the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
Doodle was a stick man who existed, literally,
on a page.
Each week he'd been drawn into life by an artist's
and his world created around him.
The very first strip involved Doodle being "doodled"
first time by Mr Artist. He bragged about himself,
his loud mouth wiped out with Mr Artist's eraser. Then
was given a kilt, jigged about, and was squished
So that first strip was very simple, just doodle
on his page
interacting with the hand. But it set the scene for
ongoing sparring match between Doodle and his
and the panels and stories became ever more complex
and inventive. Doodle's artist was, in effect, the
God, building up his world, then tearing it down
as he saw fit.
Mr Artist was in fact cartoonist Bob Hill, and
harked back to the very earliest toon days of Winsor
McCay and Gertie the Dinosaur, Felix the Cat and
Coco the Clown. Doodle's world was always changing.
Objects would evolve from panel to panel, with
surprising results along the way. Unlike, say,
who popped up on Tony Hart's art desk a few year's
later, Doodle's world was infinite. That's him
coming a cropper whilst hunting the Yeti!
Sadly this unique strip star didn't hang around
The Comics Gods conspired to erase him from the
Whizzer section of Whizer & Chips, early in 1976...