Before Tom Paterson took over Buster on the front cover of a comic of the same name, he drew (amongst other characters) a story about a lass named School Belle (Belle meaning beautiful in French).
|School Belle's very first comic strip.|
School Belle started out on the back cover School Fun issue #1 in glorious full colour, and when the title merged with Buster comic Belle moved with it! Belle's very first strip can be seen above, click on the image, and then again to see in full size!
In her very first strip in Buster, the lad the comic is named after walks in after Kate Crapabble (the girl who has a crush on him, but not vice versa) forces him to tell Belle to, in short 'get lost', as the comic doesn't need another pin-up girl. Here is the strip for you to see...
Could this be Tom Paterson's very first published drawing of Buster? I've never seen one before this, so it could well be! The style is influenced by the great Buster artist of the time of course, who goes by the name of Reg Parlett! Really then, that second to last panel is pretty much a Parlett drawing!
Tom Paterson took over drawing Buster on the front cover with issue dated 25th May 1985, which I'm lucky enough to own a (sadly ripped) copy of. So, for all you lucky readers, here is Tom's very first official strip of a lad named Buster!