Monday, 12 January 2015

THE PRICE OF CELEBRITIES...


Images copyright D.C. THOMSON

Oo-er!  Here's a strip you're not likely to see reprinted again.
See what happens when you go down the 'celebrity-reference'
route?  It rebounds and bites you right on the @rse!  How many
other ticking time-bombs are waiting to explode, I wonder?

16 comments:

Colin Jones said...

It could be worse - it could have been Jimmy Saville. When I'm looking through BBC Genome I notice things like Jim'll Fix It and the Rolf Harris show and I half expect these programmes to be deleted at some point as if they'd never existed, I hope nobody actually does that as these shows existed and you can't change history. BBC 4 shows old Top of the Pops editions from the '70s (actually I think they've now moved on to 1980) and every 3 or 4 weeks an edition of TOTP mysteriously doesn't appear which I assume is because that week's show was presented by Jimmy Saville or Dave Lee Travis or whoever else has been arrested lately - surely they could edit out those presenters if it's such a big deal. Personally I watch the show to see the music acts and I couldn't care less who presented it on a particular week in 1978. It's a shame that Saville got away with it (and he even had a knighthood) but the past can't be changed - it seems a bit silly now to pretend he was never on TV.

Kid said...

I think they have edited out some presenters in a few episodes, CJ. And I betcha a cartoon Savile did appear in The Beano or some other comic at some time over the years.

John Pitt said...

But let us not victimise Jimmy Saveloy in Oink! HE never did anything!

Kid said...

Indeed - and one of the things he didn't do was make me laugh.

Ken said...

Seeing old clips of Saville, and now knowing what a depraved sexual monster he was, I find to be genuinely chilling. I am sure that Saville must have turned up in advertising in comics at some point.

Ken.



Kid said...

I'm almost sure that I saw Savile in a Minnie the Minx strip, Ken, but I could be wrong. It's more than likely that he did turn up in some comic strips 'though, not to mention ads.

Mr Straightman said...

There was a weird Bash Street Kids strip where it was revealed that there was a black sheep in teacher's family - a pop star (imagine Teacher with a platinum blond shoulder-length wig) called 'Fred Snurge' who was the absolute spit of Jimmy Savile. 'Snurge' is Northern English slang, so I'm told, for someone who sniffs bicycle seats...

Kid said...

Do such creatures exist? (Saddle-sniffers, I mean.) Weird.

Jimmy Edwards had his own weekly strip in Buster (I think) and I seem to recall that he was (later) involved in a rent-boy scandal, so it's really nothing new I suppose, Lee.

Arfon Jones said...

Sad times, tarnished much like Wow! ‘s Magic Brushes promotional pages...Topper had ‘Willie Fixit’ in the late 80’s

Kid said...

Was that tied in to Savile 'though, AJ? I always thought it was just word-play - will he fix it? Sad times indeed.

Arfon Jones said...

Based on him though, he had blond hair, tracksuit and trainers, medal around his neck (complete with red ribbon) as he tried to ‘fix it’ for people- rarely getting it right...

Kid said...

Ah, right. I remembered the name, but not what the character looked like. I suppose it would be possible to revive the strip, but with a totally different look and him trying to fix problems he encounters, rather than other people's. Too good a name to waste.

Arfon Jones said...

Possibly. It’s awful how the rot has set throughout all we that hold dear :(

Kid said...

Sad, really. How can we retain our happy memories of childhood and at the same time jettison any respect or admiration we may have had for these people? All our lives have been blighted to some extent. Even worse for the physical victims, obviously.

Arfon Jones said...

I hate saying it, because as you say it's worse for the victims. We have been watching Morecambe & Wise and the Good Life dvd's over Christmas and each time ‘their’ names are mentioned the situation has completely different aspect about it that makes us squirm. Horrible-Horrible :(

Kid said...

And there's probably more revelations to come. Sigh.

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