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Monday, 16 June 2008

In Memoriam: "Hot Shot Hamish" writer Fred Baker

Comics writer and editor Barrie Tomlinson has been in touch with sad news that prolific British comic script writer Fred Baker died earlier this month.

He had been ill for some time with Alzheimer's and died of pneumonia on 4 June.

"He was one of the most prolific writers we had on the comics," Barrie recalls. "No matter how many scripts he was writing, the standard was always top class. "

Hot Shot Hamish's first appearance, in the 25th August 1973 issue of ScorcherHe wrote some of the great classic stories that appeared in Tiger and Roy of the Rovers: Billy's Boots, Hot-Shot Hamish (which has recently been appearing in Scotland's The Sunday Mail), Mighty Mouse, Skid Solo and more.

"He really was one of the giants of boys' scriptwriters, says Barrie.

As Steve Holland noted just a few days ago on Bear Alley, Hot-Shot Hamish remains one of British comics' hidden gems, written by Fred and drawn by Julio Schiaffino for Scorcher & Score, and subsequently for Tiger, back in the early 1970s; Hot-Shot then teamed up with Mighty Mouse from Roy of the Rovers (wiki entry here), in which title the pair's adventures continued until 1991.

Read Barrie's full tribute to Fred on the main downthetubes web site

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