Sunday, 4 November 2012
DANNY DARE 'BLASTS OFF'...
As promised, here's another firework-themed strip from WHAM!. This time around it's ol' DANNY DARE, legendary space pilot DAN DARE's #1 fan. One of the things that strikes me about these old strips is how frequently fisticuffs were indulged in. Years ago, my local paper occasionally published the odd strip cartoon by yours truly (for which I was paid), and I remember the editor, MR BARR, rejecting one for being too violent. (This was around 1984.) The panel in question involved a bully receiving one punch to the fizzog by PERCY PROON, YOUR NUMBER ONE LOON (the hero of the strip), and this was regarded as a bit on the rough side for the local paper. Seems it was all right to print stories about muggings, murder and rape, but a single cartoon punch was considered too much for readers' sensibilities.
One thing's for sure - what some of the kids in comics got up to with fireworks on bonfire night back in the '60s would never be countenanced today. Also, consider the bad example set by Danny in the above tale, whereby he profits from selling items thrown out by mistake and which don't belong to him. Nowadays, that second-last panel would be redrawn and relettered to read something like this: "These forks were valuable antiques! I got a reward for returning them to the owners!"
Posted by Kid at Sunday, November 04, 2012