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the Lottery, we had the Pools. And most folks could
only dream of winning that £1m prize. But
Ma and Pa Bumpkin
and the kids, Billy and Daisy, won a whole lot
a £1m. They won billions, and their winnings
out of their ramshackle cottage and into the mansion
of their dreams...
Or nightmares, even.
You see, money simply couldn't buy happiness for
Bumpkins. The foursome were driven to distraction
by the trappings of their winnings. And their
suffered too, because, each strip the family would
up extravagant ways to dispose of their fortune
- much to
his exasperation. They'd fling, lose, gamble,
hand over great bundles of cash, shovel-loads
stones and piles of gold bullion before driving
sunset in the Bumpkin jalopy, believing themselves
to be halfway to penniless bliss...
...Only for their schemes to backfire in the most
ways. Valuations would soar, shares would skyrocket,
would be granted, donations collected and lost
discovered, each making the foursome richer than ever.
Which made for one extra-happy Bank Manager and
wailing wannabe paupers!
The Bumpkins were huge Whoopee! stars. They featured
the very first issue in 1974, and stayed with
the title throughout
its 11 year run, before entering the pages of
Whizzer & Chips.
They eventually found their way into Buster
comic as the
fun comic meltdown continued.
In the earlier comics, Ma Bumpkin often wore a
headscarf which encompassed much of her head. But
as the strips went by this transformed into a plainer
design which preferred to "perch" atop her
Hiding beneath that scarf, in what ever form it
was a rather charming set of hair rollers which
to be a permanent fixture. They'd be exposed when
ever Ma made a cartoon "take", reacting
in horror to
some financial twist - which was rather too often!
One thing that never changed was the Bumpkin's
country dialect. Every exchange was stuffed with
"loikes", "gah"s and "oi"s...
It's interesting to note that those Bumpkins rose
top of the Whoopee! tree at the same time as the
were climbing the UK singles chart. Who can forget,
escape from, their singalong chart-topper "Combine
The "country bumpkin" flavour was maintained
the Bumpkins' reign. The family regularly chewed
and they slept in a manor house over run with
farmyard animals. The pillows and mattreses in their
were stuffed with great bundles of bank notes,
and folks were
forever tripping over great sacks of cash and
By the way, the Bank Manager had an erstwhile
called Miss Wobblethorpe. She was only seen infrequently,
picking up the pieces when a financial scheme
all got too much for her...
Those bank-busting Bumpkins were colour cover
gracing the front
of 10 annuals and 9 Summer Specials:
1977, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1992
1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1991
& Chips Annuals
& Chips Summer Special