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was a charming, innocent young lad. Butter wouldn't melt
in his mouth, you know. But peanuts would. You see,
Guy had a thing about peanuts. Give him one and the old
"wibble-wobbles" would start. The next you
know, he's gone
and transformed himself into a rampaging, fifteen
foot tall gorilla!
Remarkably, Guy was somehow able to keep his big secret
from his mum and Dad, who simply couldn't understand
this hulking great ape would keep turning up iun the
of their shopping expeditions, or when they went visiting
or any number of their everyday haunts. His friends
copped it. And after he'd returned to normal, Guy would
invariably cop it back from his pals, incensed at his
Guy in gorilla form would terrify the bejezus out of
his Mum and
dad. Indeed, Mum would lose her hat and Dad would eject
false teeth with fright!
In the 1984 Whizzer & Chips Annual, we discovered
interesting role reversal. An elephant at the local
Guy's peanuts and turns into a boy!
And then there was Guy's encounter with a forlorn ickle
a park bench one day. It turned out she was transformed in
giant frog whenever she tasted prawns (or prawn cocktail
Coo, it must be catching...
Guy Gorilla takes its title from that of Guy the Gorilla,
Zoo's famous resident silverback who was something of
celebrity in the 60s/70s. He was often profiled on kids
shows and natural history productions.
Gosh, what a simple idea for a strip. And what a simply
execution. This was tooned by the marvellous master
Tom Paterson, who enlivened each and every panel with witty
asides, snoozing cats, pongy socks, and much gleeful jibbering,
as you might expect. But what made it even more fun was the
juxtaposition of size and mayhem. Quite frankly, no
manic mayhem better than Mr Paterson!
In his gorilla form, Guy became a gigantic rampaging lunatic,
crushing cars and constructions and sending his wee parents,
townsfolk and various unfortunates fleeing for their
And let's face it, there's nowt like a nerdling nerk in a gibbering
panic to get you smiling!