the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
even for Fleetway, this was a surprise. Adam and Eva
was a take on the religious tale of the Garden of Eden,
the two leads resembling younger versions of our biblical
In each strip, the Serpent would attempt to coax them
eating apples from the Tree of Knowledge in the hope
might eventually consume the apple which would cause
downfall. But in fact, all the apples Adam and Eva
consumed worked to their benefit, imparting "bites" of
wisdom which would invariably help the couple out of
This was a truly radical departure for Fleetway for
reasons. First and foremost, the religious leanings
The strip itself never referred to any christian doctrine
but the very concept was steeped in it. The look of
was also different. Paul Ailey's work featured
characters, scant shading and a minimal amount of
Ah, but, then there were the young stars
they were absoloutely stark naked, with ne'er a fig
Now admittedly, there was no "nudeness" on
naughty bits to view. Indeed, Adam and Eva were
hermaphrodite in design, much like those other two
naked strip stars from "Love Is". Even
so, they were clearly
supposed to be younger versions of their
Can you imagine a childrens comic strip featuring "naked"
kids getting past child protection groups today...?
Of course, we shouldn't get carried away. This
was a perfectly
innocent creation at the time, with ne'er a sugggestion
crudity, nudity, or christianity in sight. But still,
what a blunder!
It's an intriguing addition to the Big Fleetway
Book of Faux Pas.
And also, a rare oppurtunity to see the talents
of artist Paul
Ailey. Paul was one of the unsung stars of Fleetway,
"ghosting" for other artists when called
upon. He's also a very
friendly chap who'se been filling in lots of Fleetway
for these pages - Thanks, Paul!