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July 10, 1977: The End Of An Era

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In the history of Australian comic books and cartoons the date July 10th, 1977 is a milestone that nobody really knows about.  So, what happened on that day?   Simply put its the day that an era ended for good.  
Syd Nicholls, the creator of Fatty Finn, Middy Malone, was a pioneer in Australian comic book and cartoon history.  Nicholls passed away on the 3rd of June, 1977 after falling from the balcony of his Potts Point apartment.  While his death didn't come as a great surprise to many who knew him as he was showing signs of depression in the months leading up to June, mainly due to his sight fading, his passing left a void in the Australian cartoon scene that has never really been filled.  Nicholls was more than just an artist, he was a respected journalist, he worked in silent movies -his Fatty Finn was made into a film titled The Kid Stakes in 1927 (Nicholls appeared in the film as himself), he was a publisher and he was a strong advocate for Australian produced comic strips…