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A Nice Life
was a take on tv's "The Good Life", that hugely
popular BBC sitcom about a middle-class couple turning
"green"and becoming self-sufficient in suburbia
- much to
their chagrin of their snooty neighbours...
In this version, the Nice family consisted of father
Barbara ("Babs") and their two kids.They upped-sticks
their safe suburban lives to go live in a gypsy caravan.
Next door were the Jones - Oliver ("Olly"), Maddie
son Roddy. The Jones couldn't bear the sight of the
family who kept pigs and livestock in the garden and used
their billy goat - called Dustbin - and a wagon as their
But of course, this was a Fleetway strip so the tables
always turned on the old snobs, leaving them with their
upturned noses out of joint.
It's A Nice Life was a somewhat lazy concept, coming
it did, straight from tv. But it actually proved rather
surviving right through the three-year run of Jackpot
into the pages of Buster. Up until mid-'86 the strip
double-page affair too. Towards the end of its appearances,
however, things got messy.
You see, when Nipper merged with Buster in September 1987,
It's A Nice Life disappeared one week prior to the event.
on the week of the merger, the strip was one of the four
featured in a promotion announcing it to be in
"next week". Only now, It's A Nice Life was being
as just plain Nice Life, and - well - suffice it to
say, the writing
was on the wall and the strip disappeared altogether
a few scant weeks. Mind you, reprints then began to
in Buster Monthly and the rest of those Fleetway repeats
- there's a sneaky reference here. It's Stan Nice and
Ollie Jones, right? Stan and Ollie. And Ollie was always
getting himself in a fine old mess, courtesy of Stan.
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