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was a boy who liked toys. Simple as that. He
was just your regular knockabout kid, in shorts
sweater with a big letter "T" on the
front. And he loved
his toy cars, and his trains, and his catapaults, and
soldiers, and his model planes, and his cowboys
indians too. And jokesters be aware, the only older
in his life was his long-suffering Mum, who together
his balding Dad, had to put up with a house that was
forever busting at the seams with their son's playthings.
Toy Boy would regularly buzz, bother and annoy
parents with his latest infatuation. But, just as regularly,
his new toy fad would help to save the day. It
unearth a lost item, to foil a bully or thwart
a thief. Our
playful lad could be quite inventive too. If there
shiny new toy to hand, he'd simply make one out
discarded junk - Oh yes, he wasn't one to just
moping and whining...
In other words, Toy Boy was just your typical,
Fleetway strip creation and he ticked every box
on the list
of Fleetway themes. There were no magic gizmos
munster-types to tickle us with. He was just
a boy with
a fad. But he was a bona fide Fleetway star, appearing
"Whoopee!" comic from its inception
to its closure.
Toy Boy became a weekly cover star, too, during
comic's first founding months. And what's more,
his family moved on with the times. Toy Boy progressed
from model kits and forts to trendy game consoles,
don't you know. And his Dad shaved off his moustache,
around 1980. Toy Boy had an on/off love affair
with the local
constabulary. And somewhere on his journey he
a semi-regular friend called Curly Tompkins who
in a great many of his games...
In an effort to keep the strip interesting, our
prone to dressing up in crazy homemade costumes.
He played rootin' tootin' cowboy and whooping
zappy spacemen and rampaging dinosaurs.
But one thing that never seemed to change was
behind this top toon. Almost all of Toy Boy's
drawn by Terry Bave, and regularly co-written
by his wife
Sheila. Mind you, here's a little curio:
It's Dick Millington's take on the character,
features in the 1979 "Whoopee!"
In "Whoopee!" #2, we learn that Toy
Boy's Mum is called
Doris. As for Toy Boy himself, well, his real name
appear to have been mentioned anywhere during
Fleetway years... unless you know better...?