Anyone who's taken their enjoyment of comics beyond the "casual" level is surely aware of Leo Baxendale's Willy the Kid books, right? Mr. Baxendale , creator of the Bash Street Kids, Grimly Feendish, Minnie the Minx, Little Plum, Sweeny Toddler and so on, working only for himself, free of any editorial restrictions - the first book's an absolute masterpiece, and the second one's not too shoddy either.
But how about... the THIRD Willy?
Cover image taken from Kid Robson's blog, for reasons soon to be made clear.
Well, landfills aside, I can count myself along with the 9,999 others who've had a chance to read this one. It's definitely the third best Willy book, and I feel like I'm showing off a bit here, but you know - public interest and all that. Oh, and I'm guessing I managed to get a copy of it so cheaply because it's missing its dust jacket, so instead of looking like the above image, my one looks like this:
It's not as long as the first two books, being just 48 pages (including the front and back cover). There's more text stories than the others as well, and there's not as much detail in the drawings. A lot of it's presented in a landscape format as well, meaning the book has to be turned around a lot. All these negatives can be discounted though, because it's still a riot on the inside. I'm just going to be showing the book's first story here - mostly because I don't want to wreck it too much through scanner radiation, and also because there's still probably a few more copies of this knocking about out there. Go and seek one of them out! This is the sort of thing you could be enjoying!
Oh, there's a Spotty Dick story in there too, which is ALMOST as funny as his zoo-based adventure in the first book. Just to whet the appetites of folk even more.