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Friday, 5 June 2015
IT'S A KIND OF MAGIC...
MAGIC COMIC, launched in 1939, lasted for only 80 issues,
due mainly to paper shortages caused by the Second World War.
However, it had an impact far beyond its lifespan, in that one of its
characters was revived for The SPARKY in 1965, and then turned
up later in The TOPPER. PETER PIPER is the strip we're talking
about, drawn originally by DUDLEY D. WATKINS in Magic and
then VIC NEIL in Sparky, with other artists taking over the
artistic duties in subsequent years.
As you can see, Watkin's Peter looks like OOR WULLIE,
and is nothing like the Sparky interpretation, which is the one
I remember and regard as the 'real' one. No doubt some parents
who'd read Magic as kids threw up their hands in despair when they
saw what Sparky had done to their childhood favourite, much like I
did when DENNIS The MENACE and ROGER The DODGER's
dads were updated in The BEANO. (Although it has to be said
that their original 'look' had been established for many years
longer than Peter's initial Magic run, so the situation isn't
quite as comparable as it seems.)
So, enjoy seeing Peter's first Magic appearance in the
'30s, and comparing it to an example of his longer-lasting
Sparky strip in the '60s. Interesting stuff, eh?
Posted by Kid at Friday, June 05, 2015