Friday, December 10, 2010
Greedy Pigg returns!
He was the teacher with the voracious appetite, forever finding ways to snatch food from his pupils, and now he's back for one week only. Greedy Pigg, who debuted in The Dandy in 1965 makes a guest appearance in Kid Cops in the current Dandy (No.3514) which is in the shops now.
I always admired the slapstick of George Martin's Greedy Pigg strips in the 1960s and how Mr.Pigg would often come a cropper in his pursuit of food. In reviving the character for this one-off appearance I've tried to make him look as close to the original as possible without making it look like I'm ghosting George Martin's style too much to avoid a clash of styles.
Kid Cops often turn the tables on bullies and authority figures so when I wanted a greedy teacher in the strip it seemed natural to re-use a classic character. He's still dressed as he was in the 1960s but minus his mortar board as I thought that might confuse modern readers. (In retrospect perhaps I should have kept it.) I'm under no illusions that it's anywhere near the brilliance of George Martin's version but I hope you like it.
The rest of this week's Dandy continues with the new look that was introduced several weeks ago, featuring Nigel Parkinson on Harry Hill's Adventures in TV Land, Jamie Smart on Pre-Skool Prime Minister, and a full page Korky the Cat by Phil Corbett plus much more. Next week will be the bumper Christmas issue, and "bumper" is the operative word. It's to have 76 pages of all-new material, making it the biggest Dandy ever.
Speaking of Christmas, the festive issue of The Beano is out now, with 48 pages plus a pile of free gifts including a Beano Beanie to keep your head warm in this weather. Lots of special treats inside the comic, including a 12 page Bash Street Kids strip by Nigel Parkinson, a Fred's Bed game by Tom Paterson, a look back at Christmas Beano strips on the 1950s and 1960s, and a fantastic Beano poster by Dave Sutherland.
Due to the harsh weather conditions some areas have not received their copies of Dandy and Beano yet but hopefully they'll arrive soon.