Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

Fair-haired, square-jawed, large-muscled Time-travelling fantasy troubleshooter in UK newspaper Comic strips. He first appeared in the Daily Mirror in 1943. Although an occasional story has had pure fantasy elements involving G's eternal love, the goddess Astra (to whom he is remarkably unfaithful: most stories involve some kind of sexual encounter), most belong more properly to sf. A number of writers have worked on the strip: the best has been Peter O'Donnell (1920-2010), who provided some very tightly plotted and imaginative tales in 1953-1966 including – in The Last Goddess (1965; graph 1966) – the introduction of Astra. Artists have included Steve Dowling, John Allard, Frank Bellamy and Martin Asbury. [RT]


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.