Pugwash creator Ryan dies aged 88
Cartoonist John Ryan, creator of Captain Pugwash, has died in hospital in Rye, East Sussex, aged 88. The BBC commissioned the first TV series in 1957 after spotting potential in Ryan's books about the tales of Pugwash and his nemesis Cut Throat Jake.
His agent, Jane Gregory, said there was "a huge amount of love" for the childish pirate and his shipmates, who included Tom the Cabin Boy and Willy.
Mr Ryan is survived by his wife and three children.
Details taken from the BBC website - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8166946.stm
John Ryan signing copies of Captain Pugwash in 2007 when Frances Lincoln Children’s Books brought back into print new editions of the classic picture book series.