the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
Art was a lucky fella. He had his very own art
gallery which featured paintings which would come
to life to
cause mischief mirth and mayhem at will...
What was even more bizarre was how, each week,
paintings would be different, and yet they all
still came to life.
Maybe it wasn't the paintings which were magic,
but the room
they were hung in? It was, perhaps, the smallest
ever seen. Just a single room with 3-4 paintings
side wall and one at the head of the room.
Art occupied a double-page spread in Monster
week. And when it was first published, the bottom
strip was given over to a weekly gallery of readers'
with the piggybank-busting prize of £1 for winning
submissions - Cor!
As Monster Fun continued, however, Art's strip was
to a single page and, sadly, the Potty Pictures
abandoned. He made his last appearance in issue
making way for the launch of that toothless terror
deep, Gums, in issue 35. But luckily for us, the
retained for the Monster Fun Annuals, appearing each
year from the first edition in 1977. At
least one more
appearance followed, though, in a 1993 Whoopee!