Translated by Claude ETIENNE musician and comics collector and friend (link) translation completed on 15-03-2015 and Also by Cloé EDOUARD Mauritian girl.
My favorite character of comic strips, mostly the Stephen Philip Dowling period, the one who has created in 1943, in england, this atypical character (with Gordon Boshell), as strong as Hercule and very resourceful (in fact muscles and brain).
The adventures of Garth have had several comics strip writers, (John Allard, Frank Bellamy and Martin Asbury) and have been published as strips in the Daily Mirror until 1977.
They have been colorized and republished since 2011 in this newspaper, (this time as 2 strips a day).
Garth is a character who travels in time, or by the reincarnation, or by the way of a cape and a helmet, or time machines, further to a blow on his head or even when he’s asleep. His adventures are a mix of science-fiction, fantasy (*), romances, and intrigues with new development.
This character is awesome because he has not any super power, he just can count on his colossal strength and his imagination.
At his second adventure he meets the Professor Jules Lumière, a french man who is a genius, and who will be in nearly all adventures of the hero.
The creator Stephen Philip Dowling, (also known as Steve Dowling) with his « naive » drawing, takes us in adventures who last for months (one strip a day in the Daily Mirror). For example, « the seven ages of garth » : 16 months.
And surprising fact for that time, there are a lot of charming and nearly naked female characters, who have been retouched in several countries…
On the animated gif, at the right of the screen, the 21 covers of the adventures of Garth, published in the « Collection Merveilleuse » (PEI) from the january 01st, 1949 until the december 01st, 1949, at the rate of 2 magazines a month (1 and 15), every review (21 all in all) accounts 12 pages in the size 18 x 27 and afterward the magazine will merge with the adventures of Captain Marvel (Version France) from the number 50 (sev. Sources including wikipf, thanks).
A few years ago when internet was just at its beginning, I have found some of these magazines at parisian secondhand booksellers at really exagerated prices and not always in very good state (I unfortunately only own 3 of these magazines, the numbers 9, 14, and 16).
France has known the publication of around thirty stories (that I own) at diverse publishers in magazines such as :
RetrospectiveBD, Collection Merveilleuse, Aredit/Artima, Charlie Mensuel, Pierre Charles, Focus et Poco.
Why this site ? simply I have written to publishers tens to ask for a reprinted or the publication of unknown stories (166 all in all) and none of them has answered to me. In parallel of the construction of this site, I am doing the translation several stories that I managed to get in italian or in english, I have also found some of them in turkish or in indian (but for the translation…)
For info : in the Timeline tab is mentioned 167 adventures but the story "The Troll" was reprinted after a paternity issue on history.