the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
strip, part story, this cocky bowler-wearing, bike-riding
detective fumbled his way to investigative success
week in Krazy Comic, much to the chagrin of his bally-ho
Chief. Fumbly was a cross between Inspector Clouseau
and 007, and he never went anywhere without his
pair of bicycle clips...
Fumbly's adventures were actually presented in story
as a page of text with occasional illustrations
- a rare event
for the Fleetway weeklies which ordinarily featured
"fun" strips or "serious"
strips presented in familiar panel
form. The strip's full title was actually Detective
(Nut)Case Book. And the first adventure began thus:
"I was called to an urgent conference in
Chief's room. Sitting opposite him was a little
old lady aged about 135. She wore a black dress,
a green crash-helmet, and yellow wellie-boots
with pink spots. I was surprised - I thought
I had the only pair in town..."
It got worse from there, but you get the gist.
The first 3
adventures were titled thus:
Krazy #1 - The Mystery of Granny's False Teeth
Krazy #2 - Highway Robbery
Krazy #3 - The Stolen Sparkler
Fumbly and the Chief weren't actually depicted in that
story. Instead, the tale was interrupted in bold
"We interrupt this story for a Police
there was a drawing of a policeman telling us
picture which should have been included here had
stolen and that he hoped to recover it before
of the comic - which he did, on the last interior
It turned out Pongo
Snodgrass had stolen the piccy!
Fumbly wasn't always presented in illustrated
In the 1980 Krazy annual, for example, we were
a full-blooded strip cartoon in which the derring detective
took on the frozen menace of Coldfinger:
Should have taken his bicycle clips off, shouldn't
As you can see, it was all quite droll for a Fleetway
and proved to be a efreshing attempt at something different...