Crivvens! - The Broons are Scotland's
First Family, a bawdy bunch who have
inhabited No. 10 Glebe Street since 1936.
The extended family includes
Maw and Paw Broon, Granpaw Broon, big
Daphne Broon, bookish Horace,
hunky Joe Broon, glamorous Maggie, lanky
Hen Broon, the Broon twins and
'the wee bairn'. They're quintessential working
class clansfolk, regularly hard-up
but always rich with love and laughter
and language - indeed, their broad
dialect can be almost impenetrable
to us southern fearties.
The gang first appeared in the pages of Scotland's
Sunday Post newspaper,
where they still feature each week, almost
eighty years on, but they're also
just as well known for their annual appearances.
DC Thomson have published
Broons Annuals since 1939, alternating them
each year with that young Scots
Wullie (although they paused during WWII owing to a paper shortage).
The strips were intially drawn by the
late great comics genius that was Dudley
Watkins. After his death in 1969 the publishers
made do with reprinted strips
until 1979 when other artists were drafted
in, principally Ken H Harrison -
another comics genius. Broons strips are
always handsomely staged and
detailed, in the classic comics tradition
with full-bodied figures. The times may
have changed but the Broons remain irrascibly
old-fashioned, even though
newer strips have embraced the likes of
Nintendoes, nightclubs and karaokes.
For many northern folks the Broons are
as Scottish as Irn Bru, stovvies, and
Hogmanay, and you know, that's nae bad