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DEATH OF CREATOR   OF GINGER MEGGS  

WORLD-WIDE FIGURE

JAMES BANCKS' MASTERPIECE

SYDNEY. July 1. - The creator of Australia's most famous comic  

strip character, Ginger Meggs,   James Charles Bancks, died to-

day at the age of 63. Bancks   had been drawing Ginger Meggs for the past 31 years. Ginger appeared in newspapers in every   Australian State and in Eng- land, France, Holland, Spain,   America and South America.

In France Ginger became "Pierrot," and in South America   "El Pibe Areliana." Ginger, his

father and mother, his girl friend  

Min, and his enemies Eddie

Coogan and Tiger Kelly were   known and loved throughout the world. He was Australia's Peter   Pan, living for 31 years but   growing no older.

Bancks started bis career as a   combined clerk, office boy and   liftdrfver and finished it with a   salary exceeding that of many of Australia's leading business

executives.

BECAME ARTIST

Deciding that his job offered  

little prospect of advancement,   Bancks decided to become an

artist. The "Bulletin" began to   buy his drawings at 15.' each.   and eventually offered him a job at £8 a week. Blue, red or   yellow were the only colours   available far the boy's hair when    

Bancks first drew his comic   strip characters. He chose red  

and named him Ginger. Ginger's monkey joined the strip 18 years ago. It was meant to stay only three weeks, but when Bancks   removed it, so many outraged readers protested that he re-   stored it immediately.

In the 31 years he drew Ginger   he did not accept one plot or   idea from anybody. Bancks suf- fered from coronary occlusion about two years ago. but was   apparently in good health when he went to bed last night. He   died early this morning. He leaves a widow and an eight year old daughter. His funeral will take place to-morrow morn-

ing from St. Mark's Church of   England, Darling Point.

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