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Katz was an extraodinarily talented professor and father
to a skinny-thin son called Kit (yes, that's right,
The duo originally hailed from a little-known
Zoblobnia, but unfortunately they were forced to flee
England with their latest invention after a run-in
scheming Zoblobnian authorites....
The first Spare-Part strip in WOW! #1 explains
it all. Zoblobnia
has a feebly pathetic athletic team which has
little hope of
even qualifying for the 1984 Olympics, let alone
winning anything. President Krunchski is beside
but beside him too is his right-hand Munchski
his leader to the work of Professor Katz. Katz
big muscled false limbs - spare parts - which
can be pulled
on like gloves and socks to provide super strength
to the wearer. When he learns of the President's
using the parts to help his team cheat at the
Professor and Kit take flight.
In WOW! #2 we find the British Secret Service have
the Katz relocate to a safe-house in England.
Kit then goes
to school for the first time, and promptly has
a run in with
the school bully Brian Bonkers. Brian's no match
spare parts, though...
Meanwhile in Zoblobnia, Munchski introduces the President
to two masters of disguise, the super spys Fruitski
These two can transform into almost anything at
will. They are
swiftly despatched to the UK to steal the spare-parts
from Kit and his father...
A complicated back-story, then, and more complications
arrived in WOW! #3 where we learn that Professor
programmed the spare-parts so that they only work
and the lad can control the parts independently
via a radio-
controlled beany cap - kind of like a skullcap.
Fruitski and Nutski really can, and do, change
anything at will like Zoblobnian Terminators -
impressive skill, surely of more benefit to Zoblobnia
even Kit's pull-on arms and legs...?
According to Kit's creator, artist and writer Graham
strip was originally conceived as a far more gruesome
"The editor, Bob Paynter wanted a script about
super-surgery. There must have been something
in the news about it. I had a kid with a supply of
famous people’s body parts. I would have him nip
behind a curtain, sew on a famous athlete’s legs
and then do something heroic. It begged the
question: where the heck did he get the parts,
and what about the original owners?"
Graham also tells us about the Zoblobnians:
Russian characters (well, Zoblobnian) were
inspired by Rocky and Bullwinkle's nemeses, Boris,
Natasha and Fearless Leader. Oh, and Cadbury's
And if that sounds "nutty", how about this tidbit:
"I wrote most of the Kit scripts that were
published. My mum subbed for me once when
I was on holiday, and I left the strip when it
went to a single page, as I couldn't squeeze
complicated plots into such a small space.
I didn't like the way they made the short
fat spy talk, either. I preferred him as a
dummy a-la Harpo...'
You'll find much more chatter from Graham in our Toonhound
for Kit and the Professor,well they stayed one step
ahead of the Zoblobnians through the twelve months of
existence and on into the pages of Whoopee! after