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and Softly Centre
and tumble Tough Nutt would constantly berate
and tease the wimping Softy Centre, only to fall foul of
own scheming, over and over again...
Yes, it's that old Fleetway favourite theme of
getting his come-uppance, just like Ivor
Lott & Tony Broke,
& Sick Sid and the rest. But this one was different,
because - well - it was all rather camp, as it
There were the obvious aspects of Softy's
flowers, being prone to little tantrum-like outbursts,
But young Tough Nutt also portayed some interesting
He had that preference for hot pants and tight
off-set by a cheeky school cap. And he was always
showing off his biceps and "performing"
in front of his
Okay, okay, so even if there was a secret agenda
wasn't particularly sophisticated. This was the
of the 70s and part of that more innocent era,
particular preferences were supposed to be left
behind closed doors and windows.
So was this brave, or forward-thinking, or just
subvertive? The only thing we know for sure is
that it was
a Fleetway fun strip and it was published each
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