the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
was a spooky phantom and inhabitant of a crumbling
property. A friendly spook, as it happened. But
haunt was consistantly interrupted by a merciless,
grabbing Landlord determined to oust the ectoplasm
himself rent on the tenament. Or even, sell the
building on to
property developers for a handsome profit. Of
Landlord's schemes always backfired and Harry was always
still happily ensconced in the building at the end
But when you look at the situation a little more
closely, darn it,
wasn't Harry in the wrong, squatting in the Landlord's
that for all of those years? Harry haunted the
pages of Whizzer
& Chips for a very long time, appearing in the very first
edition in 1969, and continuing in the annuals through
1987 edition - that's a lot of lost rent!
Harry didn't have to tackle the Landlord in every strip,
In fact the first Whizzer & Chips strip featured
with a moustached new owner, whom he quickly sends packing.
After him came numerous other tenants, salesmen, kids, burglars
and builders - but they too were inevitably given the
fled for their lives. Mind you, the extraordinary version
which appeared in the 1981 annual was enough to spook even
the stoutest of souls - yoiks!...