STANLEY BERNECHE (1947-)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Stanley Berneche was born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1947. Following his studies at Mount Allison University, Berneche became the leading artist associated with the counterculture humour magazine Fuddle Duddle, which was published in Ottawa by Jeffrey R. Darcey (JRD Publishing) from 1971 to 1972.
Berneche’s main collaborator at the magazine was the writer Peter Evans, a friend from Berneche’s university days. Their satirical character Captain Canada, the first national superhero to appear following the Canadian Golden Age of Comics, made his debut in Fuddle Duddle #3. The second Captain Canada adventure appeared in issue #4 (a third and final adventure remains unpublished).
At the same time that he was contributing outrageous comics to Fuddle Duddle, Berneche was also drawing the strip True Tales of the RCMP for the Canadian Boy Scout magazine Trailblazers.
Following the demise of Fuddle Duddle, he continued to pursue his career as a graphic artist and illustrator. He is currently working on a variety of multimedia, web-related products and services, including website design, the design of next-generation, public-access, graphical user-interfaces, and the development of web-delivered, limited-series illustrations. He also claims to be “shooting billiards to a level never seen before.”
One of the most talented Canadian comics artists of the 1970s, Berneche made the following statement regarding his current activities — “I am still the guy who comes up with the ideas… for marketing all sorts of companies on any and all media available. I am still the guy who makes observations on life through illustrations and photo manips available on my multiple social web accounts… for anyone to enjoy or comment on” and as to his future plans — “Who really ever knows? Maybe another Jeff Darcy is out there waiting to do something new”.