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comic strips and
puppets in the UK
one in every class isn't there? - A loon with a
giant cow lick haircut, orange-red sports jacket and
squirty flower. Joker liked playing tricks on people.
In fact, he never stopped. In school, in the playground,
in the staff room, in the shopping centre - wherever
went, Joker would be setting off stink bombs, covering
people in flour, soaking them with water, etc, etc.
Some times the jokes worked very well indeed. At others,
they'd backfire spectacularly and Joker would wind up in
the headmaster's office for a caning, or hed be chased
out of town.
There was an interesting twist on his trickery whenever
Miss Honey Potts featured in the strip. She was the curvy
History Teacher so adored by Joker's classmates. When
she was around, the class would unite against his pranks,
so he'd be acting up on his own. Funny that. A growing lad
preferring his tricks to a shapely woman...
Mind you, you'd never pull a lass in that orange jacket,
It's often forgotten that, at the start of the 70s,
the cover star of Knockout. The strip was one of the
few to be continued when the comic merged with Whizzer
& Chips. Joker became an honourary Whizz-Kid and proved
popular with the readership. So much so that, by the
the colourful prankster had become a weekly cover star
over again - and impressed a whole new generation with
his "luverly" orange blaser. And all this was happening
alongside regular appearances on the cover of the Knockout
annuals which Fleetway continued to produce until the
mid-80s - seven star turns in all - and that's no joke!