Monday, 4 August 2014
PANEL-BY-PANEL - STEADFAST McSTAUNCH...
STEADFAST McSTAUNCH was originally a dog in
KNOCK-OUT comic in the 1950s. In 1969, BOB PAYNTER,
the editor of the embryonic WHIZZER & CHIPS, asked DENIS
GIFFORD to revive the character - but as a human. "Children don't
like animals in comics " Denis once claimed Bob had told him as the
reason for the species-change, although that doesn't explain
SLIPPY or GINGER'S TUM in the same comic.
I assume Bob must've meant only that kids weren't keen
on strips with animals dressed as humans, otherwise MOWSER,
DESERT FOX, MOOSE, The CROWS, and a host of other strips
wouldn't have graced IPC/FLEETWAY periodicals for decades.
However, let's not forget that GUS GORILLA dressed like
a human and was quite popular with readers.
(And that's not counting characters like BIFFO The BEAR,
KORKY The CAT, The 3 BEARS, BIG EGGO, and loads
more in the best-selling D.C. THOMSON titles.)
Steadfast survived in his own strip for the first 11 issues
of W&C, before becoming the host of a joke page, something I
always regretted as the little jester was a firm favourite of mine.
Anyway, here's the last strip from the pages of Whizzer &
Chips #11, December 27th 1969.
UPDATE: And, thanks to young GEORGE SHIERS,
here's the published page from W&C #11. Be sure to
check out George's site devoted to the comic, here.
Posted by Kid at Monday, August 04, 2014