the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
as he was officially known, The 12 1/2p Buytonic Boy.
A take on
the mega-successful tv series "6 Million Dollar Man",
Krazy's alternative tale starred a young lad,
Steve Ford, who
crashed his go-kart in to a lamp-post and purchased
bottle of vitamin tonic pick-me-up from a whiskery
gent called Professor Nutz. "It's yours for
just half a dollar" says the
Professor "That's twelve and a half pence
in decimal money!".
The Professor's' tonic gives our Steve super-strength,
and agility. But, alas, no super-wits. Firstly, he
talks to leering
old men on the street. Then he buys unlabelled bottles
them and gulps down their contents - Crikey, if
you did that
round my way now, you'd cop it! - Anyways, Steve at
the sense to put his powers to good use. For the first
weekly strips he operated independently, sorting
and aiding folk he stumbled upon.
Later on, the concept was taken further and Steve was
as an agency super-spy for the Ever-So-Secret Service
sent out to catch an array of NME spies and mega-bullies
Queen and Country. Each strip now began with a similar
introductory panel as Steve rushed to HQ to be
by the Chief:
*Sigh* - That 1/2p reference really dates the
strip, doesn't it?
Well Fleetway obviously thought so too. The monetary
reference was later dropped and the strip retitled
as the Buytonic Boy. Then, in later Whizzer &
appearances, the strip lost its Buytonic reference
and changed to the far-less-flashy title of Super
Later again, in 1985, it was expanded to Super Steve
NME Nasties. Funnily enough, the title changes eventually
went full circle. In the Best of Whizzer & Chips
published in the late 80s, the strip regained
original title once more - 1/2p and all!
As for Annual appearances, the Buytomic Boy starred
Krazy and Whizzer & Chips editions - although
I've yet to
establish if he appeared in the entire Krazy run...
99.9% of the Buytonic strips were drawn by Robert Nixon,
but Trivia Hounds may like to note that "cheeky"
Frank McDiarmid picked up the pen for the last
of that ten year run. That's Frank's version of Steve,
Steve's last ever weekly appearance was in Whizzer
dated 8th Feb 1986. He was replaced by another super
young hero, Town Tarzan...