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-Really enjoying seeing these gems and thoughts...
Might start a thread on artists that influanced many..

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20 Feb 2014, 19:57
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If you're interested in reading about Film Fun the book to get is The Wonderful World of Film Fun by Graham King and Ron Saxby. I posted an article from the book on my site here:

http://www.wackycomics.com/2013/09/eddi ... ditor.html

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George Shiers wrote:
If you're interested in reading about Film Fun the book to get is The Wonderful World of Film Fun by Graham King and Ron Saxby.
See page 11 of this thread.


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Hi Phil.
Although Terry the Terror is an early example
of Reg Parletts later style I think the accolade
for eing the first strip he did in this later style
had to be Tich in Knockout which first appeared
on 11th Jun 1960


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-I'll look out for the book...thanks..

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Kashgar wrote:
Although Terry the Terror is an early example of Reg Parlett's later style I think the accolade for being the first strip he did in this later style had to be Tich in Knockout which first appeared on 11th Jun 1960


You're right Kashgar. Here's an early example of Tich from July 1960:

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Presumably this must have been a period when he was producing work in his 'old' and 'new' styles at the same time.

I guess 'Guy D. Guide' in Swift would have also been a pretty close runner up. I don't know which issue he first appeared in but here's an example from January 1961:

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I think the Eagle group paid better than almost anybody at that point so these half-page 'comic relief' strips (which later included King Leo, XYZ Cars and Fidosaurus) must have seemed like a pretty tempting career move as his existing markets such as Film Fun and Radio Fun began to fall by the wayside.

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If memory serves me correctly, some of those Guy D. Guide strips were reprinted in an IPC summer special (Whizzer and Chips possibly?)

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Your memory does serve you correctly Lew - Guy D. Guide was reprinted as Guy The Guide in the 1970 Whizzer and Chips special.

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Guy was also in the Whizzer and Chips weekly comic from around August 1970 to May 1971, replacing the half-page Karate Kid strip.


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I read some Film Fun reprints in Cheeky Weekly 1977 and 1978 – they had an old comic spot where Cheeky went int the attic to read his dad's old comics. It must have been a sad day when after 42 years the title came to a close.

According to Wikipedia, in 1962, sales of Film Fun dropped below 125,000 a week, prompting Amalgamated Press/IPC to merge the comic with Buster – is this figure correct?

The Laurel and Hardy comic strip did make it into TV Comic (Comicsuk has a TV Comic 1983 Special listed, though TV Comic did not make a habit of doing many Laurel and Hardy specials before closure in 1984).
Even as recently as the late 1970s / 1980 they had their own ‘Larry Harmon’ specials with many pages of comic strip adventures:
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Guy was also in the Whizzer and Chips weekly comic from around August 1970 to May 1971, replacing the half-page Karate Kid strip.

They mucked around, though, with some of them.

There was one where Guy was taking an obnoxious kid round Madame Tussaud's, and ended up placing him, bound and gagged, as an exhibit in the Chamber of Horrors. But for some reason, a background figure of Dr Crippen in the last panel was missing from the reprint.

More understandable was the alteration to the strip where Guy was showing a foreigner round London, and took him to all the sites commemorating England's victories over the French. (The client was of course, unknown to Guy, from France, and took it out of him at the end.) A reference to the "poor old Froggies" was sanitised in the reprint to read "poor old French".

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