Martin Handford Net Worth is$20 Million
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Martin Handford is a writer and illustrator of childrens books and has a net worth of $20 million. Martin Handford earned his net worth through his career in writing and was the creator of "Where's Wally" (Where's Waldo) books which grew in popularity to comic strips and an animated tv series. He was born in Hampstead, London.
Martin Handford (born 1956 in Hampstead, London) is an English children's author and illustrator who gained worldwide fame in the mid-1980s with his Where's Wally? creation (known as Where's Waldo? in North America).
Handford began drawing as a child, making stick figures on paper. His inspiration to draw such figures came from classic films and the toy soldiers he played with during that era.
As an adult, Handford worked for three years in an insurance office to pay for his degree at art college. After graduating, Martin worked as a freelance illustrator specialising in drawing crowd scenes for numerous clients.
In 1986, Handford was asked by his art director at Walker Books to draw a character with peculiar features so that his pictures of crowds had a focal point. After much thinking, he came up with the idea of "Wally", a world traveller and time travel aficionado who always dresses in red and white. Wally is joined on most of his travels by his friend, Wenda, who wears clothes with the same colours as Wally's, and by an evil character named Odlaw (Waldo spelled backwards) who dresses in yellow and black.
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 six "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 an animated TV series.
Handford is a methodical and diligent worker. Sometimes it would take him up to eight weeks to draw a two-page sketch of the equally reclusive "Wally" and the characters surrounding him.
The Where's Wally? books were published in the UK by Walker Books and in the US under the title Where's Waldo? first by Little, Brown and Company before being taken on by Candlewick Press (Walker Books' American subsidiary publishing company). The first fou

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"Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin did it. "Where's Waldo?" illustrator Martin Handford did it. Now Portland writer Chuck Palahniuk, best known for "Fight Club," is doing it. Palahniuk is jumping on one of the biggest bandwagons to rumble through ...
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is quite well known in Japan where it is recognized as “Wo-ri- o sagase!” and is a series of books targeted to children illustrated by Martin Handford. The illustrations in the books feature many people doing their own thing in a given location ...
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The man in the stripy jumper: Where’s Wally? still in hiding as he turns 25

There have been seven main Where’s Wally? books. The character was created by English author and illustrator Martin Handford, from Hampstead in London. Influenced by epic films, he enjoyed drawing battle scenes packed with participants. When he was asked ...
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