the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
If your Dad had superpowers you'd be dead chuffed,
Not so here. You see, this particular superhero
his super powers fairly and squarely towards his
son. When e'er the lad was causing trouble (which
often) this ordinary spectacled Dad would don
hat and spandex suit to become a youthful, daring,
Super Dad would whizz back in time, or do something
with his Super Skills to pay back the lad for his spiteful,
bullying ways. The final panel would feature Ordinary
again, witnessing the boy's bedraggled return and teasing
him with a snappy remark about events - a forerunner,
if you please, to the one-liners so beloved of
This was a fun take on the DC Comics' classic
Clark Kent and the Daily Planet replaced by a slipper
wearing British 'Dad' who preferred to sit at
most of the day, reading The Mirror, rather than
writing for it...
Interesting that the strip only ever featured a father
- be he
Super or Ordinary - and we never saw nor heard of a
Mum at home, or indeed, any Mum at all. Although a
Mum strip did eventually appear in the
pages of Whoopee!. We were also never told the
lad's name. He was simply referred to as "that
son of mine", or "that pest" or "bully"...
Super Dad arrived in the Chips section of Whizzer
back in the Spring of 1970. He was dropped from the
some time in 1974 but, despite this, the character
for many more years in the Whizzer & Chips
Indeed, with just a couple of exceptions, he appeared
regular as clockwork through to the 1990s.
Super stuff, eh?