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the Sea Monster
- Here be the soggiest, soft-hearted monster ever to
have swum through the briney. Soggy was a friendly
keen to assist waylaid fishermen, castaways, lighthouse
keepers and seafarers when e'er he could.
The trouble was, Soggy's helping hand would regularly
backfire and create even more problems for whoever
assisting. During his Fleetway tenure he wrecked
lighthouses, bathospheres, a helicopter, and umpteen
boats, ships, yachts and vessels...
There was an interesting conservational theme to many
of the strips. Soggy saw off polluting oil tankers
he helped recover and conserve an ancient wreck
and even took charge of a colony of rare Crested Kipper
Snatchers - but only after he'd wrecked their last
remaining islet! (ShSh #43).
Of course, old Soggy himself was the subject of much
scientific conjecture. He was pursued by a keen
of an Arctic Expedition, several different Professor-types
and a regular number of Adventurers out to snare
rare and special specimen. But what, exactly, were
Soggy was a Nessie-beast, with a long tail and
big feet. But he wasn't the Loch Ness Monster.
confirmed in his very last Shiver & Shake
when he headed to Scotland to visit his Highland
(above, left). Nessie was actually an inky-black
of Soggy. Or maybe Soggy was a lighter version
of Nessie? - The jury's still out on that one.
Nessie or not, one thing was for certain, Soggy
beautifully executed character and strip. He was
by Robert Nixon who invested much time and effort into
fascinating, detailed panelwork. Terry Bave stood
in for Mr.
Nixon on occassion too. It was a classic, simple,
with endless possibilities...
Soggy swam in and out of Shiver & Shake during
month tenure. He departed officially in January
1974, but was
washed back into its pages one last time in February
hurried replacement for Eagle Eye after a printing
A few years later this super sea-beastie returned
pages of Cheeky Weekly, and its associated Summer
Specials and Annuals - nice one, Soggy!...