One of the benefits of being a comic collector is that Christmas fun can be enjoyed at any time of year. Just select a festive issue from the nearest available pile of funny papers and you'll soon be experiencing the echoes of excitement from Santa's visits of long ago.
At the time of writing, Christmas 2015 is still a couple of months in the future, but I've just emerged from wallowing in the seasonal slapstick and holiday humour which comprised the Christmas 1987 issue of Whizzer and Chips (while doing the research for my Whizzer and Chips – The Cheeky Raids series of posts).
As of Christmas '87 Whizzer and Chips stars the Bumpkin Billionaires were as ever engaged in their futile quest to return to their former impoverished state, and their bank manager was continuing to thwart every money-losing scheme that the wealthy wurzel-munchers would devise. The manager, who was never named in the strips as far as I know, had an assistant named Miss Wobblethrope. I like Miss Wobblethrope – she could have been depicted as a glam secretary, but she's pleasingly ordinary. But mainly I like her for her name. A lesser imagination would have conjured an obvious, Bond-referencing name and called her Miss Moneypudding or similar. She could have been called Miss Wobblethorpe, which would have been funny enough, but someone had the genius idea to call her Wobblethrope, which must be one of the great comedy names in comics.
So I'm always pleased to see the divine Miss W (she's not in every strip), and it was great to see her delivering a few, plot-driving lines with typical aplomb during this Christmas tale...
|Whizzer and Chips 26 December 1987 |
Art: Jimmy Hansen
..I don't know if someone on the W&C payroll had partaken of a few too many mince pies before committing this festive fable to paper, but they got their 'thropes' and 'thorpes' a bit confused.