Friday, 30 January 2015
THE ROTTENEST CROOK IN THE WORLD...
If I recall correctly, LEO BAXENDALE never made any
secret of the fact that GRIMLY FEENDISH (brilliant name) was
based on cartoonist CHAS ADDAMS' UNCLE FESTER, from the
ADDAMS FAMILY. Perhaps that's why he never took legal action
over copyright of the character (like he did with D.C. THOMSON) -
he'd surely have been on shaky ground if he'd tried. Grimly was one
of the strips that appeared in the ODHAMS PRESS weekly comic
periodical named SMASH! back in the '60s, and he was the in-
spiration for the song Grimly Fiendish by punk band
THE DAMNED in 1985.
As you'll doubtless have noticed, bald baddie GRU in the
movie DESPICABLE ME bears an uncanny resemblance to
Grimly, but he's more likely to be based on Uncle Fester than he is
on Feendish himself. Anyway, I don't think the accompanying four-
page strip from the 1967 SMASH! Annual is by Leo Baxendale,
but it'll give you a fair idea of the kind of shenanigans that "The
Rottenest Crook in the World" usually got up to in his
weekly criminal expeditions.
Any fond reminiscences of reading Grimly as a boy?
(You, not him.) Then let's hear them, O fellow followers
from fandom. (It's good to share!)
Posted by Kid at Friday, January 30, 2015