Keith Chatto Australia

30 November 1924 in Australia
22 October 1992 in Australia
67 years
Credited as







Also known as

Keith (given name)

Chatto (family name)

Joy Neill (pen name)

KC (pen name)

Ronald Keith Chatto (birth name)


Keith Chatto (1945?-1950?)

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Keith Chatto was born at Kogarah NSW. His father, an accountant for Smith's Weekly, showed his son's art to work colleagues and Jim Russell invited Chatto to attend art classes in Smith's studio. He found work in the art department at Greater Union Theatres and then drew aircraft recognition charts for the the Australian Air Training Corps before enlisting for the second world war.

After returning to civilian life, Chatto had a comic strip, Destiny Scott, published in the in the mid-week children's section of the Sydney Morning Herald, starting 26 June 1946. In 1947 he produced two strips for The Australian Sunbather (Ashworth Publications).

Chatto's first comic stories were for Jim and Dan Russell's All-Australian Comics, The Buccaneer (1947-1948), Bunny Allen, the Glamour Girl (1948). He created The Lone Wolf for Atlas (1949) and Steven Carlisle for Larry Cleland (1954). He worked on The Twilight Ranger (1955) and El Lobo (1957) at Cleveland Press.

From the mid 1950s, he worked on magazine illustrations, record sleeves and pulp novels covers, notably numerous covers for Yaffa/Page comics and magazines from the mid-1960s. He did a comic series based on the Skippy the Bush Kagaroo TV series (1967) for Magazine Management. In 1972, he created the mature 'Flame and Ash' as Joy Neill and ghosted some strips for Air Hawk and the Flying Doctors, before taking over the Sunday strip in mid-1977. He left to become a freelance film producer and cameraman.

The first Australian Phantom story 'Rumble in the Jungle' was drawn by Chatto with scripts by Jim Shepherd (1990). With Shepherd, Chatto drew two more Phantom stories, 'Return of the Singh Brotherhood' (1992) and 'The Kings Cross Connection' (1992).

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Little Beaver (Photo-Type, 1964 series) #15 (August 1965)
Forbidden Treasure (Little Beaver)
Comic: Cover
Tim Tyler's Adventures (Photo-Type, 1964 series) #19 (1965)
Untitled (Tim Tyler)
Comic: Cover
Secret Agent X-9 (Photo-Type, 1964? series) #20 (August 1965)
Untitled (Secret Agent X-9)
Comic: Cover
Beetle Bailey (Yaffa/Page, 1965? series) #19 (August 1965)
Untitled (Beetle Bailey)
Comic: Cover
Mandrake the Magician (Photo-Type, 1963 series) #36 (1965)
Untitled (Mandrake)
Comic: Cover
Rip Kirby Ace Detective (Yaffa/Page, 1964? series) #36 (September 1965)
Untitled (Rip Kirby)
Comic: Cover
Jungle Jim (Yaffa/Page, 1965 series) #18 (September 1965)
Untitled (Jungle Jim)
Comic: Cover
Big Ben Bolt (Photo-Type, 1964 series) #32 (September 1965)
Untitled (Big Ben Bolt)
Comic: Cover
King of the Royal Mounted (Photo-Type, 1965? series) #20 (1965)
Untitled (King of the Royal Mounted)
Comic: Cover
Mandrake the Magician (Photo-Type, 1963 series) #37 (1965)
Untitled (Mandrake)
Comic: Cover



  • 19 Feb 2015

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  • 7 Jan 2018