Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Christmas Comics: BIMBO (1961)
Remaining in 1961 for now here's a blog post on Bimbo comic celebrating its first Christmas (unless the previous week's issue was also seasonal, as had been the case with TV Express). Bimbo was DC Thomson's comic for early readers, preparing them for The Beano when they were a little older. (Personally I rarely bothered with "nursery comics" as they were known, going straight to The Dandy and TV Century 21 instead).
The front and back covers were by the great Dudley D. Watkins, artist of Desperate Dan and The Broons amongst many others. With a skilled, adaptable style he could turn his hand to comics for any ages and was perfect for the Tom Thumb strip.
Only 6 of Bimbo's 20 pages were in full colour. Here's the Cinderella centrespread strip, expanding on the original fairytale with Cinders meeting other fairytale folk. I don't know who the artist is unfortunately but it's a nice job.
Here's Bimbo himself, yes it's a boy, back in the days before the name took on another meaning. Artwork by Bob Dewar...
Bill Ritchie had two pages in the comic. One was Baby Crockett and the other was Pip the Penguin. Most of you are familiar with the former character, so here's Pip...
Next: Forward in time... but to when?