the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
The grumbling figure of a Park-Keeper was something
Fleetway stalwart and Parker took the caricature to its
extreme. This guy was nuts! - Almost every strip saw him
kicking or thumping the "pesky kids" who sought
the order of his beloved park. He even went further
leveling a shotgun at the birds and - seriously - the
as well - Outrageous!
Of course, a uniformed Park-Keeper is rarely seen nowadays.
You're more likely to see jump-suited greenkeepers,
don't have the same attraction to mischievous kids. And a
keeper like Parker would have been locked up by now, or
more likely, hospitalized by the kids he was picking on...
Parker starred in the very first edition of Whizzer
back in 1969. He also put in appearances in two of the
mid-70s Whoopee! Annuals, before the folks at Fleetway
reinvented him for a new genration.
You see, he
was brought back as the lead in a later
Buster strip called The Park. Our hero was just as bad
tempered as ever, only, he didn't shoot people
He also gained a dozey young assistant, called Dogsbody.
This new version was drawn by Tom Paterson and festooned
with pongy socks and niffy deatils, in Tom's unmistakable
But many folks still prefer this gun-toting original!