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Wednesday, 20 May 2015
WOTTA BEEZER! DUDLEY D. WATKINS & BILL RITCHIE COMIC STRIPS...
Take a luverly DUDLEY DEXTER WATKINS cover, add a
couple of interior GINGER strips - and then tack on an awful head
shot by another artist to one of them to almost ruin the page. Ugh!
What was DCT thinking? At least they avoided the same mistake on
the second strip. The BEEZER Annual for 1969 is in full colour
and is a nice little package, sure enough. And only 8/6.
The two pages below are unusual for D.C. THOMSON -
a team-up, starring SMIFFY and BABY CROCKETT - two
usually separate strips, but both regularly drawn by artist BILL
RITCHIE. Baby also appeared in the nursery comic BIMBO,
and then LITTLE STAR, which replaced Bimbo in 1972.
Regarding Smiffy, I remember finding a DCT adventure
comic (HOTSPUR or VICTOR) in a hedge on the way home
from school one day in 1964 or '65. It was open at a Smiffy page
and that was the first time I recall seeing Bill Ritchie's style, which
made an impression on me. Can anyone confirm that Smiffy did
appear in one of the adventure comics? Perhaps it was only a
one-off, but I'm pretty sure that I did see it.
Anyway, read on, MacDuff!
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, May 20, 2015