(written from a Production point of view)
Born in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom, he began his career with Alan Fennell as office boys at Amalgamated Press in 1952. Over time, they became good friends. Allan joined the military in November 1954, finishing his time two years later in November 1956, and the two reunited and became co-editors of Cowboy Picture Library, working for Alf Wallace. The two wrote a number of scripts for the magazine, both together and separately.
Eventually the two split, Fennell working for Gerry Anderson on Stingray and Thunderbirds, before becoming the editor of the TV21 comic magazine. Allan began writing scripts for the magazine, working on a variety of stories, including the Star Trek comic strip, which was first published in Joe 90: Top Secret. He also wrote a variety of other strips for the magazine, and Fennell's followup "Look-In", including A-Team, Knight Rider, Space 1999, Buck Rogers, and Danger Mouse. Along with the artist, Arthur Ransom, Allan won a "Good Grief Oh Crikey" award for the strip from Cosgrove-Hall in Manchester.
In the 1990s, he began working on "Garth" for the Daily Mirror newspaper in London even though he had recently moved to the foothills of the Pyrenees in France.
At the age of 70 and just six days before his 71st birthday, Allan died of cancer.
Star Trek credits
- Star Trek UK comic strip