Monday, November 22, 2010
Radio Fun. It's smokin'!
Rather than have a month's Blog Break as intended, I might do a few very brief posts, such as this one, for a while whenever I get five minutes.
Here's the cover of Radio Fun No.560, dated July 2nd 1949 in which Ben Warris seeks to satisfy his craving for a smoke!
If a strip such as this appeared in a children's comic today there'd be an uproar, with shops refusing to stock it and, no doubt, a media outrage. Yet in 1949, in more innocent times, the cover strip is all about smoking with no ill effects. Some damage to health was always known but just a year later the link between smoking and lung cancer would be discovered. Even then scenes of characters enjoying a smoke didn't vanish from British comics altogether. (Corporal Clott was still enjoying a fag in The Dandy ten years later.)
In the late 1960s there was an anti-smoking campaign in UK comics, which I mentioned on my blog a while ago. You can see the strips here: