IN BRIEF: Halifax cartoonist Owen McCarron dies; more

IN BRIEF: Halifax cartoonist Owen McCarron dies; New Da Vinci drawing discovered in London; Veteran of Quebec radio and music scene dies

Halifax cartoonist Owen McCarron dies

Cartoonist Owen McCarron, whose work appeared for decades in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald and U.S. publisher Marvel Comics, died earlier this week in Halifax. He was 76.

McCarron was a fixture in Nova Scotia thanks in part to his prolific output, which over the years included comic strips such as Captain Canada and Sammy Seagull. His weekly feature called Owen McCarron's Fun and Games ran in papers across Nova Scotia and the rest of the country.

McCarron was also a freelance artist and comic publisher, who owned and operated McCarron Advertising and Comic Book World, which produced and packaged comic-book giveaways, educational comics and puzzle and activity books in Canada and the U.S.

The best known of these projects was, Marvel Fun and Games, a series done for Marvel Comics in the 1970s and 1980s that featured puzzles, mazes and word games involving the company's many superhero characters.

He reportedly pitched the idea for the book to Stan Lee, then editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, who eagerly agreed to publish them.

McCarron, who was born and raised in Halifax, also wrote and drew historical strips about Canadian history that featured such events as the Halifax Explosion of 1917.

McCarron died on June 27 and is survived by his wife, Dorothy, four sons and a stepdaughter.

New Da Vinci drawing discovered in London

British art experts say they have discovered a new drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci hidden beneath one of the Renaissance artist's most celebrated paintings.

The preliminary sketch which depicts a woman kneeling with one arm stretched out, was discovered underneath the surface of Da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks, officials at the National Gallery in London said Friday.

Experts used infra-red technology to expose the partial drawing, which shows the woman with her eyes downcast and one of her hands stretched out.

Curators at the gallery believe Da Vinci may have been planning a picture of the adoration of the Christ child, but abandoned the idea early on.

Leonardo Da Vinci painted two versions of the Virgin of the Rocks between 1483 and 1508. The later version currently hangs in London's National Gallery, while the earlier is now in the Louvre in Paris.

Veteran of Quebec radio and music scene dies

Guy Mauffette, a well-known radio host and music producer in Quebec, has died at the age of 90.

Mauffette began his career as an actor, but made his name on radio where he became known as a host of several Radio-Canada programs including Le Cabaret du Soir qui Penche which broadcast on Sunday evenings during the 1960s.

He was also credited with hiring Felix Leclerc, who went on to become a well-known singer in Quebec and a good friend of Mauffette.

Mauffette acted on stage and in such films as L'inconnue de Montreal and Les lumieres de Ma Ville.