Saturday, 2 November 2019

GUY FAWKES POPS IN FOR - WELL, WHADDYA KNOW - BONFIRE NIGHT...


Copyright REBELLION

This is part three of the WHIZZER & CHIPS (#3) Hallowe'en/Guy Fawkes issue from 1969.  We've already seen the complete contents of the Whizzer section, so this time around, let's focus on the first 9 pages of the Chips part of the periodical. It has to be 9 instead of 8 because of a two-page story occupying the middle pages, so it'll be a mere 7 pages next time, Criv-ites.  Don't worry though, you won't feel short-changed because I'll throw in the free gift of the Guy Fawkes mask as well.








6 comments:

Hackney Steve said...

Lovely Reg Parlett 'Harry' strip...I love the fact that he seems to be as much bedsheet as spook - not only has he got his patch, but he's hung himself on the line in the last panel! The internal logic's a bit wonky...if he can go through walls, why can't he make the water go through him? Mustn't overthink this stuff too much, I loved his strip as a kid and still do! Ta muchly for posting it...

Kid said...

The strips seldom made sense, HS. For example, Harry would be hungry and go in search of a nosh-up - but ghosts can't get hungry, nor can they eat food because it would go right through them. Still, if the readers didn't overthink things, the strips were funny.

Hackney Steve said...

I dunno about that Kid. Harry must maintain his human motivations or he wouldn't be so attached to his house...therefore, he would still get excited at the idea of a Christmas feed, for example, even though he doesn't actually need it...just performing a ritual cos he did it in life. Also, to stretch a point, if he only 'eats' meat, he could be feeding on the spirits of turkeys, etc? Hey Rebellion, why don't you reprint this surprisingly deep strip?

Kid said...

It's not a human motivation to haunt a house though, is it? And Harry does it as though it's an occupation rather than a compulsion. It's not even clear whether Harry actually lived in the house when he was alive. And though it's possible that he might get excited at the idea of a feed, he wouldn't be able to eat it, which is at odds with what's been portrayed in the strip. It's really only the ones drawn by Reg Parlett that would be worth reprinting, and I'm not sure there would be enough of them to fill a volume.

Hackney Steve said...

Heh,heh and a extra heh for luck! I'd argue it is very much a human motivation - a chunk of your blog is concerned with revisiting and coveting old homes that you once lived in, so surely it is a human compulsion to feel some claim on a former home? It might not be blatant that Harry died there - it's a kid's comic after all - but surely it's implied? Why else would he be so obsessed with living there?

Kid said...

Might be a human motivation, HS, but remember - ghosts aren't human. And revisiting and coveting old homes might be MY compulsion, but it's hardly standard going by so many other people's lack of a similar motivation. Why else would he be so obsessed with living there? Because even a ghost (it would seem) needs a home - even if it's only to haunt. After all, it's their duty.