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Take over toons

He might be a little bear who is always full of fun (everyone sing his name, you too Mrs Finch) but Rupert Bear took the spotlight from one of his pals. When the Daily Express wanted a comic feature to rival the Daily Mail’s Teddy Tail and the Daily Mirror’s Pip, Squeak and Wilfred (remember that name), the challenge…

Daedalus down

The Guardian has reported the death of science humourist and chemist David Jones. A contributor to the New Scientist for around thirty years, his Daedalus column devised new technologies and scientific breakthroughs. There was always a snag, however, every advance was designed to fail before the end of the page. Never…

And now, a cartoon ...

This makes me feel old. Something I miss in these ultra modern, whiz-bang fast all you can eat days of wall-to-wall 24-hour television is the unscheduled cartoon. Not that there weren’t scheduled cartoons, but back in the days when we only had three channels, EPGs didn’t exist, there would be odd moments when shows…

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Hold the Front Page

One of the conceits of TV Century 21, a top selling British comics weekly of the 1960s was its pose as a newspaper of the future. Each issue had a dramatic headline, salacious stop press flashes, and pseudo-news stories that teased the adventures of Troy Tempest, Steve Zodiac, Lady Penelope, the Tracy Brothers, the…