Iconic Narrabri artist passes away

Legendary comic book author Peter Chapman has died in Narrabri.

The late Peter Chapman.

Australian comic book legend, and Narrabri resident, Peter Chapman passed away yesterday.
Mr Chapman, who was 91, recently hit the headlines again after being inducted into the Australian Comics Hall of Fame and being presented with a Ledger of Honour for his groundbreaking work in the field of comic books in the 1940s and 1950s.
But Mr Chapman, who moved to Narrabri Shire in 1971, firstly to Gwabegar before settling closer to Narrabri, was as well known in this region for teaching many people to draw - and inspiring a love of art in them.
From beginnings locally in the TAFE building, in the 1990s he launched his own travelling art school, teaching people from all over NSW.
While the heyday of comics may be long gone, it hasn’t been forgotten and has experienced a major revival in recent years.
The State Library of NSW held an exhibition last year which featured much of Mr Chapman’s work and there has also been interest internationally.
Mr Chapman was unique among comic book artists of his day, not only drawing the comics but also writing the stories, turning them out at an unprecedented rate for the time. He later branched out into greeting cards.