Harcourt Dennis Mallet (1909-1988)
Dennis Mallet was a prolific and wide-ranging illustrator and cartoonist, whose clarity of draughtsmanship was well suited to a range of popular formats, including comics and postcards.
Dennis Mallet was born in Wallington, Surrey, on 23 May 1909, and educated at Parkside Preparatory School and Tonbridge School. While a student at Goldsmiths’ College in 1930, he published his first cartoon, in The Novel Magazine. Then, two years later, he began to contribute regularly to numerous periodicals, especially Punch and Tatler, often combining his own verses with his cartoons. From 1937, he also illustrated books, beginning with L F Feaver’s Up Fell, Down Dale. During the Second World War, he served in the RAF.
After the war, Mallet increased the range of his work, designing numerous postcards and greetings cards (in the 1940s), and contributing regularly to comics published by the Hulton Press (in the 1950s), notably the ‘Our Gang’ strips to Swift (1954-61). His later work as an illustrator was mainly coomissioned by educational publishers.
He died in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, on 23 November 1988.
His son, Lyndon (born 1946), is also a cartoonist and writer.