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wellies were wonderful, alright. They were living
wellies, who could move and intreract independently
Willie's feet. They could fly off and scoop things
themselves to disproportionate length,
and do all sorts
of marvellous things.
Which was darned useful, actually, because they helped
get our Willie out of all sorts of scrapes and
But they were also frustratingly tempermental,
were more than able to put the lad in his place
they so wished...
Willie's wellingtons weren't at all wonderful
Professor Krankpot got his hands on them. Willie
happened to be passing the Prof's laboratory when he
was called upon to use his rubber boots as test
(Krankpot had run out of utensils, you see).
Anyway, Krankpot had been trying to turn ordinary
everyday garden apples into solid gold, but to no avail.
However, the residue from his experiment which was
left in Willie's wellingtons brought them to life,
soon found himself walking upside down across his
mum's kitchen ceiling!
Actually, Willie's Mum Mabel was a constant nag.
hated Willie's wellingtons and regularly niggled
the fact. Why couldn't he just wear shoes or trainers
like normal kids?
Trivia Hounds will note how, in those early strips,
paraded around in checked shorts. These were later
into a plain black pair - much easier to draw,
Willie's wellies were also altered slightly. As
continued, the rubber highlights on the boots
pupils, creating welly boot eyes, and the illusion
Wonder Wellies started in Buster in September
Dave Follows held the pen throughout its run.
And our Willie
quickly proved a hit. Dave's loose panelwork
some giggly scripts tickled readers' funny bones
in just the
right place. Indeed, in November, a mere two months
the strip began, Dave collected a Cartoonist Club
Britain award for having drawn the most humorous
strip of 1983...