ARTIST and ILLUSTRATOR
John Leslie Curtis was born in 1917 and began his artistic career with theatrical posters. He then moved to comic books where he produced detective, western, historical, and science fiction content for publishers such as Press Feature Service, Horwitz Publications, and Frew Publications. John drew for the Larry ‘I hate crime’ Kent series and the Edgar Wallace comics. He also produced an Australian version of Billy the Kid. In the early 1950s John did work for Beaconsfield Productions Silver Jacket, painting covers and working on historical stories including The Pony Express and Eureka Stockade . Then he moved into illustration work for Peter Lane School Productions, as well as producing colour cover illustrations for magazines such as Parade. The following illustrations by John Leslie Curtis appeared in the 1955 edition of The Story of Australia Illustrated (The Kelly Gang pages 163 to 178).