the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
loved books, simple as that. Each strip would see
him solving problems, aiding and abetting folk
scoring one over Bad Guys and bullies with the
aid of his
novels, hardbacks, paperbacks and publications.
victory was achieved simply as a consequence
of having read
an article, or via some obscure association. The
reading can be helpful, and informative, and fun
and - well -
just an all-round good thing to do...
Anyways, an essentially dull strip concept actually
through, thanks to Sid Burgon's fine penmanship and
conscious effort to not make the star too
it wasn't always plain sailing (or reading?). Bookworm's
bookish ways regularly got him into hot water
parents and teachers...
was introduced to Whoopee! in April 1978.
He joined the line-up in the same week as Dick
Back To Front Man. Dick stole the headlines in
build-up, and Bookworm was somewhat sidelined.
book-lover had the last laugh. Whilst Dick came
in a very short time, Bookworm went from strength to
He was ever-present in the weekly comics up to,
the merger with Whizzer & Chips in March 1985,
subsequently became an honourary Chip-Ite, and
to appear each week in the Chips section
By this time Barry Glennard was sharing duties
strip, and a bunch of reprints werre popping up, but
you had to tip your hat to this well-read survivor.
In 1983, Bookworm was given the ultimate Fleetway
when he got star billing on the Whoopee! annual.
for a wordy nerd, eh?
or Book Worm?
Over the years, the publishers alternated between
billing and a two-word turn for our star. But
when he first
appeared, he was simply a one-word character,
stick to that here on Fleetway St...