New Artist for Long-Running ‘Gil Thorp’ Comic

By: E&P Staff

Tribune Media Services today announced a new artist for the “Gil Thorp” comic, which is in the midst of its 50th-anniversary year.

Rod Whigham — who succeeds Frank McLaughlin — will team with “Gil Thorp” writer Neal Rubin, a Detroit News columnist. The artist’s work will begin to appear with the April 7 strip.

Whigham has had a 25-year career as a comic book artist and commercial illustrator for Marvel, DC Comics, and other companies. Among the titles he has worked on are “G.I. Joe,” “Star Trek,” ” Men in Black,” “The Terminator,” and “The Flash.”

His graphic novels include “Lightrunner,” a science-fiction adventure he co-wrote; “Team Yankee”; and, most recently, a 145-page comics adaptation of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues under the Sea.” He has also produced art for trading-card series.

TMS Managing Editor Mary Elson said Whigham’s work has “marvelous detail, and his grasp of human figures, sports action, and varied artistic perspectives is exceptional.”

“Gil Thorp” chronicles sports and student life at fictional Milford High, where the title character is coach and athletic director. The strip was created in 1958 by Jack Berrill, who modeled his comic’s star after baseball player Gil Hodges and Olympian Jim Thorpe.

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