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a girl who behaved just like a boy. How
outrageous is that?!
Well, it upset her mother, that's for sure. Every
waved her child goodbye from the front door, she'd
of her angel doing girly things, like dressing
up and playing
with dolls. Truly, she'd take Tomboy's words at
and female value...
...Only, Tomboy wasn't behaving girly at all.
She was causing
fights, digging up trouble, taking on dangerous
exercises, getting dirty, bashed and bruised,
behaving not just like a boy, but like the very
of hooligan. She'd destroy gardens, ruin roadworks,
plough through fences and worse. Those first Cor!!
even went so far as to get her tangled up with
and fire-breathing dragons!
This wayward lass had an on/off pal in the form
He was a bruising boy who looked like he had stepped
straight out of borstal, and he'd meet up with
time to time to double up on the mayhem.
As for Mum, well, she obviously coped through
Time and again her daughter would throw herself
worst kind of trouble. And time and again Mum
her away at the start of the next strip, as if butter wouldn't
melt in her cherubic daughter's mouth.
Tomboy really needed a father figure, but alas, there
wasn't one hanging around. Many readers even thought
she didn't have one at all. But the opening of
a Cor!! strip,
dated 19th January 1974, reveals that Tomboy did
have a father. He was simply out of sight. Presumably,
keeping his head down as his wiley daughter was
loose once more:
When ever Mum imagines what her daughter is up
always see her thought bubbles. In this particular
Tomboy has asked Mum for some pictures of the
Mum duly imagines the set-up above, and offers
"Dad" so they can smarted up for the photo. Once
she's oblivious to Tomboy's real plans (Tomboy wants
to sell them!).
"Dad" actually shows up again three
years later in the
1977 Cor!! Annual. There's a strip therein
which opens with
Tomboy and family around the dinner table, at
Father is present and correct, but he still doesn't
and this time, he's not even referenced by Tomboy
Aw, bless 'er. Mum's stupidity and Tomboy's persistance
gave us a popular strip which started in the very first
issue of Cor!! and continued into the pages of
after the two titles merged. Mum waving adieu
daughter is a truly memorable Fleetway image...