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was forever designing and inventing apparatus and
apparel to make life easier for his burly father.
Dad was keen to see his son succeed with his mad plans
and get whisked away on the wings of success.
was an alterior motive behind this father-son
You see, almost without fail, Tom's "helpful"
would backfire and cause mayhem and destruction
the house, and invariably, Dad would end up on
end of the chaos. And that meant that we'd have a
regular final panel with Dad bandaged and
in a hospital bed!
The strip's title was a pun on the name of the
long-running science programme "Tomorrow's
But Tom's crazy ideas weren't as wild or hi-tech
might have imagined. Rather, they were low-tech
handcrafted affairs, using various household appliances
and handyman's tools to get the job done. Or half-done,
as it turns out.
Tom's inventions included the likes of a tennis
a propeller driven lawnmower,a car-powered car
wash and a
wall-mounted combination bed and wardrobe. And
frequently lost his wig as his son's crazy plans
went awry, or disintergrated:
Tom Horror was created by cartoonist and writer
who submitted the idea to IPC with a view to his writing
drawing the strip. In the end, though, the drawing
handed over to Ken Reid. But Glyn got his writing gig,
the strip opened the door to a stack of writing commissions
for him. Glyn's Fleetway credits included Mike's
Bookworm, Mustapha Million and many more.
Ken Reid's artwork was superb. At the time, Ken
monster master of Fleetway St. with Frankie
and Martha's Monster
Make-up under his belt. It was
fsacinating to see a Reid strip here without any "munsters",
or fantasy trappings.
But look there, below, that's Tom's neighbour
Grimshaw who appeared in Whoopee! 26th April 1983.
He looks awfully like Faceache's abominable teacher
Snipe, doesn't he?
On occasion, another Fleetway talent John Geering
on strip duties. When Dad took a tumble it
typical Geering panache - all extended limbs and
extreme line of action through the character; fabulous!
Tom Horror followed in the footsteps of that other
Fleetway inventor, Timothy Tester. The strip hung around
for a year-or-two in the pages of Whoopee! but
when WOW! merged with the title in June 1983...