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Pants and Tatty Ed
Smarty Pants was
always dressed impeccably.
to think he had an air of refinement about him.
he was just a snooty snob.
Ed, meanwhile, lived life on a shoestring. He was
always scuffed with dirt and grime and his
air was somewhat
less rarified - A fact which got right up the
nose of old
Smarty Pants and led to no end of ongoing friction...
Yes, folks, this was another classic Have It All
/ Have Not
Fleetway strip featuring two buffoons at loggerheads
each other. In this case, Smarty and Tatty were
neighbours who had to face each other every day,
the garden fence. Smarty's parents had a lovely posh
and landscaped garden, whilst Tatty's good barely
their old shack together. As always, we were
meant to side
with the loser more than his over-bearing counterpart,
reality, neither fellow was particularly admirable.
poor Tony Broke,
Tatty seemed to revel in his dirt and
dishevellment, which is fine if you're having a kick-about
at the local park. But it's not particularly endearing,
hygenic, at the dinner table...
Smarty and Tatty were originally included in a
Choice" line-up, which ran in "Whizzer
& Chips" in the
Spring of 1975. Ten new strips were previewed
week for ten weeks), and readers cast their votes
preferred new toon. The results were published
in the comic
on the 31st May, and Smarty and Tatty topped the
1136 votes. They entered the "Whizzer"
section on a
permanent basis from the issue dated 28th June,
the dueling families of "Beat Your Neighbour".
Incidentally, the runner-up in the voting was
and he really did strike it lucky, because Fleetway
decided he could become a regular strip star too!
As for smarty and Tatty, well, these two fought
through the weekly pages until, in around
May 1976, they
met up with stablemates "Toffs and the Toughs"
birth to a tremendously over-titled new strip. Take
Pants and Tatty Ed
meet The Toffs and The Toughs"
What a mouthful of a title!
The Fleetway folk obviously never learnt their
this, because they repeated the title-twisting
six years later.
As for Smarty and Tatty, they may not have hung
all that long, but artist Jim Crocker went to
town on the strips,
and added lots of little animal folk in the panels
- dogs and
mice who would gawp and giggle at the antics of
And it's made the strips all the more memorable...