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Creature Teacher was a big bug-eyed mass of monster
gelatine created by Mr Fume, the Science Teacher at
Massacre Street School. The Headmaster needed this
creepy creation in order to teach the unruly members
of Class 3X. Those unruly pupils were lead by hooded
maestro Blotchy, who regularly coerced the likes of
Litterbug Len, Greasy Gus and Disaster Doris into
disruptive action. Additional class mates were introduced
as each story demanded - hence we had Trannie Terry
who grooved to his rockin' radio, Long-Arm Lenny who
was handy at Javelin, Kopycat Kid the Massacre St.
mimic and Piggy, Podger and numerous others...
counter the ever-scheming class, Creature Teacher
had to be something of a metamorphic creation. On
occasion he could produce many tentacle arms, each
grasping a cane to thrash the kids with, or he could
to super-size - turning in to a creature larger than even
school itself (Monster Fun issue 16)!
In Monster Fun issue 15 Teacher revealed a new secret
ability when he transformed into a Bat-Monster for the first
He became a Caterpillar Monster and a Bouncing Ball
in issue 22. In issue 32 he transformed into an angular
Ice-Monster, and in issue 50 he became a Giant Excavator
The Headmaster's initial idea was to have Creature Teacher
teach the kids for a finite time, until they'd been calmed
but things never never seemed to work out as planned.
Every replacement teacher would be driven out of the class
by Blotchy and the gang. Mr Digweed was turned into
gibbering wreck in issue 12, Miss Peabody fled in issue
and the School Inspector Mr Snitch couldn't pluck up
the courage to return to Massacre Street for two years!
In issue 13, Mr Fume was put to work with his acid bath
steam chambers once more to create a second creepy school
master. But his Monster Master simply went on a rampage,
thrashing everyone and everything in sight until CT
A new idea was instigated in issue 51, when the best-behaved
boy in the school - Simon Snitcher - was introduced
to 3X with
the notion that some of his goodliness would rub off
and his pals. Fat chance! Though Simon hung around for
issues, his work was in vain...
As you can gather, Creature Teacher was a star strip
Monster Fun, drawn throughout its run by the late Thomas
Williams. The Hound reckons this was his best strip too,
topping even his work on Tiny Tycoon.
Teacher Trivia Hounds should track down Monster Fun 31
which included a fab full-colour CT centre-page poster. And
should check out Monster Fun 20 + 21 which featured a
two-part tale concerning a football match between Massacre
Street School and their snobby rivals Highbrow School...