Ahoy there me matey! Where’s the pieces of eight?

Cecil-DoughtyCecil Langley Doughty (born 7th November 1913), was a British comic illustrator, best known for his work “Knockout” and the educational weekly “Look and Learn”. Doughty was born in Withernsea, East Riding, Yorkshire and trained at the Battersea Polytechnic.  His earliest work was comic strips appearing in both “Knockout” and “The Children’s Newspaper”,  in 1948. Doughty went on to draw Terry Brent for “School Friend” and later illustrated for “Thriller Comics”. 

  • In the late 1950’s he also drew for “Express Weekly” and “The Eagle”, taking over the “Jack O’Lantern” strip in colour for eight months.

In the 1960’s and through to early 1980’s, Doughty proved to be one of “Look and Learns”  most successful historical illustrators. When “Look and Learn” closed in 1982, Doughty retired from commercial artwork to concentrate on landscapes. Already in his late sixties, Doughty held an exhibition of his paintings at Carmarthen, where he was then living.  He died at the age of 71, on 26th October 1985.

  • This picture is from Daily Sketch Modern Boy’s Annual and an illustration for the story “Jem’s First voyage”, written by K.& M. Peyton.

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