Sunday, 1 October 2017

FAMOUS FIRSTS - SAMMY SHRINK...



From WHAM! #118, cover-dated September 17th 1966, comes the very first appearance of SAMMY SHRINK as drawn by DAVE JENNER.  TERRY BAVE took over drawing the character in issue 151, and continued to draw him for many years afterwards in a variety of periodicals.  This strip, which has been extended on either side of the page to make it wider, was resized into 2 pages and reprinted in the 1973 KNOCKOUT Annual.

Not many people are aware that Sammy started as a full-sized boy before shrinking.  Even Terry Bave evinced surprise at this when I happened to mention it to him the other night.  Was Sammy Shrink one of your favourite strips as a comics-reading lad?  Then tell us why in the comments section.

2 comments:

Lionel Hancock said...

I can remember Sammy Shrink alright, and you are right about him being a normal size boy at the beginning. Honestly I did not remember that..

Kid said...

Terry was telling me that, much later on, Sammy returned to being a normal-sized boy who could shrink at will (but was returned to his permanently shrunk state some time later). Can't quite recall if I ever saw any of those 'normal-sized' stories.

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