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Andy Capp creator Reg dies at 81.

REG Smythe, creator of our lovable layabout Andy Capp, is dead.

The cartoon genius who styled Andy on his dad and Florence on his mum, died at home aged 81. He had been suffering from cancer.

Hartlepool-born Reg was an occasional cartoonist for the Daily Mirror when editor Hugh Cudlipp asked him to create a series featuring a Northern Man.

Andy first appeared in August, 1957 in Manchester editions. But within months he was syndicated all over the world.

Reg once said of Andy: "He was the next-door neighbour, the bloke in the local. Andy Capps are all over the place."

Last night Mirror cartoon editor Ken Layson said: "Reg was a one-off, and so prolific there is at least a year's supply of cartoons left.

"He will be sadly missed, especially in the North East where he was a major celebrity."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 14, 1998
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