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and the Lazy Loafers
yes, this was that old Fleetway favourite concept
playing "haves" against "have-nots".
In this version Colonel
Crust and his wife had it all, and Dumpy and Tich wanted
some for themselves - with minimum effort. They
forever scheming up ways to get into Crust Lodge and
partake of their over-stuffed pantry and perishables...
This was as socially aware as Fleetway ever got, ridiculing
the Uppers who were so mean-spirited, and championing
layabout Loafers. But of course, both sides were equally
ridiculous: The Crusts should have been more forthcoming
with their wealth (earned or inherited? - we're not
And those layabout Loafers could surely do something
earn their keep?
What's more, a Restraining Order would have sorted
Dumpy and Tich out in a jiffy.
Still, there was lots of buffonning fun to be
had, with the
bally Colonel thinking nothing of weilding a sword
a shotgun against his good-for-nothing intruders!
The Crusts and the Loafers first appeared in Whoopee!
and were drawn by Fleetway supremo Reg Parlett.
those fun comic years he repeated the trick several
times, courtesy of Ivor
& Tony, Fred &
Sid and more...