover
Yarmak Jungle King Comic (Youngs, 1949 series) #54 (April 1954)
Yarmak and the Leopard King (Yarmak Jungle King)
Comic: Cover
Planetman (Frew, 1953 series) #4 (August 1954)
No title recorded
Comic: Cover
Jetman the Space Ranger & His Robot Tempo (Transport, 1953? series) #1 (1953)
Untitled (Jetman)
Comic: Cover
Kid Champion (Frew, 1954 series) #1 (1954)
No title recorded
Comic: Cover
Kid Champion (Frew, 1954 series) #2 (October 1954)
No title recorded
Comic: Cover
Jetman the Space Ranger & His Robot Tempo (Transport, 1953? series) #2 (October 1954)
No title recorded
Comic: Cover
Jetman the Space Ranger & His Robot Tempo (Transport, 1953? series) #3 (1954)
The Black Menace (Jetman)
Comic: Cover
Jetman the Space Ranger & His Robot Tempo (Transport, 1953? series) #3 (1954)
The Black Menace (Jetman the Space Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
Jetman the Space Ranger & His Robot Tempo (Transport, 1953? series) #3 (1954)
The Pirates of Perro Verde (Jetman the Space Ranger)
Comic: Comic story
Kid Champion (Frew, 1954 series) #3 (1954)
No title recorded
Comic: Cover
Jetman the Space Ranger & His Robot Tempo (Transport, 1953? series) #4 (December 1954)
The Three Fingered Death! (Jetman the Space Ranger)
Comic: Cover
Jetman the Space Ranger & His Robot Tempo (Transport, 1953? series) #5 (January 1955)
Untitled (Jetman the Space Ranger)
Comic: Cover
Planetman (Frew, 1953 series) #5 (February 1955)
No title recorded
Comic: Cover
The Silver Kid (Calvert, 1957? series) #1 (1957)
Untitled (The Silver Kid)
Comic: Cover
The Silver Kid (Calvert, 1957? series) #1 (1957)
Untitled (The Silver Kid)
Comic: Comic story

Status

Created

  • 30 Jun 2018

Last updated

  • 1 Jul 2018