his name, and he and his wife MARY sent a Christmas card every year
for decades, although I'm unsure whether there's been one in the last
couple of Christmases. I therefore don't know if he's still alive or
not, as he was a good few years older than me.
previous doodles having been done in my former abode.
was because it was the first issue to have the decimal price on the cover.
If so, I probably also had the previous one as it was the last to have the
my half REMBRANDT (modest as ever), and that could well
have been the last time I ever saw him.
once - he didn't have my half with him, so we never got to put the two
halves together again, as was meant to be our custom. Perhaps I'm con-
fusing it with another drawing from an earlier occasion, but I've a notion
it's probably as I think I remember, because I seem to recall my sense
of elation when, weeks or months later, I actually discovered where
I'd stashed his half of our masterpiece. Of course, I suppose it's
always possible that I only dreamt the episode.
want to see the other half, so I asked good ol' Irmy, who dug through
his back issues and found the comic whose cover panel had been cop-
ied back in 1972. I was surprised to see what would've been my half,
on eBay, so here's the front and back covers to help you celebrate
my joyous reunion with a comic from my youth, which, to be honest,
if it hadn't been for Roger's drawing, I'd probably never have remem-
bered in a month of Sundays. Now all I have to do is find out if my
former collaborator is still alive, and see if my part of the drawing
is still tucked away in his wallet. If not, at least now I can re-
create it and send him a copy for old times' sake.
Just in case he's the sentimental type.