|Happy Birthday Pete!|
Here is what Pete wrote about his Dad's cards, sent each year on his birthday:
"Mike worked very hard to stick to his weekly deadlines drawing comic strips so I'm amazed and very grateful that he always found time to produce cards for all the family's birthdays and other annual events. The following are precious treasures of mine indeed!"
"Dedicated to Steve Holland [who provided me with the invaluable dates of when such-and such a strip was drawn], Rufus Dayglo [super comic strip artist in his own right] and David McDonald [who is just about to publish a collection of my Dad's strip "Baker's Half Dozen"] - thanks for keeping Mike's name alive, you guys."
Mike Western's work will be instantly recognisable to anyone from the UK in their forties. He drew comics such as Valiant, Battle Picture Weekly (one of my favourites as a kid) where he drew "Darkie's Mob" and "HMS Nightshade", as well as "The Sarge" and Tully's "The Team That Went to War". He drew two covers for 2000 AD as well as tons of other stuff.
Happy Birthday Pete!