1913 - 1986

Writing as: Hal English

According to Lambiek Comicopedia: "Hal English was born in New South Wales, Australia. To support his family, he went out to work at a young age, trying his hand at jobs like wool pressing and fishing. He became a self-taught artist, making illustrations and comics, most of them published by Offset Publishing. He worked together with Will Donald on many titles.

Some of the series he worked on are 'The Man in the Scarlet Mask', 'Special Agent's Revenge', 'Red Steele', 'Sabotage' and 'Cobra Woman'. His style was realistic, experimenting with charcoal and grease paint to heighten the dramatic effect. English also worked in animation with Monty Wedd."

According to "Born as one of five brothers in north-west NSW, English left school aged eleven to help support his family. He did a variety of rural jobs, including working on sheep stations, as a wool presser and on a fishing trawler. Although a self-taught artist, he eventually moved into commercial art, working for printing houses and advertising agencies.

In 1939, English provided illustrations for a series of reflective text pieces by Burton Reynolds in The Sun (Associated Newspapers).

He participated in the 1940s Australian comic boom, collaborating with Will Donald on many issues for OPC (1944-1946). He produced three Carl Dane comics for Cane Publications (~1946), and later Clancy of the Overflow (1956-1957) and Silhouette western, war and romance stories (~1955-60) for Cleveland. In 1983, he provided art for Richard Rae's Super Hero Book.

From 1953, English illustrated a series of soft cover children's books for Jons Productions Pty. Ltd. (Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate, 19 October 1953)

English also drew illustrations for the Australian Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day. He produced an wide range of commercial artwork, including sports cartoons, pin-ups, TV story boards, science fiction, horror and fantasy. He worked in animation with Monty Wedd and illustrated a number of Little Golden Books for children in the early 1970s, focused on Aboriginal stories.

English also painted watercolours and oils of outback landscapes, with some used for Dalgety calendars."

Series Books
'Red' Steele [creator]