Remembering Jack Those of us who grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, we who have original Beatles' albums and who remember Paul and Barry Ryan, read every word of the music press. Each week I would buy Music Echo, then, later, Disc. Disc (and Music Echo) was always a favourite. In 1970, Disc began a cartoon series drawn by one J Edward Oliver, about the tales of the eponymous hero E C Ryder. I remember so well the week when Jack's strip first appeared in Disc. We didn't think it would last. How wrong we were. The series began as a mildly amusing tale with a few witty jokes, but, as time went on, it grew in size, eventually to a full page, JEO drew other items for the papers and wrote words, new characters appeared that became the nation's favourite, there was a fan club and a Friends of J Edward Oliver Society. It was essential reading. Then it was the first thing you would read. Jack's contributions would be half a page, then one page, then more, words as well as pictures, colour covers, the lot. Eventually, Disc (and Music Echo) was taken over by Record Mirror. Times had changed, as had the music. The Bay City Rollers ruled the airwaves. But JEO's strip continued. It was the best thing in the paper, even if it was only half a page and Jack was having a battle with the Editors. Maybe his heart wasn't in it by the end? The strip was axed in 1977. All my collection of papers went into the trash, but not before the strips and other material had been rescued and stuck into several Boot's the Chemist scrap books. Being a bit of a hoarder, I'd kept all the copies. There were some gaps - I remember trudging round London trying to find a copy some weeks to be met with "they're on strike, no deliveries" - but only a few. If I had all those papers now, they would be worth a fortune. I took the scrap books with me everywhere. Here we are, all these years later and I still have them and, yes, I still look at them. And I know other people do too. But I had often wondered, who was JEO, what was he doing, perhaps he was writing his strip somewhere else and I was missing it? Why was he so obsessed with Madeline Smith?" Maybe J Edward Oliver was just a pseudonym for someone else and had never really existed. Had anyone ever seen him? If he did exist, what was he doing now? Living in America? Was he really Lon Goddard? Married to Madeline Smith? Rich and famous? In 2000, I wanted to make a website that was unique. There was no J Edward Oliver site and I have a mass of material I can use. Having made a very small site that summer, I found  postal address (actually, it was printed in the strip at one point, but I had assumed it was fake - wouldn’t do that these days), Dartford. Jack was in the Yellow Pages too, as a cartoonist. It took me the best part of a year to pluck up the courage to write. Nothing... And then one day, a recycled brown envelope with a drawing that said "Fresco lives". The letters came, there was correspondence, then e-mails and more material. Some of it was serious, some full of memories, some "don't publish this...". On other pages, I have published some of this material for the first time. Jack contributed a lot to this site, apart from the obvious things. He has written many comments and bits of history about his work, and we have left these just as they were when first published. This site really concentrates on the Disc/Record Mirror material and there are other sites about his other comic work. We only disagreed a couple of times. One was when he wanted to colour Fresco. I hate 'colorized' films, Jack quite liked them. To me, Fresco lives in a black and white world, and he always will. It’s great that people still remember Jack. It’s amazing how many people say they still have collections of his work.