Comic Artist Kreigh Collins Honored in Michigan
Mitzi McCoy and Kevin the Bold Comic Strips in the Spotlight
New York, NY (October 27, 2016) The Ada Historical Society will honor Kreigh Collins, the writer, artist and creator of both the Mitzi McCoy and Kevin the Bold comic strips. Collins’ son, Kevin Collins, will be a featured speaker at the event.
Kreigh Collins first comic, Mitzi McCoy (1948-50) was set in the fictitious town of Freedom, Michigan and starred a heroine in small town adventures.
Collins is best known for the swashbuckling Kevin the Bold, a historical thriller in the Prince Valiant tradition. This strip ran from 18 years starting in 1950 in Sunday comics sections nationwide.
Up Anchor, Collins’ third comic strip was nautical family adventure, reflecting his own family’s time on board a schooner.
“Mitzi McCoy was a wonderful comic strip, it’s bad luck is just that it was succeeded by another strip that became much more popular, Kevin the Bold. I am trying to rectify this situation with my forthcoming book, “The Complete Mitzi McCoy,” to be published in 2017 by Lost Art Books, “said Brian Collins, the artist’s grandson.
Many of his paintings are in the Grand Rapids Public Museum archives. In addition, his widow donated photos, documents, an oral history, and cartoon storyboards to the Grand Rapids Public Library, according to Kristin Wildes, of the Ada Historical Society.
Some of his larger works include murals. During the Depression, the federal government’s Works Projects Administration (WPA) funded murals for public buildings, and Collins was commissioned to paint around the nation.
Kreigh Collins was a classically trained fine artist who studied at art schools in the United States and in Europe. After returning to the States, he pursued his love of painting, until an injury to his right arm made the work impossible. After the injury, he first did illustration work for books and magazines.
The Methodist Publishing House became a steady client and this connection led to Kreigh’s foray into comics illustration and wide exposure. A weekly “Bible Stories Comics” used in church school materials, reached an estimated 700,000 children each week and eventually led to a contract with the nationally syndicated newspaper.
“This event, sponsored by the Ada Historical Society, gives me a great chance to add background information and context to my grandfathers work, and it’s especially satisfying presenting it to people who knew my grandfather and his family,” said Brian Collins.
The event will held at the Ada Historical Society in Ada, Michigan on October 27, 2016.
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