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was a ridiculously lucky lad. Seriously. Each strip
would see him getting into the kind of trouble
might normally end in a spanking, or more chores,
or extra homework. The thing is, whenever he hit
rock bottom, his luck would turn. Just like that.
hey presto, Dick got lucky. He'd win a prize or
a burglar, he'd floor a bully or save a pet, or
- well - you
get the idea...
"Lucky Dick" was an early Fleetway strip
for Ian Knox,
and Dick's lucky turn was identified by the above
which was inserted into every tale. From hereon,
would turn out just fine and dandy. It was a great
gimmick, and the panel really stood out from the
although the cheap newsprint paper often struggled
cope with that black print, resulting in much
and fragmenting of the image (and making it a
nightmare to scan and present here!)...
In Dick's first regular appearance, we encounter
sucking on a bulging bag of aniseed balls. Suddenly,
jumped by a big slurping dog. Dick slips on his
and careens downhill. He knocks over a chap on a ladder,
who spills inky black paint everywhere...
Then Dick's luck changes.
Burglar Bert emerges from an open window. He
steps into the paint, leaving a big black trail
behind him for the Police to follow. Dick gets
reward from the happy Copper. And he gets more money
from the owner of the dog. She's delighted that her
pooch has followed his sweetie trail home!
Lucky Dick was, in fact, exceptionally lucky to
appeared in "Whizzer & Chips" at
all. You see, he was
originally included in a "Comedy Choice"
was presented to readers in the Spring of 1975.
strips were previewed (one each week for ten weeks),
readers cast their votes for their preferred new toon.
The results were published in the comic on the
and the winning strip actually starred Smarty Pants
Tatty Ed. Our
Dick was only runner-up. However, Fleetway
HQ decided to let him become a regular star too,
entered the "Chips" section of the comic
28th June 1975...