Friday, June 14, 2013
Curious Comics - Fizz (1995?)
Here's a really bad comic for you to endure - Fizz. Although no date appeared on the cover or inside, I would date the comic in the early months of 1995 as it was illegally produced to compete with Fizog. The contents were reprinted from Acne without the editor of Acne (Dean Wilkinson) giving permission to the dubious editor of Fizz, so Fizz was immediately stopped. This 99p comic came with a free gift - one of those classic nail-through-finger pranks.
The comic strips in these Viz spin-offs are very different compared to the much more popular humour comics such as the Beano and Dandy both in the artwork and stories. The stories are much more graphic and violent and the artwork never seems as smooth as in other titles.
The first strip I'll be showing comics from Gary Whitlock, who also drew Dasher in the Beano.
In my opinion the best-drawn strips in this comic are Jonathan Woss and Fireman Stan. Both strips are by the same artist, but who that is I don't know.
Grandad Pat is by Mark Rodgers and Ian Jackson, who also worked on Oink a few years earlier.
Once page had a selection of mini-strips three - five panels long, with one artist I recognise called Dicky Howett, who illustrated Supermum in Whoopee.
Dicky Howett had a full-page strip inside as well, called Bloody Ages Ago.
I'm glad Dean Wilkinson managed to stop Fizz so quickly. Nobody wanted to work for the unnamed editor of Fizz anymore so he stole material without permission and created the comic as cheaply as possible (although probably got fined a decent amount for doing so). This is a dubious part of comics' history that should never be repeated, and hopefully this will serve as a reminder that when tried it doesn't work.