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by Jonny Whizz
11 Jun 2009, 21:31
Forum: Dandy
Topic: I'm Bidding farewell to The Dandy
Replies: 37
Views: 13644

Re: I'm Bidding farewell to The Dandy

I think well known comic strips are probably the ones with the best potential for animation. Most British adventure stories wouldn't work because a lack of consistent characters (other than the lead character(s)), and they tend not to be associated with comics like the Beano and Dandy anyway. One th...
by Jonny Whizz
11 Jun 2009, 21:13
Forum: Beano
Topic: Billy Whizz
Replies: 27
Views: 5531

Re: Billy Whizz

You're definitely right there. Hall's style was far too slapdash - that would be OK for a 'lesser' strip (where you don't mind it as it provides a bit of variety in the comic), but an established strip like Billy, you need a good artist. Restoring Billy to the Mal Judge style revived it - any of the...
by Jonny Whizz
11 Jun 2009, 21:06
Forum: Beano
Topic: Laura Howell is in Weekly News...yippee!!
Replies: 19
Views: 7090

Re: Laura Howell is in Weekly News...yippee!!

Plus, very briefly, Wayne in Pain! And Johnny Bean's dog is called Splasher.

Great you got a mention Laura :) . Johnny Bean has been brilliant - I love the somewhat warped, anarchic humour of the strip, and your other Beano work has been really good as well.
by Jonny Whizz
10 Jun 2009, 17:14
Forum: Beano
Topic: Billy Whizz
Replies: 27
Views: 5531

Re: Billy Whizz

Returning to this thread, does anyone know when this week's Billy Whizz reprint was from? It was a Trevor Metcalfe strip, but with Vic Neill's thunderbolt hairstyle. I thought he only drew it between 1992 and 1993 (and again between 2005 and 2007), and only as a substitute for David Parkins. However...
by Jonny Whizz
05 Jun 2009, 19:30
Forum: Beano
Topic: Favourite/Least favourite Beano strips
Replies: 35
Views: 7567

Re: Favourite/Least favourite Beano strips

I think that the best years for Calamity James were from 1986 (when he started) to 1993, when the Beano went full colour. I think it lost some of its wackiness after that, but it remained funny for the rest of the 1990s (In an old one I picked up several years ago, there was a very good 4-pager wher...
by Jonny Whizz
04 Jun 2009, 19:18
Forum: Beano
Topic: Favourite/Least favourite Beano strips
Replies: 35
Views: 7567

Re: Favourite/Least favourite Beano strips

I agree Peter...Calamity James and Jonah were brilliant. There is so much detail to see in every frame. (Great to see a classic strip as well!) I'd suggest that maybe these strips appeal more to adults than children - who don't really appreciate all the side details and clever little jokes. Both tho...
by Jonny Whizz
02 Jun 2009, 21:03
Forum: Beano
Topic: Favourite/Least favourite Beano strips
Replies: 35
Views: 7567

Favourite/Least favourite Beano strips

Just had an idea for a new topic. Who are your favourite Beano characters and strips, both from the current comic and from the past (all the way back to 1938!)? Also, which is your least favourite? As my username suggests, Billy Whizz is my favourite (even as a reprint), though I've always liked Rog...
by Jonny Whizz
30 May 2009, 09:36
Forum: Artwork, artists and writers
Topic: Bill Ritchie and Keith Reynolds cartoons.
Replies: 21
Views: 4478

Re: Bill Ritchie and Keith Reynolds cartoons.

Bob Nixon left DCT in 1973 - Tom Lavery replaced him on Roger, and Jimmy Glen on Lord Snooty and Grandpa. If I'm correct, Tom Dick and Sally were first seen in the Beano Book 1975, which will have been drawn in 1973, which make sense. Didn't Keith Reynolds also draw Tim Traveller for a short time af...
by Jonny Whizz
30 May 2009, 09:25
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Current Artists
Replies: 40
Views: 2450

Re: Current Artists

Coming back to Joe Jitsu, I think you're not wrong Digifiend - the ones used in 2006 will have been stockpiled - but what I am talking about is a case only a few months after the character was introduced - he appeared regularly for at least 2/3 of a year after that. What happened was a strip appeare...
by Jonny Whizz
30 May 2009, 09:11
Forum: Dandy
Topic: I'm Bidding farewell to The Dandy
Replies: 37
Views: 13644

Re: I'm Bidding farewell to The Dandy

The only comic I regularly buy is the Beano. I have a few Classics from the Comics though. I've never read the Dandy, but it's sad what has happened to it.
by Jonny Whizz
30 May 2009, 08:56
Forum: Beano
Topic: Billy Whizz
Replies: 27
Views: 5531

Re: Billy Whizz

Coming back to this, wasn't Roger the Dodger's 40th 'birthday' celebrated in 1993? I think he appeared in all of the strips of the anniversary issue.
by Jonny Whizz
29 May 2009, 15:15
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Current Artists
Replies: 40
Views: 2450

Re: Current Artists

Kev, the limit for reprints is 7 years. The most recent reprint I've seen in the Beano was a reprint of a Bob Nixon Xmas strip from 2000 (2007 Xmas issue). The Beano has only really been using reprints for the last three years or so, starting from summer 2006. They used a few Nixon reprints of Roger...
by Jonny Whizz
28 May 2009, 19:17
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Current Artists
Replies: 40
Views: 2450

Re: Current Artists

Riot Squad (Hoot Squad) was also a reprint, from the short-lived Hoot comic from the mid-1980s. You're right about Olaff the Madlander (originally Adrian the Barbarian) and Fred's Bed, both of which were reprints from the Beezer and Topper comics. What happened there - why was it that they changed f...
by Jonny Whizz
28 May 2009, 11:19
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Current Artists
Replies: 40
Views: 2450

Re: Current Artists

I thought the reason why Bea merged with Ivy was because at the time Ivy was Bob Nixon reprints. By putting those two together, that allowed the Beano to reprint John Sherwood's Les Pretends. However, I think Ivy did appear in a solo strip (as a reprint) in the Christmas Beano, and Bea has appeared ...
by Jonny Whizz
27 May 2009, 14:21
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Current Artists
Replies: 40
Views: 2450

Re: Current Artists

I thought I hadn't seen any of Kev's stuff for a while. Anyone know what his last strip in the weekly Beano was? Shame, because he really improved over time - I wasn't convinced by the artwork at first, but later he started to get it, and some of his scripts were very funny. I remember laughing at t...