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Monday, 14 March 2011
THE BROONS...BANNED! "JINGS, CRIVVENS, HELP MA BOAB!"
All images copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd
Here is THE BROONS strip that was "banned" and never
saw print until its appearance in THE SUNDAY POST, March 13th, 2011. (Yesterday.)
It's thought that it was vetoed because the word "lover" in the
second panel was considered far too racy for a kids' strip in a family
newspaper in 1936. Morris Heggie, comics expert and current writer
of THE BROONS and OOR WULLIE, thinks that not only is it one
of the earliest Broons strips in existence, but may even be the first
one that artist DUDLEY D. WATKINS ever drew - the "pilot"
episode, in effect.
The Broons and Oor Wullie (The Browns and Our William)
celebrated their 75th anniversary in yesterday's Sunday Post,
with a special pull-out souvenir section devoted to Scotland's lovable and long-running comic characters.
Created by Robert Duncan Low (Managing Editor of D.C. THOMSON's children's publications) and Dudley Dexter Watkins, both comic strips first appeared in The Sunday Post FUN SECTION on March 8th, 1936. For many years Dudley was the only DCT artist allowed to sign his work, such was the esteem in which his employers held him. The policy of other artists' enforced anonymity was only relaxed long after Dudley's death in 1969.
Original Broons and Oor Wullie artist, Dudley D. Watkins
For those that missed it, back issues of the newspaper are
no doubt available from D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd. Get on the trail of that collectors' item classic while you can. The Broons and Oor Wullie books continue to appear on alternate years on the run-up to Christmas, and a special hardback book reprinting classic episodes of both strips as drawn by Dudley D. Watkins is published every year, and has been since 1996.
Above, the FIRST APPEARANCE of Oor Wullie and The
Broons, and below, for completists, the covers of the VERY FIRST Broons and Oor Wullie books.
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