A TEN-year-old Scottish comic book artist is selling his creations, made from scratch in his bedroom, in stores around the world.

Drew Marr lives in Dundee, home to the Beano and the Dandy, and grew up reading the classic comics.

The youngster drew on his wide range of interests, including James Bond films and 80s music, when plotting his 24-page pamphlets, which are sold as far afield as the US and Australia as well as in seven shops in the UK and Ireland.

All profits are reinvested into print more comics and the ambitious schoolboy plans to complete a 10-part series in three years.

Drew said: “I went to a convention in Dundee when I was quite young and I quite like colouring in, so I started making my own.

“The main character in Doctor Eye is an evil mastermind – I came up with the idea at school.

“We had to create a character and I chose a supervillain. I made him the way he is today.

“I got the idea from some of the old Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet series.

“I like things from the 20th century, I get ideas and adapt them for the comics – things like Indiana Jones and James Bond.”

The artist’s two concurrent storylines are printed in a flip comic style, with one storyline on an upside down page.

One series, The Rehabilitation of Doctor Eye, tells the story of a supervillain who turns good. The other, Drunk Genie, is about a hapless djinn who fails to grant wishes as he is always sloshed.

Drew, who has been creating characters since he was six years old, says the books take between two and five months to complete.

The tech-savvy youngster uses Google Street View to research locations – for example, a telephone box in Moscow – for his work. He even creates accompanying soundtracks for his comics online.

Drew aspires to be like Stan Lee, the former editor-in-chief of Marvel comics who wrote and published his own creations.

He added: “I want to be a company owner and a businessman, and I’ve got lots of ideas in my head for stories.”

Drew’s mum Kelly-Ann says his diverse range of interests include watching political thrillers such as All the President’s Men.

She said: “Drew loves the Beano and the Dandy, and from the age of three we were visiting the Japanese Anime and comic book festival at the University of Dundee.”

After meeting professional comic book artists, the youngster soon picked up his pens and started drawing.

He then sits down with his mum to read the dialogue aloud to see if it flows correctly.

Kelly-Ann added: “He knows he’s only got 24 pages so we’ll have a conversation about ‘where are you going to put what’.

“He loves traditional Scottish humour like Still Game – all the comedy you would expect kids to like anywhere.”

The books are drawn at home before being scanned and then printed locally, with Drew setting up his own brand, Gold Lion Comics.

Julie Tait, of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, described Drew as an “inspiration to young creators and older creators alike”.

She said he was “prolific, professional and hugely talented” when he was welcomed to the festival as its youngest guest.