BARRY APPLEBY (30 August 1909 – 11 March 1996) was a British cartoonist famous for creating The Gambols for the Daily Express. The strip premiered on 16 March 1950. The script was written by his wife Dobs, and was based on their own lives.
Appleby’s father, E J. Appleby, was in the 1940s the editor of Autocar, a leading British motor magazine, and one to which Appleby himself contributed his first illustration in 1931. Later Appleby also wrote for the magazine edited by his father, using the alias “Helix”.

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  1. Michael Hill says:

    The Gambols strip was said to be so true to life that they got angry letters from people who had thought the Applebys were spying on them and making comic strips based on their misfortunes. It was always a great strip.


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