Robert MacGillivray

Robert MacGillivray (1913 – 1986) was the artist on only one ongoing Jinty story, though his art also appeared in a number of annuals (often in reprints from other older titles such as June), and so he was more familiar to the Jinty reader than other artists who did only a single strip or two. He had a classic comedy style, with big noses and bizarre contrivances seen in strips such as “Jeannie and her Uncle Meanie”, “Lucky’s Living Doll”, and “The Flights of Flopear”. Jinty‘s “Desert Island Daisy” was a strip done in this ‘big nose’ style too, but Jinty readers also saw some more realistic stories on occasion.

Stories published in Jinty:

  • “Desert Island Daisy” (1974)
  • “Desert Island Daisy” individual stories in the Jinty Annuals for 1975 and 1976
  • “The Spoof of St Elma’s” in the Jinty Holiday Special 1979
  • “They Always Know” – Gypsy Rose story in the Jinty Holiday Special 1981
  • “Boo to the Goose!” in the Jinty Annual 1981
  • “The Lady of the Manor” in the Jinty Annual 1985

The post about the June book from 1970 includes mention of MacGillivray, where he used a slightly more realistic style. I am using that as the example page for this artist, to show a little of his range.

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  • The Girls Comics of Yesterday site includes a tag for Robert MacGillivray, so do check there to see what stories he drew for DC Thomson.
  • Likewise the Tammy Project includes “Maisie’s Magic Eye“, drawn by MacGillivray and published in Sally (reprinted in Tammy). He also drew “Wee Sue” at points in this long-running character’s life; these are mentioned in the posts on this site about the Tammy annuals in 1984, 1985, and 1986.
  • The Comics UK forum includes a discussion thread specifically about MacGillivray, with much information about early work of this prolific artist.
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5 thoughts on “Robert MacGillivray

  1. MacGillivray also drew a lot of Wee Sue stories in Tammy. His Miss Bigger had the great big bulbous nose while others drew her with more of a hook nose.

  2. In the past, I was never very fond of Robert MacGillivray’s work. It’s only since I started to read ‘Wee Sue’ in Tammy, that I learned to appreciate his work. The stories by him I knew before that, were also more serious. And I think his style was far better suited for comedy than for a dramatic story.
    At the moment I’m reading Sandie, and of course RMG’s ‘Jeannie and her uncle Meanie’. There are several episodes done by another artists, and then you realise how important RMG was for the story. His art was half the fun.

    1. Following that ComicsUK forum link, there were a number of older strips of his including his more serious style. I agree that his comedy style is arguable more lively, but it was nice to see the older art too.

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