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Lott and Tony Broke
Ivor Lott (I've a lot) was a filthy rich brat who lived
luxurious surroundings of Lott Hall. Next door lived
Broke (Stone broke) in Broke Cottage. Threadbare
had barely a shilling to his name. Ivor, meanwhile, couldn't
resist flashing his immense wads of cash around town
every opportunity. He was determined to run his
neighbour and indeed, everyone else in Cortown, in to
ground and out of town...
Tony lapped up life's little pleasures when e'er he
and thanked the stars for small mercies, whilst Ivor would
simply drive his limo straight through them. Anything
could do, Ivor could do better - way, way better.
But - hey - this is a Fleetway strip we're talking about,
matter how much money Ivor spent, no matter what cash-rich
scheme he invested in, his plans would backfire spectacularly.
The mesasage being (of course) that money just can't
buy happiness after all...
In the very first Cor!! strip, drawn by Reg Parlett,
a rather more bitter character, glum and despairing
antics of Ivor. Young master Lott arrives at school in a
limo. He has waiters serving him a slap-up school dinner,
and a butler dressing him for Games. Even when he's caught
cheating during cross country (he sneaks a lift in his
Ivor comes up trumps: the wads of pocket money in his back
pocket protect his backside from a severe caning!
As the strip developed, Tony grew into a far more likeable
chap, happier with his - er - "lot" in life.
grew ever more outrageously cash-happy. His wild
schemes often culminated in the utter destruction of
Lott Hall. And that left him at the mercy of his
Although Ivor was very-much an onlooker, preferring
people to carry out his immense endeavours, just occasionally,
he displayed an extraordinarily violent streak - usually
at poor Tony. Psychologists would surely have a field
deciphering Ivor's violence as a form of jealously and
But the rest of us simply wonder why Tony didn't beat
bugger to a pulp and move on!
The little contrasts bewtween the two stars were terrific:
uniform was always scuffed and slightly too short for
limbs. Ivor, meanwhile had a terrific eyes closed haughtiness,
always sneering down his nose, with his thumbs out of
When Cor!! merged with Buster Ivor and Tony jumped titles.
And there they stayed, a rock-solid fixture in Buster through
the 70s, 80s and 90s right up until the very last issue
of the comic, in January 2000.
These two were Fleetway cover stars too. They took over Cor!!
duties from Gus the Gorilla in 1977 and maintained their
status all the way through to 1986 when the Cor!! annuals
finished their run. Needless to say, they graced numerous
Cor!! specials as well. And what's more, alongside the
appearances came regular Buster Annual strips - now
popularity for you!
In the first Parlett-drawn strips, Tony and Ivor occasionally
competing affections for young Lady Cynthia. But we had to
until 1982 before the duo actually found themselves "girlfriends".
Milly O'Naire and
Penny Less were Jackpot's female take on the
strip,and they arrived when Jackpot merged with Buster.
the quartet cooked up the longest title ever to have
Lott and Tony Broke with Milly O'Naire
and Penny Less"
girls hung around until 1987, when Ivor and Tony went
it alone once more.
more can one say about Ivor and Tony? - These two were
Fleetway icons through-and-through, as recognisable
Buster, Jackpot and Sweeny Toddler.
They were at the
front of a whole wave of have/have-not creations, like
and Lazy Loafers, Fit Fred
and Sick Sid, Tough Nutt and
Softly Centre -
the list goes on. The three core artists, Reg
Parlett, Crocker and Sid Burgon each added their
twists and variations to the character design, and created
a classic Fleetway strip to treasure....