Robert Thomas Nixon
1939 - 2002
Robert (Bob) was born in Middlesbrough, UK in 1939. His artistic skills were recognised by his school teachers when he was seven years old. He won several art competitions and a scholarship to Middlesbrough Art College in 1955 when he was sixteen. In 1965 Robert left his job as a lithographic artist to pursue his career as a full-time cartoonist, initially for DC Thomson's of Dundee. At this time he and his wife Rita moved to Guisborough in Cleveland where they raised their four children - Paul, Tony, Wendy and Catherine.
Between 1965 and 2002 Bob drew comic artwork for DC Thomson’s and for Fleetway Publishers. He also drew cartoon strips for newspapers, illustrations for greetings cards, joke books and company logos etc. Bob is best known for his work in the Dandy, the Beano, Whoopee, Monster Fun, and Shiver & Shake comics, 'ghosting' (and often re-inventing) many popular comic characters such as Lord Snooty, Roger the Dodger, Korky the Cat, Frankie Stein, and bringing to life his own creations including Kid Kong, Gums, King Arthur and his Frights of the Round Table and Ivy the Terrible.
Bob enjoyed drawing and painting for his own pleasure using a variety of media including pastels, oils, watercolours, inks, and pencils. Sadly Bob died suddenly at his home in Guisborough on October 22nd 2002 and is greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues and comic enthusiasts alike.
D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Fleetway Publications / IPC Magazines
Noel Tatt Ltd.
Octopus Publishing Group
The Sun Newspaper
The Middlesbrough Evening Gazette
Links to online biographies
In the News & Interviews
No Boundaries Exhibition at Kirkleatham Hall Museum, Redcar, Cleveland, UK
'Meet Mr Beano' - Interview by Sheila Whitton for the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette
'Bob brings to life our cartoon favourites' - Interview for the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette
'Well ain't that dandy' - Interview for the Cleveland Clarion
'Beryl the Peril hits town' - Interview for the Daily Mirror North East Extra
Interview by Erik Brown for the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette
Interview by Alan Clark for 'Golden Fun'
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