Sunday, 3 November 2013

Continuing Diseases

Next on the pile is one that took a fair while to find... I only knew about this one through a now-missing post over on Lee Turnock's blog, but find it I eventually did, and what do you know - it's from the same part of the world as I am! Here it is, it's called Igor.


Is it any good? Of course not, but that's all part of the fun... Right?

Seems like it's from 1990, and as far as I can tell this was the only issue that ever made it out - I'd happily accept being corrected, but in all of my "trawling" this is the only issue I've ever seen. It'd be unfair and absolutely false to say that the first page starts with a Zit reprint (Raging Knievel), what with Igor being a year older than Zit and all that - but my first thoughts were "Oh, I've already seen that in Zit", so there we go. Unfair, yes, and untrue also, but there we go.

Things get more promising on the NEXT page with Bill Naylor's strange horror parody, Black Panties, Killer Scanties, which is about a killer pair of black panties. Scanty:



Also from Mr. Naylor there is Clit Eastwood - He's a Bit of a Cunt. That might be my new favourite tagline for a comic character:



Just a shame it took three people to come up with that pun!

Next up we have a couple of cartoon parodies, sort of. Can you really call something "parody" if all it does is change some names and add a few swear words?



The other one's got a slight whiff of "scribbled at the back of an exercise book during maths" about it:


And again... It took three people to come up with "Four sentient pieces of fecal matter murder Gaffa from the Tetley Tea Folk". Interesting. Round the Bend did a better job of this one with their Teenage Mutant Ninja Toilets. It's not on YouTube, so if anyone knows what I'm talking about there they should give themselves four points.

This next one's the highlight of Igor, which might be saying a lot, but it's the silliness of it all... Like a sweary version of something you'd find in Oink!, it's Father Neville, The Frog Exorcist:


At the opposite end of my list of All-Time Favourite Comic Strips That Appeared In That One Issue Of Igor is this one, which plays on that comical notion that all homosexuals are predatory rapists:


The second most least-good is this junior version of Jimmy Tarbuck, but that might be intentional, who knows? There's some nostalgic adverts for people who like that sort of thing as well:

For those that are too young for this sort of thing, Jimmy Tarbuck's a Thatcher-loving comedian and possible child-molester. His daughter is the narrator of Supersize Vs Superskinny, and that really is everything there is to know about him.

What else have we got... There's this odd thing about Anne Diamond and Jack Charlton:


And here's the punchline...


On a more pedestrian, just-like-every-other-comic-ever level, here's the fat character/Enid Blyton parody:


Rubbette O'Slade from the 70's Decade (good rhyming name there!) is drawn nicely enough, but doesn't really do anything. Our hero just mentions some things from the Seventies then gets beaten up a bit, but at least it looks alright:



Igor does this as well:


And also seems to have a fascination with old people, and the death/removal of them, as evidenced in no less than THREE things (plus an article about pit bull pensioners):




So there we go, that's Igor. Worth all the searching? Sort of, it almost has its own personality (almost) that lets it stand out from many of the other Viz clones out there, mostly down to Bill Naylor's "fine" artwork. It only ended up costing me 99p anyway, so it's at least worth that much.

Before leaving, here's something I've noticed about all of these comics - EVERYONE gets their own T-shirt, even if it's just the first issue:


If there's anyone "out there" who still has (or even had) a Teenage Hero Mutant Turds T-shirt, I'm strangely envious of them.

10 comments:

  1. To make this whole business even stranger, the copy I owned had a red cover and I'm sure there was no spot colour inside.
    I think you've nailed it with regards to Igor having its own personality. It would have been interesting to see how it developed over time, but as we know that never happened. Something else in there that made me laugh was the stuff about the orange bubble door - there were plenty of those in my neck of the woods.
    Now how about reviewing HONK!?

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    1. That orange bubble door thing, I've been looking out for them ever since! Might even get one myself if the unlikely situation of having a mortgage/house/thing ever arises.

      As for Honk... Yeah, why not - next update!

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  2. I drew Young Tarby which to be honest I hated and also The Turds which was my idea but was totally manipulated by the editor and script writers and my work was totally rushed because they needed it too soon. I was also very inexperienced as a cartoonist back then in 89 and didn't have a clue about layouts or inking.
    But I don't regret any of it.
    But although the comics didn't do so well it provided me with

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  3. a chance to get work in print but just wish it could of been better

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  4. There was only one more issue that sold then it fizzled out I got work with Zit for the Young Tarby but again to save the editor money he done the lettering himself which did not match my artwork. Hasten to add my cartooning has vastly improved since then but now I'm more into script writing for film shorts. As for the existence of any turd tshirts I have no knowledge. Good luck with that venture and thanks for the honest review.

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  5. Hi Ged, always nice to hear from the folk who made these things - and for the information as well, looks like there's another issue of Igor for me to look out for!

    Can your cartooning be found anywhere these days? I've still got 25 more different "adult" comic titles to review, so maybe you're in some of those?

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  6. I only did Zit from issue 8 to about 16 as Young Tarby failed to amuse and was scrapped but if they had let me do my own thing instead of projecting their self indulgence and completely took over what I was hoping to achieve then maybe just maybe things would of been different. I haven't done cartooning professionally since 1995 but I still dabble when I'm doing storyboards.
    Igor 2 sometimes gets sold on ebay but if I recollect it was banned from W.H Smiths due to a strip showing an erect penis and apparently that's a big no no in the comic book field. That strip was ROBOCOCK but again they changed it to suit themselves to ROBONOB which to me just didn't work as a title, obviously it was a parody of Robocop but instead it had just a penis with a silver helmet running about on its bollocks. I also took over Black panties killer scanties but my art work was no way near as good as the original as he was more experienced. Mind you I was only a young lad back then in my early twenties but I've learnt a lot since like don't believe what your editor says especially when it comes to money as its a dog eat dog world. Take care Two headed boy.

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  7. Cheers Ged,

    Igor 2's on my Xmas list now, certainly! I know about the whole "no erections" in comics, even Hunt Emerson's Firkin wasn't allowed to do that - think he did a whole story once joking about that.

    I've heard a fair bit now about the editors of these comics, sounds like a weird old world - one that sadly doesn't seem to exist anymore, at least not on the level that it did.

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  8. I'm sure I saw an interview somewhere (almost certainly with Oliver Frey) in which they said there was a specific angle at which a penis was considered "erect". Which conjured up amusing images of anxious editors with protractors.

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    1. Oliver Frey, he's a bit of an odd one... I was talking to someone who used to work with him on (in? at?) Crash magazine, apparently he tried to get a penis (or phallic shape at least) into EVERY picture he did for them.

      They're all so obvious if you look for them!

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