MICKY MARVEL'S MULTI-GUN first appeared in the issue dated
for January 20th, 1968, and ended a year later on January 18th, 1969.
The strip was drawn by CARLOS CRUZ GONZALEZ, who had drawn
quite a few features for IPC/FLEETWAY and also D.C. THOMSON.
He was one of the artists who drew DAN DARE in the relaunched
EAGLE back in the '80s.
I've included some ad pages just to give you a taste of the times. Anyone
know how many of these games are still available today? (Probably all of
them...if you haunt the charity shops.)
BIG CHIEF POW WOW was, in some ways, a return to LITTLE
PLUM territory for LEO BAXENDALE. The character debuted in the
cover-dated September 14th, 1968 issue and concluded in the one dated
for January 31st, 1970.
Look at the above ad. Nowadays, a CORGI TOYS MONKEEMOBILE
from the '60s would probably set you back at least a couple of hundred
quid for a good condition model in its original box. Bet you wish you'd
kept yours, eh? Too late, it's gone. Get used to it.
THE HAPPY FAMILY (does such a thing exist these days?) was drawn
by the always excellent REG PARLETT. Apparently, early episodes were
reprints of a strip called THE HARTY FAMILY, which had first appeared
in TV FUN, but whether or not it was based on an actual TV series, I'm far
too lazy to try and ascertain. The strip made its first appearance in Buster
in the cover-dated issue for August 17th, 1968, and took its final bow in
the issue dated January 4th, 1975. Although, whether or not it was an
uninterrupted run, I'm unable to say. ('Cos I don't know.)
Another ad - I doubt the readers were ever too enthused about the
exploits of RACE REVELL, although the model company which
spawned him still exists to this very day.
NUTTY SLACK is a type of coal, as well as a brittle toffee sweet
containing nuts. However, in the case of the character appearing in
Buster, he's exactly what it says on the "tin" - a gentle grappler. First
turning up in the issue dated for September 10th, 1966, he ended his
run in the December 28th, 1968 issue. Drawn by DOUG MAXTED,
who also drew HIS SPORTING LORDSHIP in the new SMASH!
comic from 1969 onwards.
CAPTAIN SWOOP first appeared in a short-lived comic called
GIGGLE (of which I have the bound volume of FLEETWAY file copies
from the period), moving over to Buster when the two comics merged on
January 13th, 1968. (Issue dated 20th.) It was a translated reprint from a
French comic strip, and managed to hold on until the issue dated for April
19th, 1969, whereupon it retired into history. Whether or not the original
strip still runs in France is anyone's guess.
Anyway, there you have it. A complete issue of Buster (minus a
few ads) from 1968. Hopefully, you've enjoyed this glimpse into the
past as much as I enjoyed my red-hot date with SALMA HAYEK
last night. (Whaddya mean dreams don't count?)
See Part Three here.
COMING SOON: The first appearance of SWAMP THING!