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DE YE NAE KEN THAAAT!

Postby Gatwick1946 » Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:57 am

Recent reference in a thread by members who are friends in the north, and their mention of The Broons and Our Wullie, struck a chord in my memory.

In the 1950's my parents escaped from the big smoke to the new town of Creepy Crawley, West Sussex ( I felt obliged to accompany them, as was only 5!).
Our neighbours on one side of our brand new council house were Scots and I used to swap comics, and the bumper fun Xmas albums, with their lad of about my age.

I used to enjoy The Broons and Our Wullie, I never got to see The Sunday Post and the Francis Gay column, so I wondered if this was a joke/spoof column or was it for real?

It seems that My Week by Francis Gay is not a spoof, but I am amused by these comic strips, which have in the past, appeared in the aforementioned news sheet:

Wee Harry, Wor Nicky, Silias Snatcher the Truant Catcher, Wishbone Wuzzy, Austen and his Auto, Barnacle Bill, Natty Ned, Wee Jock Sparra.

Did not Dennis the Menace's dog have his own strip at one time? My favourites, in later years were Garth and Jane in the english Daily Mirror.

That's me done then - I'm off now for a slap-up tea!
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Postby JimN » Sun Aug 29, 2021 11:14 am

Gatwick1946 wrote:Recent reference in a thread by members who are friends in the north, and their mention of The Broons and Our Wullie, struck a chord in my memory.

In the 1950's my parents escaped from the big smoke to the new town of Creepy Crawley, West Sussex ( I felt obliged to accompany them, as was only 5!).
Our neighbours on one side of our brand new council house were Scots and I used to swap comics, and the bumper fun Xmas albums, with their lad of about my age.

I used to enjoy The Broons and Our Wullie, I never got to see The Sunday Post and the Francis Gay column, so I wondered if this was a joke/spoof column or was it for real?

It seems that My Week by Francis Gay is not a spoof, but I am amused by these comic strips, which have in the past, appeared in the aforementioned news sheet:

Wee Harry, Wor Nicky, Silias Snatcher the Truant Catcher, Wishbone Wuzzy, Austen and his Auto, Barnacle Bill, Natty Ned, Wee Jock Sparra.

Did not Dennis the Menace's dog have his own strip at one time? My favourites, in later years were Garth and Jane in the english Daily Mirror.

That's me done then - I'm off now for a slap-up tea!
Kindest regards,
Christopher


The Sunday Post was certainly available in northern England in the 1960s, though possibly only at newsagents near railway stations. A relative used to buy a copy every Sunday at the WH Smiths branch inside Lime Street Station. It was obvious that there was a company "family resemblance" between the strip cartoons in the Post and those in the DC Thomson comic publications (Dandy, Beano, etc).

I can also remember both Garth and Jane in the Daily Mirror, which was one of two dailies bought by my grandmother, who had brought up her three daughters during the 1930s and the second world war. The "Jane" cartoon - as I understand it - was something of a morale-raising item during the early part of the war, though the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_(comic_strip) indicates that it might have started just before the war. It seems that it ended in 1959 (I'd thought it was the mid 1960s) and I do recall my grandmother remarking on its disappearance to another relative. There was a "faithful sidekick" character called Georgie. Jane and he got married in order to round off the story.

Although I do recall "Garth", I don't recall very much about it (as, indeed, I don't recall much about "Jane" - neither was aimed at children), but "Garth" seemed to be in general use as a nickname for anyone thought to be blessed with extra strength (a bit like the nickname "Tarzan" was). Apparently, "Garth" ran in the Daily Mirror until the late 1990s, though I had long since ceased seeing the Mirror by then.
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Postby Uncle Fiesta » Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:18 pm

When my parents and I lived oop north in the 60's, our next door neighbour was Scottish so took the Sunday Post, which she'd pass onto my mother after reading it. I always used to call it 'last week's news', as it was a week out of date by the time I saw it. When I got older and understood such things better, it became 'last week's Tory news', as it was a bit right wing compared to the Mirror, which my parents read.

Talking of which, the Garth strip ran for many years, although there were only three storylines. Number one was to do with international intrigue such as spies, terrorists or smugglers, number two took place on an alien planet, usually involving rescuing people from slavery or tyranny, and number three involved him going back in time and becoming someone else, for example a Confederate soldier.

I also remember Jane as they tried to bring her back in the 80s, when she was supposed to be the original character's granddaughter.

My particular favourite in the Mirror was The Perishers. One of my guitars has a picture of Boot the Old English Sheepdog on the scratchplate.
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Postby Iain Purdon » Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:22 pm

My mother would allow me Beano, Dandy and Topper only if I was off school and ill in bed. Then and only then could I read these dangerous comics and drink Lucozade to help me get better.
Otherwise it was strictly Swift and, later, Eagle. Apart from an awful period when she thought our minds would be improved by the leaden Children’s Newspaper. As those familiar with my mind will agree it, it didn’t work.
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Postby artyman » Sun Aug 29, 2021 11:03 pm

I can remember Jane and Garth in the Daily Mirror, and also a daily cartoon Andy Cap. I also recall The Perishers and an annual holiday gag about Boot looking into a Rock Pool and crabs waiting expectantly for the 'Eyeballs in the Sky'. Apart from the Eagle there was also a comic called The Lion, in addition the The Hotspur and The Wizard, the latter being mentioned by The Corries on one of their albums.
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Postby artyman » Sun Aug 29, 2021 11:04 pm

I can remember Jane and Garth in the Daily Mirror, and also a daily cartoon Andy Cap. I also recall The Perishers and an annual holiday gag about Boot looking into a Rock Pool and crabs waiting expectantly for the 'Eyeballs in the Sky'. Apart from the Eagle there was also a comic called The Lion, in addition the The Hotspur and The Wizard, the latter being mentioned by The Corries on one of their albums.
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Postby JimN » Sun Aug 29, 2021 11:11 pm

The Eyeballs in the Sky were a work of genius.

I would LOVE to be able to buy a Complete Perishers in book (or probably box-set) format.

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Re: DE YE NAE KEN THAAAT!

Postby JimN » Sun Aug 29, 2021 11:14 pm

Uncle Fiesta wrote:I also remember Jane as they tried to bring her back in the 80s, when she was supposed to be the original character's granddaughter.


You've jogged my memory.

Wasn't there also a 1980s TV series, mainly live action but partly art-graphics?
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Postby GoldenStreet » Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:57 am

JimN wrote:
Uncle Fiesta wrote:I also remember Jane as they tried to bring her back in the 80s, when she was supposed to be the original character's granddaughter.


You've jogged my memory.

Wasn't there also a 1980s TV series, mainly live action but partly art-graphics?

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Postby Uncle Fiesta » Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:22 pm

And there was a TV cartoon version of the Perishers, in which Boot was voiced by Leonard Rossiter.

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