Wednesday, April 21, 2010

GIL THORPE

High school sports-oriented comic strip Gil Thorp was created in 1958 by Jack Berrill. The title character, athletic director of Milford High School, coaches baseball, basketball, and football. A "sports strip that is not just about sports," the series also deals with issues facing teens, including drug abuse, steroids, and teen pregnancy.

Berrill was the primary force behind Gil Thorpe for 38 years. In 1993, glaucoma forced him to take on a series of artists -- Warren Sattler, Frank Bolle, and Ray Burns. Berrill continued writing the series up to his death in 1996.

In the years since, the strip has been in the hands of writers like novelist Jerry Jenkins and baseball coach Chad Jenkins. Today, the creative team on Gil Thorpe is Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin and artist Rod Whigham.

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