the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
the leader of the Chip-Ites, arch rivals to the
Whizz-Kids in the pages of Whizzer & Chips,
was the lead strip in the Chips section.
This lad was
a real tike, always getting into trouble in spite
of himself. And that trouble usually ended with
a black eye. Which meant he invariably had a raw steak
on his face by the end of each strip. Hence the
True, he often encouraged those knocks (he was an
amateur boxer, for crying out loud!). But he never
set out to cause trouble...
Whizzer & Chips launched in October 1969,
will be shocked to hear that Shiner wasn't included
original line-up of stars. Indeed, in that first issue
his arch rivals Sid and Slippy who appear on the
the Chips section!
When it began, the strip could have retitled as
His Mum" because Shiner's head-scarfed mother
constant feature, forever nagging the lad and chastising
him for his knockabout behaviour. Ma
to base her look upon her - which isn't surprising,
they shared the same artist!
Gosh, that image of a black-eyed Shiner, sporting
wry grin (top),
is quintessential Fleetway, isn't it?
Over the years, Shiner's strip shifted between
a simpler three-colour format (blue or red) to
cover of the Chips section, inside Whizzer. His
also became less frequent, as attitudes towards
loutish behaviour shifted. But he remained a star.
Shiner made his first Annual cover appearance
when he took on his arch rivals Sid and Slippy
in a game of
cowboys and indians. And thus an annual rivalry
Between then and 1989 the trio sparred across
Whizzer & Chips Annual covers...