Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Send For Kelly



Send For Kelly was the best strip The Topper had, which is presumably why it ran in colour in the centre pages. The misadventures of hapless secret agent / detective Nick Kelly ( and his assistant Cedric of course ) are basically a British version of Inspector Clouseau, with tons of slapstick to spare.
But what makes it great is the artwork of George Martin. Not only is it spookily close to that of Footrot Flats' Murray Ball, looking like particularly good animation, but it's kind of like Don Martin too. Martin's work was genuinely Mad, looking like the scratchings of a lunatic, and Send For Kelly looks nearly as unhinged to me, making it automatically funny.
I mean, look at that clown waving at you in the first panel. He wants to kill you.
Meanwhile, there's mysterious goings on down at the circus. Quick, Send for Kelly!









8 comments:

  1. May i wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and a continued success for your blog, which I spend many happy hours reading.
    All the best!

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  2. HI. I have a childho/)od memory of a story which I think must be Send for Kelly. It involved him (and his sidekick?) on a boat in some kind of underground cavern with a black background. I'd be hugely grateful for any advice as to where to find it. Thanks, M.

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  3. HI. I have a childho/)od memory of a story which I think must be Send for Kelly. It involved him (and his sidekick?) on a boat in some kind of underground cavern with a black background. I'd be hugely grateful for any advice as to where to find it. Thanks, M.

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  4. Sorry, last message riddled with typos so reposting. I have a childhood memory of a story which I think must be Send for Kelly. It involved him (and his sidekick?) on a boat in some kind of underground cavern with a black background. I'd be hugely grateful for any advice as to where to find it. Thanks, Lou.

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  5. Best place to look, Lou, is https://britishcomics.wordpress.com.
    There's a whole load of Topper's there available for download. Good hunting!

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  6. Thanks Mate. I'll take a trawl through. In the meantime if anyone has an idea as to where these might be....
    On a side note, it was great to see Fantastic and Terrific again. I remember wearing the extra eye stick on tattoo from and early edition of one of those. I'll look for that too. Great blog/site!

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  7. Yeh, I think those are there too. I will start up this blog at some point this year with lots of new stuff, promise!

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