Wednesday, 4 March 2015
The Wild Wonders
The Wild Wonders was a fun, completely charming strip from Valiant about Rick & Charlie Wild, a couple of brothers who'd grown up feral on Worrag Island in The Outer Hebrides, and who'd subsequently become world champion athletes, there being not much to do on the island but go running.
On reaching civilization, they were put into the care of Mike Flynn, an Olympic swimmer who, weirdly, also owned a garage in Bexleyheath.
The hyperactive lads were always happy for Mike to put them up for any charity race or sporting event going, and they pretty much tried out, and won at, every sport going over the years, along the way battling hillbillies, wild bears, gangsters, movie producers, Japanese soldiers who thought the War was still on, and the kind of cheating adults who'd graduated from the Dick Dastardly school of fair play.
It was kind of Wacky Races meets Stig Of The Dump, and owed most of it's popularity to Mike Western's superb, friendly art style.
Here's a beautiful colour Western piece from the 1971 Valiant annual, where once again, the lads leave those rotten grown-ups eating their dust.