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Krazy Gang was Krazy's lead strip. They were a gang
of kids, fashioned after those 70s tv stars the Double-Deckers.
Each member had their own identifying trait, and in
themselves, the gang always seemed to overcome their
agressors, be they 'swag'-shifting burglars, annoying Park
Attendents, rival gangs or parents.
Ed was the leader and Blue his sneaky parrot. Cheeky
the - er - cheeky one. Liz was actually Showbiz Liz
really, really wanted to zig-a-zig-ah - er, be a star
there was Sporty (Spice), the athletic one. Brainy was
indeed, quite brainy. And Freaky. Well, he was a many-eyed,
school tie-wearing, hovering alien. Naturally.
The Gang hung out together in a ramshackle hut in the
of Krazy Town. The centrepages of Krazy #1 displayed a full
colour map of the town, and showed the hut as being on waste
ground between the sports ground and the local pool. Their
main rivals were a sneering trio known as The Brown Street
In their premiere appearance we were introduced firstly
to Ed, who took us to meet the rest of his gang. Regular
Snodgrass also got his nose in before
the gang whizzed off to introduce the rest of Krazy's
strip stars, in turn.
Though the gang were a hit as a whole, it was Cheeky
who leapt to immediate comic fame with the readers and
within a year he had his very own comic, called appropriately,
Cheeky Weekly. You'll find more on him here.
Meanwhile, the Gang survived Krazy's merger with Whizzer
& Chips in 1978, and continued to appear each week
the Chips section of the comic until February 1986, when
they were finally dropped to make room for Town Tarzan...
The Krazy Gang strip successfully generated a number
of regular character cameos - unusual for a Fleetway
creation. And this cameo element was taken to extremes
with Cheeky, when he branched into his own strips and
He had continuing problems with a dysfunctional bladder
which was regularly set off by the gang, to great hysterics.
(Gosh, you couldn't do that now, could you?)
She was a miserable minx who was followed about
by a small black cloud of gloom and rain.
(Oh great, now
we're laying in to those poor folks with depression...)
And then there was Pongo... He was a foul
who bore a passing resemblance in design to Rupert
Pongo wallowed in all things gloriously gooey,
sticky, stinky, mildewed and rotten. He would
on the Gang with mouldy cheese, old socks and
cream which almost always backfired. But Pongo
care, he relished the filth.
Interesting that he was born around the
very same time as
Raymond Brigg's classic mildewed creation, Fungus
Anyway, Pongo eventually got so popular for a
cameo he was given a filth-ridden sidestrip,
in which he concocted all kinds of foul
tricks, jests and japes...