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was, of course, a spoof on Sylvester Stallone's
movie hero, so prominent in the 1980s. Rambo in a pram,
indeed. The young tyke in question sported huge muscles
and a headband, just like our hero. And he was even
Little Sylvester would start most strips snuggled up
his pram. But when duty called he would leap in to action,
muscles flexed and unbound and woe betide those on the
end of his muscular tirade. This lad had some super-strength
In his very first appearance (Buster, 26th Oct 1985), Sylvester
tackles not one, but two, pilfering thieves. Percy the
Snatcher and Wally the Wallet Grabber are swiftly rounded
up, and Mumsie's purse safely returned.
An assortment of thieves, hoodlums and ne'erdowells
met their match in Prambo. But normally, it was Mum
and Dad who found themselves on the receiving end of
a Prambo rant. You see, although he was a handy thief
catcher, Sylvester was still primarily a baby, with
the expected baby traits to contend with. Only, in
Prambo's case, even the slimmest of problems was
blown into outrageous disproportion. And that includes
no end of nappy humour and potty dsyfunction!
This simple spoof was simply great great fun, and Steve
Bright brought our star into over-exuberant life each
for almost two years.
The strip was eventually dropped
when "Nipper" joined "Buster" in