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Barney wore a jacket plastered hem to collar to
sleeve tip with metal pin badges. These badges
spring into life, become operable or morph themselves
into umpteen shapes or sizes in accordance with
the images, or slogans, on the front of each badge....
In WOW! #1 we see how Barney aquired this fantastic
badge collection. Our boy arrives late for a local
checks the contents of an old bag of jumble and gets
shredded by a swarm of clothing-hungry moths. A creepy
stallholder then offers him a box of badges to hold
Barney exits the jumble sale without seeing the
vanishing into the ether behind him. Then, in
the street, he has
a nasty encounter with a badge-grabbing bully
who steals his
"Heavy Rock" badge, only to find he
can't lift it! Barney finds the
badge to be light as a feather. This angers the
bully who makes
to clout him with a tin can - but Barney's "Anti-Litter"
suddenly expands and saves the day!
Barney's Badges cashed in on the early eighties trend
collecting pin badges and gave artist Terry Bave freedom
create a myriad of relevant badges and mottos to use
myriad of situations. But our Barney still looked fairly
ridiculous, garbed in all those metal circles.
I'm not sure when the strip ended, but I do know that
made the leap from WOW! to Whoopee! when the titles
merged in July 1983. However, a decade later Barney
in Whoopee!'s 1993 Summer Special as a one-off appearance
in full colour. Trivia Hounds will note that the artist's
on this one reads: "Terry & Sheila Bave"...