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was a hugely-wealthy businessman with a never-ending
succession of factories and businesses bearing
But he was also an oh-so-tight-fisted father who
to any length to prevent his long-suffering son Archie
spending any of his hard-earned lolly. Trouble was,
he tried to fob Archie off with something ridiculously
consequences would aride which ended up costing
a hefty sum...
Originally, Pop was given a "reet proper"
probably to highlight his working class upbringing,
hands dirty learning the trade, and all that. His firms
ridiculously varied and included such diversities
Lolly Pop Soap Products
Lolly Pop Semolina Co.
Lolly Pop Fish Packing Factory
Lolly Pop Home Help Service
Lolly Pop Foundaries Ltd
Pop's Tar Spraying Company
Pop's Patent Corks (We make corks for everything),
Lolly Pop Novelties Ltd
Lolly Pop Toffee Apples Ltd,
Lolly Pop Bagpipe Factory
The Lolly Pop Building Society,
Lolly Pop Security Co. (We protect anything),
Lolly Pop Plasters Ltd....
Basically, there was a factory or division for
plot twist. And most ended up in rubble after
This was all well and good, but we were never actually
which trade Pop had originally mastered. How had he
his multitudinous wealth? And what about poor
Given the abuse and suffering the lad endured,
he just bump the old git off and swipe the inheritance...?
Pop proved to be a true Fleetway stalwart. The strip
survived the merger between Shiver & Shake
and it was still appearing regularly in The Best of
Monthly in the mid-80s. Pop's luck was also on a roll
annuals. He and Archie started life in the Shiver
editions, but then, in 1979 they were cunningly
the Whoopee! Annuals - very smart, eh?
Hounds might like to note that Archie and Pop
originally had a dog called Julius (ShSh issue
#2). But the
poor old pooch seems to have been dropped after
Also, in the same strip which featured the
Van detail (below)
we learn that the number plate on Pop's limousine reads
LP1000000 - an obvious choice, methinks...
Look closely at the Lolly Pop panel detail in
and you'll find a fantastic hidden revelation:
See?- There's an IPC Cor!! van driving on the
when a runaway crop spraying plane passes overhead.
And then, at the end of the strip we see
the same van
buried in a tangle of motorway wreckage created
duo, and Archie's standing by the pile-up, exclaiming:
"Once again Pop's reaped the harvest
of his stinginess!"
So what's the Big Deal? - Well, this issue
25th May 1974, just two weeks before the
merging of Cor!!
with Buster comic!
Was this was a warning sign from our Fleetway
I guess we'll never know for sure, but it surely