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was a lucky chap. He had a nifty stopwatch which
allowed him to stop time. He also had a handy
which enabled this strip to have a nifty title...
We knew that Stan had pressed his stopwatch because
a very large zigzag time-field-thingy would appear
tell us so. That zig-zagging thingy would then surround
Stan's chosen item, and he could manipulate them
at will. When he was finished, he'd simply press his
stopwatch again and allow time to resume.
Thus any number of Fleetway bullies could be thwarted,
toffs put in their place, and items retrieved, etc.
Now, a socially responsible fellow might have
incredible gizmo to stop wars, assassinations
accidents. Stan, though, preferred to save dinner
from falling in the river and other such "tragic"
Of course, as any film geek can tell you, when you
meddling with time all sorts of anomalies arise.
stopwatch hijinx offered up many. For starters, how
he able to get the watch to throw its time-field around
selective people and objects? And what long-term
did all these extra minutes in limbo have on the people
he froze? And did it mean that he could, in effect,
freeze folks permanently, to "reawaken"
them in some
later age. My goodnes, the watch could keep a
life going for centuries. If they were reawoken
day or two, every so often they could become long-term
Anomalies and queries aside, this was a short-running,
but perfectly formed strip from artist Reg Parlett.
would invariably end with our Stan, walking away
his watch like a Yo-yo, in a classic Parlett pose...