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pop-up book popped up perfect people and products
to prize him out of problems and predicaments...
Actually, tongue-twisters apart, that's exactly what
If Pete or a friend needed help, if he wanted to impress
someone or sort out a bully or associate, he'd simply open
up his magic book and out would pop a superhero, or an air
balloon, or a spy, or even a pirate galleon - nothing
too big, too small or too exotic to "pop-up" from
That's Pete above acquiring his fantastic work of fiction.
He was feeling a little gloomy because he couldn't see over
the fence of the local cricket ground to catch
of the Test Match. Cue the arrival of that wily
with his batch of books. Pete uses them as a stand but
he still can't see over the fence, until the top book pops
open to reveal a "pop-up" Dracula figure...
Pete's pop-ups played havoc with the family home. His
Dad and big sister were often at the receiving end of
performance. The pop-ups also played havoc with his love
because Pete had a soft spot for Lovely Linda - or was
Lovely Lucinda. Pete namechecked them both in different
strips, and Lucinda and Linda looked remarkably similar,
maybe they were twin sisters?
Pete "popped-up" some remarkable things during
It makes you wonder just what, exactly, that book was
It must have been akin to an entire Encyclopedia Britannica!
The strip was drawn throughout its Fleetway days by
equally-remarkable Terry Bave. After Nipper comic
Buster in September 1987 the strip became bi-weekly,
so we saw less of Pete, but no less of Mr Bave because
he was also drawing Good
Guy, Mighty Mouth, and Double
Trouble each week, plus Odd
Ball, Toy Boy and Sammy
in Whizzer & Chips - pop-tastic!