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Learn More About Peter Ogilvie


Peter Ogilvie was born in 1921 in Stutterheim. He became a cartoonist when an advertisement for diamond rings caught the eye of Carel Birkby, a journalist at the Sunday Times. Birkby and Ogilvie would go on to write “Commando X,” a war themed comic that appeared in the Sunday Times supplement under the title “Stroppie’s Lot.” Birkby wrote the story and Ogilvie drew the illustrations, with both authors drawing on their experience in the military. In 1970, Ogilvie’s sister Fiona took over writing duties from Birkby and the strip was renamed “Stroppie.” Rather than depicting the military, “Stroppie” took a security organization headed by Stroppie Strydom as its subject.