from The Hound of the Baskervilles ©1991 Complete Editions



Of his origins, Tim says, “I was born and bred in Liverpool, where I had the fear of God soundly thrashed into me by the teaching order of the Irish Christian Brothers. After school I worked for many years in the theatre and circus as ringboy, stagehand, director, scriptwriter, producer, and stage manager before I started writing for comics in the mid-70s. In the 1980s I got my green card and joined The Saturday Evening Post as an editor in their Indianapolis offices. It was there I met artist George Sears and found we had a mutual love of Sherlock Holmes and most things old.”

Tim returned to Britain in the 1990s, where he worked as a television producer and became the UK editor for Marvel Comics. “When the opportunity came up to produce two Sherlock Holmes graphic novels for british publisher Collins Lions in 1991, George Sears was the first artist I thought of. We had already had fun producing a strip for the children's magazine Jack & Jill in which a time traveller journeyed back to the 1890s and met a certain famous detective. When the book was launched in the U.K., I appeared on many TV shows to promote it. The promotional budget didn't stretch to bring George over from the U.S. so I had to pretend to be the artist on the book to make it more visual for the cameras. My ‘lightning sketchwork’ still makes me cringe to this day.” George and Tim’s adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles appeared in the first edition of Graphic Classics: Arthur Conan Doyle.