Jon St. Ables
Jon St. Ables a.k.a. Jon Stables (1912 - 1999) was born in
Ulverston, Englandon December 23rd 1912. Jon Stables left school at 13 to follow his father and older brother to Winnipegand become an artist.
With the outbreak of
World War II, he ventured west to Victoria, British Columbiaand contributed to the war effort as a painter and sign writer for the shipbuilding industry. It was there he met his wife Esther and the pair were married in May, 1942. Shortly after, Stables was hired by Imperial NewsLtd. to work for Maple Leaf Comics, one of the first " golden age" publishers of Canadian Comics.
Comic book creations
Stables worked well with Maple Leaf’s British approach to comics and was considered by many to be its most accomplished artist, signing his work with the
nom de plume, St. Ables. His facility with cartooning in the prehistoric Piltdown Peteand adventure strips like Brok Windsorand Bill Speedhelped make Maple Leaf titles very prominent in Canadian comics. Soon, Stables took over the art editing chores from Vernon Millerand became the line’s top cover artist. In 1946, Maple Leaf made an effort to launch several syndicated comic strips based on their features Callaghanand Bill Speed but were unable to make significant inroads.
With two sons to support, Stables and Esther opened a studio and briefly produced a line of colouring books. In 1950, the family moved to California where Stables attempted to pitch ideas and artwork to Disney. Eventually Stables settled in
Seattle, working in the art department at Boeinguntil retiring in 1975. He died in 1999 at the age of 87.
In 2006 Jon St. Ables was inducted into the
Joe Shuster AwardsHall of Fame for his contributions to Canadian comics.
Biographical information collected for the Joe Shuster Awards from the family of Jon Stables and John Bell's book on Canadian Comics.
* [http://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/st-ables_jon.htm Cartoonist Bio]
* [http://www.shusterawards.com Joe Shuster Awards website] .
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