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Old Boy was the oldest pupil at Gigglington Apprehensive
School, and most probably the world. But he wasn't a
late-starter. He was in fact an aged student who had
been coming back to school each year since 1913.
Back then, the building was brand-new and was known
simply as Gigglington School. But Old Boy kept on failing
his school-leaving exams. The years ticked by,
Old Boy's beard grew longer and his uniform became more
and more threadbare, his behaviour never changed. You
Old Boy kept skylarking. He was forever playing pranks
and japes and generally mucking about, to his teacher's
chagrin and his own annual detriment...
When we meet Old Boy for the first time, a new term
just begun. He's sent to the corner of class, and given
Dunce's cap, for having joked with a lasso. Old Boy shows
the newst pupil a lesson in getting in his own back.
fires an ink pellet at Mr Flummox, the teacher, by way
the class bully Willy Thumpem. Willy catches the blame,
and so naturally seeks revenge. But he thinks the new
is responsible and he corners him in the school
knock-kneed newcomer is in for a thumping, until Old
intervenes with his lasso!
Old Boy and Willy came to blows all too frequently.
Mr Flumox was also regularly flumoxed. Similarly, the
school's regimental Headmaster would be left exasperated.
But our aged lad never cared a hoot...
This magnificent character was created by Brian Walker.
He was part Ben Gunn, part Rip Van Winkle. He rode
school on a Penny Farthing, and he always had tricks,
pea-shooters and catapaults hanging out of his pockets.
There was even a mouse living in his lengthy beard!
This being a hip 70s strip the teachers and pupils
sported fantastic flared trousers and glam rock haircuts.
It's a fashion-watcher's treat...
Alas Old Boy only had a short run in Whizzer & Chips
and his weekly appearances in the Chips section ended
early in 1976. But he later popped up in the 1978 annual,
and he actually returned seven years later, in the pages
of the 1985 School Fun Annual. By that time he'd spent
an amazing 72 years at school!