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Marvelman by Mick Anglo's Gower Studios

Mick Anglo (b. Maurice Anglowitz, London, 19 June 1916), cartoonist, author and editor, studied at the John Cass Art School in London, and worked as a freelance fashion artist in the 1930s. During the second world war he drew cartoons for army publications in the far east, and worked for newspapers in Singapore at the end of the war. After completing his national service he became a genre novelist, and edited and created comics in a variety of genres for Martin & Reid, Paget Publications, Arnold Book Company and L. Miller & Son.

In 1954 he started his own production company, Gower Studios, in London, which packaged comics for a variety of publishers. His staff of artists included Don Lawrence, Bob Monkhouse, Denis Gifford, Ron Embleton, Bill Merill and George Stokes. L. Miller & Sons had been publishing a successful reprint of Fawcett Comics' Captain Marvel, but after legal action in the USA Captain Marvel had ceased publication. From 1954 Anglo and his studio supplied Miller with a replacement superhero series, Marvelman, which continued until 1960. Anglo then founded Anglo Comics, which published Captain Miracle, reprinting old Marvelman stories with reworked art, Battle, Gunhawks Western and TV Features, but went out of business the following year.

Anglo created three comics for Thorpe & Porter's Classic Illustrated series, as well as annuals for TV shows such as The Avengers. In 1965-66 he again recycled his Marvelman/Captain Miracle stories as Miracle Man for Top Sellers, and then in 1966 created Fantasy Stories, Macabre Stories, Spectre Stories and Strange Stories for John Spencer & Co, all of which folded within the year.

In 1967 he edited TV Tornado for City Magazines, before returning to Top Sellers to package reprints of DC Comics material for their anthology Super DC. His last involvement in comics came in 1979-83, when he produced strips and features for IPC's war comics.

In 1982 Marvelman was revived in Quality Communications' Warrior, written by Alan Moore, but the ownership of the character remained in dispute until 2009, when it was established that it still belonged to Anglo. Later that year he sold the rights to Marvel Comics. He died on 31 October 2011.

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