Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Foreshadowing

Many of us will remember the strip Me and My Shadow by Sheila and Terry Bave that had a successful run in Whizzer and Chips from the very first issue in 1969, but it wasn't the first humour strip about a living shadow. There was a precedent called Sally Sunshine and her Shadow, drawn by Albert Pease, that appeared in the original Chips in the early 1950s.

Whether or not Sheila and Terry were aware of the earlier strip I don't know, but it's a good concept worth repeating. Sally's shadow was far friendlier towards her than the shadow of the sixties was towards his owner. Here's a couple of strips for comparison. The one above is from Chips No.2962 (dated January 10th 1953) while the one below is from Whizzer and Chips No.2 (dated 25th October 1969). 

4 comments:

STEPHEN ARCHER said...

If I’m not wrong the strip came to a downbeat, not to say shocking end when Shadow collided with a wall and became an ordinary shadow again; I think it was the beginning of 1971 or ’72. I know it wasn’t the last we’d see of Smudger and Shadow as he regained his freedom once again a few years after. Do you know the dates? Cracker’s Jimmy Jest (His Shadow’s a Pest) trod VERY similar ground, with the difference that that pair were not averse to having punch-ups!

Lew Stringer said...

I wasn't a big fan of Whizzer and Chips, Stephen, so I didn't keep many issues. I don't have those I'm afraid. Cracker was out at a time when I'd stopped buying kids' humour comics so I only had the first few issues. Didn't care a lot for it.

STEPHEN ARCHER said...

I think it was about 1970 Shadow ended; it exemplifies the need for an A-Z of W&C such as we already have for Buster. Reread Cracker in British Library yesterday – I’d read it there before – and was struck by how closely Barrie Appleby’s artwork in Branny the Strong-arm Janny resembled Ken Reid’s. There were even kids that looked like that chubby lickle lad Faceache! I wouldn’t be surprised if Appleby’s bosses had told him to deliberately crib Reid’s style; they’d have to have been blind not to have known that Reid was going great guns for ‘the opposition’ at this time. Google Branny (and to a lesser extent Curly’s Commandoes) and see what you think. Might even be worth blogging about…

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, Barrie ghosted Ken on Scorcher a few times. He's clearly influenced by him.

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