David Sutherland (born 1933) is a Scottish illustrator and comics artist with
DC Thomson is a media company based in Dundee, Scotland. Founded by David Couper Thomson in 1905, it is best known for publishing '' The Dundee Courier'', '' The Evening Telegraph'' and '' The Sunday Post'' newspapers, and the comics '' Oor ...
, responsible for The Bash Street Kids
(1962–present), Dennis the Menace
(1970–1998), Fred's Bed
(2008–2012) for '' The Beano
'', and the second version of Jak
''The Dandy'' was a British children's comic magazine published by the Dundee based publisher DC Thomson. The first issue was printed in December 1937, making it the world's third-longest running comic, after '' Il Giornalino'' (cover dated 1 Oc ...
'' in the early 2000s.
He started out as an adventure strip artist, drawing strips such as The ''Beanos The Great Flood of London
in 1960–61 (reprinted in Classics From the Comics in 2007) and Billy the Cat
(see), before replacing Leo Baxendale
as the artist for The Bash Street Kids, who were given the two pages in the centre of the comic at the same time. He has been the strip's main artist since then, during which time he has drawn more than 2000 individual strips for the weekly comic. He also replaced Dudley D. Watkins
on Biffo the Bear
after his death in 1969, and continued to draw the character through the 1970s, after his strip relinquished that cover of the comic to Dennis in 1974.
In 1977, Gnasher was given his own strip in the ''Beano'', Gnasher's Tale
, which like the main Dennis strip was drawn by Sutherland. Similarly, when Dennis's pet pig, Rasher, received his own page in 1984, Sutherland was again the strip's artist, as he was when Gnasher's Tale was replaced by Gnasher and Gnipper
in 1986. Sutherland began to draw The Germs
for the comic in 1988, although in the early 1990s he was replaced by Vic Neill
. He also stopped drawing Gnasher and Gnipper in 1992, with artistic duties being handed to Barry Glennard.
In 1998, Sutherland stopped drawing Dennis the Menace after 28 years, handing over to David Parkins
, although he has continued to draw the Bash Street Kids. Over the next few years, he drew Korky the Cat
for the ''Dandy'', as well as the second incarnation of Jak.
In 2009 it was confirmed that he was the new artist for the ''Beanos Fred's Bed
strip. Initially taking over for a three-month period as replacement for Hunt Emerson, he later shared the workload with Tom Paterson
before taking as over the strip's main artist during 2011.
He sometimes draws himself into strips, such as Biffo in the 2010 annual.
To mark Sutherland's 50 years as illustrator of the Bash Street Kids, an exhibition of original artwork from D C Thomson's collections was held at the University of Dundee in June–August 2012, with the artist appearing for a Q&A event on 13 Jun.
The strips that David has drawn for DC Thomson over the years include:
British comics artists
British comic strip cartoonists
The Dandy people
The Beano people
Dennis the Menace and Gnasher