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modern Tom Thumb, Sammy Shrink was a tiny lad
just 6 inches high. And being tiny meant
that he would
get into lots of scrapes and encounters with the
badder world at large. Poor Sammy was often subjected
to merciless bullying by the bigger lads
around town -
like Bully Bates and Bully Bloggs - and he frequently
found himself trapped inside post boxes and postbags,
which must have driven the Royal Mail crazy.
Needless to say whatever scrape he ended up in,
Sammy used his own tiny methods of reprisal and
his smallness always won the day...
Sammy was actually an Odham's comic star from
He first appeared in the pages of WHAM!, before
POW! and SMASH!, as the titles merged. His first
appearance was via a reprint strip in the Knockout
from 1973. And from there, he entered the comic's weekly
line-up until it merged with Whizzer
& Chips. Sammy soon
became a star Whiz-Kid, and he stayed there right
the demise of the title...
Sammy's condition was puzzling. There was the
his smallness was hereditary - his Grandfather
rather small too. Then again, later in the run
& Chips it was suggested that Sammy might
be able to
shrink at willl - much like Lenny in Jackpot's
What is indisputable, however, is that Sammy was a
tall toon star...