the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
was a normal everyday lad. But Slippy wasn't a normal
snake, no sir. For starters, this black orange
slitherer could think aloud in great big think
But more importantly, he could transform himself
inumerable useful shapes, like some kind of malleable
roll of plasticene. Handy, eh?
Sid and Slippy had star billing in the Whizzer section
of Whizzer & Chips. Theirs was actually the
front cover strip
until the mid-80s, when Joker
took the crown. Sid himself
was leader of the so-called Whizz-Kids, and he'd
regularly on the editorial pages to sound-off
great rivals, the Chip-Ites from the Chips comic section.
As the years went by, the rivallry between these
was built to new heights. We even had a Whiz-Kids Vs
Sid and Slippy held particular animosity towards
Chip-Ite leader Shiner, and this was carried through
the Whizzer & Chips Annuals and Specials.
glorious full-colour covers, with Sid, Slippy
sparring - in Wintery locales for the Annuals,
haunts for the Holiday Specials.
So bearing all that info in mind, how does it
feel to hear
that Sid initially had a foot in his rivals' camp?
when Whizzer & Chips first launched in October
Shiner wasn't around, and Sid and Slippy were
strips in the Chips section!
Like Shiner with big black eye, that image (top)
Sid and his curvy pal is - pure and simply - a
fun comic classic...