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a b c Where's Waldo?, by Cyndi Stivers, 14 December 1990, Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 February 2010. As an adult, Handford worked for three years in an insurance office (Crusader Insurance Company) to pay for his studies at UCA ( University for the Creative Arts) formerly KIAD (Kent Institute of Art and Design) in Maidstone, Kent.  After graduating, Martin worked as a freelance illustrator specialising in drawing crowd scenes for numerous clients.  Career [ edit ] Handford became a minor celebrity with the success of Where's Wally?. The Where's Wally? trademark sold in 28 different countries. Beginning in 1987, Handford produced a total of seven "classic" Where's Wally? books, but his character was branched out into other products, such as notebooks, pillows, posters, video games and many others. There was even a syndicated comic strip as well as two animated TV series (one in 1991 and another in 2019).
a b "Where's the brains behind Wally?", Paul Bignell, The Independent, 13 November 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2017.The style of art executed by Handford is an example of " Wimmelbilderbuch" drawings, originally popularised by Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Hans Jürgen Press. Martin Handford created the album cover for The Vapors' 1981 album Magnets. The cover features an assassination scene which forms the shape of an eye. Martin Handford (born 27 September 1956)   is a British children's author and illustrator from London who gained worldwide fame in the mid-1980s with his Where's Wally? creation (known as Where's Waldo? in North America).