British comic book artist Bill Titcombe started illustrating children’s comics in the late 1950s. He created ‘Buster’, the son of Reg Smythe’s ‘Andy Capp’, and drew the title comic of the character’s own comic book before Hugh McNeill took over in the 1960s. He is best known for his versatile contributions to TV Comic throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Titcombe drew not only ‘TV Terrors’, but also a great many comic strips based on TV shows, including British programs and personalities, such as ‘Bootsie and Snudge’, ‘The Dickie Henderson Family’, ‘The Telegoons’ and ‘Dad’s Army’. He also drew comics about American animated film characters such as ‘Bugs Bunny’, ‘Barney Bear’ and Hanna-Barbera’s ‘Tom and Jerry’. In 1966 he also made a comic strip about the mascot for the World Championship Associated Football, ‘World Cup Willie’.
Furthermore, Titcombe drew for the ‘Mary, Mungo and Midge’ annuals in 1969 and 1970. He drew Hanna-Barbera’s ‘Scooby-Doo’, ‘Benny Hill’, Walter Lantz’ ‘Woody Woodpecker’ and Bruno Bianchi’s ‘Inspector Gadget’ comic strips for Look-in from 1986 until the early 1990s as well as a ‘Wind in the Willows’ comic for Pippin in 1983-86. In the 1990s he drew ‘Roy of the Rovers’ (originally created by Frank S. Pepper and Joe Coluhoun) for a while in The Sunday Squad, as well as ‘Perils of Page 3 Pauline’ in News of the World and ‘TV Centre’ in Fast Forward. Bill Titcombe also illustrated ‘Tat the Cat’, a novel series and comic strip created by his wife, Audrey Titcombe.