Back in November, I told him over at Wacky Comics that I'd put some more stuff from Plug up here. Naturally, I forgot all about it until yesterday, so here we go. What's three months between folk?
To start with, we'll have some more from the Bandshees, courtesy of Dave Gudgeon:
Also from Mr. Gudgeon, we have the continuing, catastrophic adventures of Gnoo Faces:
And the bizarre Invasion of the Plug Bugs (love this one!):
Tony Jackpot by John Dallas is next, aptly demonstrating one of the most off-putting things about reading Plug - the terrible, terrible lettering. All italics with sharp-edged bubbles, it's less like the characters are speaking, more like they're being labelled:
This is exemplified even further with the otherwise-fine Hugh's Zoo, by Gordon Bell:
Anyone see the Osmonds reference in that strip? Well here's another one - that's two within one issue!
Not sure who did that one, but it looks slightly European - possibly an imported strip? [Nope, it's Chas Sinclair - cheers, Andy!]
Bill Ritchie's Supporting Life (starring Elvis, Plug's little brother) is here, profiling a different team each week:
A bit more from Albert Holroyd's Eebagoom now:
Digby the Human Mole is a favourite of mine within Plug's pages. Various sources say it's Gordon Bell's, but I'm not entirely convinced:
[And my scepticism was justified - it's by Graham Allen! Good old Andy]
Gah! One of those "To be continued" things! They don't pop up often in humour comics, which is frustrating with comics as scarce as Plug. Ah well.
Luncheon Vulture's a bit of an odd one, but it's worth seeing just for the Fanny Haddock character:
[More information from Andy - this one's by Les Barton]
Another member of Plug's extended family, Uncle Ebeneezer, stars here with his Nutcase Bookcase (POSSIBLY by Vic Neill):
Apologies for this next one - it's truly terrible and nowhere NEAR the standard you'd expect from DC Thomson (at least in the 1970s). It's not as bad as the previously featured Ava Banana, but it's still not good enough to wipe your nose with - this is Eddie Daring:
To make up for it, here's the complete opposite - another hilarious instalment of Lumpy Gibbon by Bob Dewar:
And if THAT's not your "thing", here's two strange adventures with John Geering's Antchester United (if you don't like sentient windmills, look away now):
And finally, here's Plug himself in a bit of crossover-based-fun with Antchester United (this time certainly by Vic Neill):
I'll always be curious why Plug (and also Hoot) seem to've been written out of DC Thomson's history books. None of these characters ever made it into Classics From The Comics, and to my knowledge only Eebagoom ever made it into any of the annual reprint books.
This must be amended, if only for Dave Gudgeon's stuff alone!
Plug - it's good, and worth looking for.