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Nick Newman - Searle & Sprod: a tale of two jailmates

Regulars | By Nick Newman

Cartoonists Ronald Searle and George Sprod were both inspired by hellish Changi Prison – but Sprod is forgotten

Conflict and comedy go hand in hand. War has a habit of producing jokers – the First World War spawned the comic trench masterpiece The Wipers Times, and the Second World War saw the genius of Spike Milligan explode in the foothills of Monte Cassino. Meanwhile in the Far East, the fall of Singapore brought together two soldiers with a passion for cartoons: Searle and Sprod....

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