the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
was a jolly Batman spoof in which Dick Lane and
Chic Dodds donned feathered costumes and cowls took
their Bird-mobile (or sometimes their Bird-bike) and became
crime-fighting superheroes. Only they fought crime very
badly and were rarely greeted as heroes...
Birdman and Chicken's adventures covered two whole comic
pages and almost all were two-part affairs, with the
installment ending on a suitable cliffhanger.
The motley crew of supervillains they fought were rather
They were topped by
Sourpuss - meow! - she was a Catwoman
spoof and was quite racey, for a Fleetway gal. The other
women in these comics were mostly domineering dragons,
homely mums or tomboys. But this lady had some curves...
Here's a rundown of those other supervillains:
(strong guy, dominated by his wife "The Hunk"/Mabel)
(had a tank with a built-in feather duster)
(old geezer, controlled time)
(young lad, pirate leader)
(a spoof of the Riddler, with a jacket covered in '?'s)
(demon suited villain with robot dustbins)
(a food fouling thief in an insect suit)
(a curvaceous gal in a birdsuit, with a love spray)
(mad man in a surgeon's mask)
The Tremble Twins
(identical Dickensian bullies with bowler hats)
(a mad circus clown)
(a feather-suited fish thief)
Jack the Snipper
(a malevolent barber with sharp and shiny scissors)
(bally-ho chap with a miniature squadron of planes)
(man of a thousand guises)
Nurse Nasty & Doctor Demon
(scurrolous, rampaging NHS workers)
(an arch librarian in a top hat)
(a bad guy dressed as a robotic crustacean)
(an unseen menace with a nasty streak)
Rikki Robb aka Rick Reed
(safebreaker and erstwhile red-hot reporter)
The Red Baron & Hans
(daring airborne thief and his henchman)
(super space-crook, drives an asteroid mobile)
Jack of Diamonds
(the gangster gamester with dice bombs and sharp cards)
(a no-good naughty knave)
(bad guy in an all-black arachnid suit)
strip was drawn by Trevor Metcalfe almost throughout
its weekly run, the exception being a Bookworm Browser
two-parter from the pen of Thomas Williams.
In the very last issue of "Krazy", our dynamic
a manor house playing host to seven of their very archest
of arch-criminals and they yanked them off to jail...
have the coppers chastise the two for filling up their
with too many criminals!
Though they ended their weekly appearances when
"Krazy" merged with "Whizzer & Chips",
pair continued to appear in the "Krazy" annuals and
that Fleetway published into the 80s, with the pen shared
between messrs Metcalfe and Williams once more.
And then, in June 1988, they popped up out of the blue,
in the pages of "Buster" comic for another
But alas, these were simply reprints of those "Krazy"