the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
was spinning webs each week in Shiver & Shake
years before this here Internet malarkey absconded
name. Each strip would find our jolly friend spinning
in a new locale, only to come a cropper due to
position, or through some unforeseen outside influence...
Webster's haunts were many and varied. We first
hanging inside a guard's box (ShSh #1). He then
went on to
a circus cannon, a film projector, a wishing well,
a car roof
rack, a tv screen, a cement mixer, a swimming pool,
a double bass, a letterbox and many more similarly
His last ever weekly appearance (ShSh #79) saw
all webbed up in the goalposts during the United
Rangers football match...
Our Webster could be a useful arachnid. He helped
burglars, thwarted ne'erdowells and assisted folk when
could. But all he really wanted was a safe place
to "hang out".
Webster never communicated directly with
he spoke to us readers independently of the other
conversations around him. Strangely, though, about
through many strips the main antagonist, or new
would address him by name in their conversations.
did they come across that?
Webster appeared in all but a handful of Shiver
comics, and seemingly disappeared when the title
with Whoopee! in October 1974. However, three
after the merger, the canny little fellow returned
second short run. Though his appearances became
intermittent, he was still popping well into July 1975...