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puppets in the UK
old Sam. He was a great big, braces-wearing, lummox
of a guy who was absoloutely petrified of everything
anything - especially his tyranical, curler-wearing
who just couldn't get her wayward son to do anything
Sam was of indeterminate age, but he looked fairly
Ma meanwhile, was part Hilda Ogden, part Nora
and not one to cross. Her refusal to accept any
phobias would probably be frowned upon by modern
medics, but it went down a treat back in the 70's
Sam and his Mum proved to be memorable Whoopee!
creations - They even starred on the Whoopee! annual
cover in '78...
When we first meet him, in Whoopee! #4, Sam is
on a table with his head thrust through the
ceiling in an
effort to "hide" from a mouse. The next
moment, he decides
he's scared of the table - it's so high, it's
making him dizzy!
Sam wasn't the only frightened puppy in this strip,
Occasionally Sam's witless dog Fury would put
appearance. He was a great big useless sheep dog,
as fearful of the world as his owner:
The odd thing was, Sam didn't appear to be scared
which didn't make sense? - Probably, the implication
that they were "like-minded souls",
but one would have
thought that canines of any persuasion were right
at the top
of Sam's list of Things To Be Scared Of.
Surprising as it sounds, Sam, Ma and Fury weren't
quite as long as we might think. The strip was
the mergers and reshuffles of the late 70s/early
reprints of Mike Lacey's fabulous work were still
scattered through those Best Ofs, Comic Libraries
Big Comic editions right up until the demise of the
Fleetway fun titles...