the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
you ever wondered what it is that stops
things from working properly?"
So asks Steve Bell in this anarchic strip starring
a band of
misbehaving, riotous little ink blots who wrought
upon a poor lad called Gilbert. Those Gremlins
the footsteps of The Little Monsters, those mischievous
mites from Monster Fun Comic, only these jackpot stars
were infinitely more destructive...
In their first appearance (Jackpot #1) they destroy
ink pen and his bike before undermining the work he
with his father, decorating the house...
That Gremlin with the hat, top right, is Grasping
Gremlin. There was also a viking-hatted blot called
Grizelda Gremlin, and Greasy Graham Gremlin, Gruesome
Greta Gremlin, Grotty Gregory Gremlin, and Gormless
Gremlin - not that you could really tell these
little blots apart
from one another!
Steve Bell has since gone on to a bountiful career
in the broadsheets. Notably, cartooning for The
Meanwhile, Trivia Hounds might like to know
that the first
strips were reprinted without fanfare in the first
of Big Comic, in June 1988...