BUSTER started out life as the son of ANDY CAPP, but by the time
1968 rolled around his parentage was long forgotten. The strip was known
by various titles throughout its long run - such as Buster's Good Deeds,
Buster's Diary, and Buster's Dream-World. In 1974 the title reverted
to Buster's Diary yet again, changing to just Buster in 1985 when artist
TOM PATERSON took over the strip from REG PARLETT.
Surprisingly, for a strip that lasted nearly forty years, Buster himself
only had six main artists. BILL TITCOMBE drew the cloth-capped lad's
escapades from 1960 to '61, with HUGH McNEILL taking over 'til 1962.
ANGEL NADALL then managed an impressive twelve year run until 1974,
followed by REG PARLETT who drew Andy's boy to 1985, when TOM
PATERSON took over until 1990. JIMMY HANSEN was Buster's final
regular artist until the comic's demise in 1999.
FRANCISCO SOLANO LOPEZ was the artist on GALAXUS, THE
THING FROM OUTER SPACE, the story of an alien creature stranded
on Earth and befriended by two brothers, JIM and DANNY JONES. The
meek and mild alien, capable of growing to giant-size or shrinking down to
about two inches tall, was initially scripted by KEN MENNELL and then
by SCOTT GOODALL for the remainder of its run. A classic adventure
series still fondly remembered to this day.
FREDDIE 'PARROT-FACE' DAVIES was a popular television
personality during the '60s (appearing on OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
in 1964) and was awarded the honour of having his own one-page strip in
the comic. Reg Parlett was the artist behind the comedian's zany antics
and got the likeness spot-on. For some years now, Freddie has enjoyed a
career as a well-respected actor, having appeared in prominent theatre,
television and movie roles - HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER
OF ASKABAN being but one of the high-profile, prestigious
productions he has performed in.
PROFESSOR NUTCASE was a retitled reprint of Professor Knockout
from KNOCKOUT, drawn by Nadall. He lasted for about a year under
his new identity before fading quietly from the scene into comics limbo.
LOVE HEARTS make your mouth fizz and are still going strong.
THE SKID KIDS lasted a respectable five-and-a-half year run from
1966 to 1971 before skidding to a stop. Written by FRED BAKER, the
strip was drawn by DAVID PAGE and then COLIN SQUE, more
famous as the artist on ROY OF THE ROVERS.
WALLY WHALE AND WILLY WINKLE was another Reg Parlett-
drawn strip which only lasted about five months. It was later reprinted
Don't forget to tune in again for Part Three - Coming soon!
See Part Three at: http://kidr77.blogspot.com/2012/05/buster-son-of-andy-capp-part-three.html