Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cricket and Comics

To tie in with The Ashes I thought it'd be fun to post a few comic strips with a cricket theme. We start off by heading all the way back to the Beano of 1947, where Big Eggo gives the sport a go, only to end up in a theatre with a policeman! How did he do it? Click on the image below to find out! Art by Reg Carter.

Coming forwards 14 years to a 1961 issue of Buster. This time Buster tries to help a cricketer, but does too good a job! Hugh McNeill is the artist here.

Come forwards to 1970 now to an early issue of Cor, and in this one the Robot Maker helps out a struggling cricket team in order to win the match. But there's a lot at stake, because if they don't win the club will have to fold due to lack of funds! Frank McDiarmid did a wonderful job illustrating this strip, and this episode is no exception.

And in the 1971 Cor summer special the Hire A Horror team helps a man watch the test match in peace! I'm not sure who the artist is, but it's definitely not the usual Reg Parlett.

And finally, we head back to 1960 and take a look at this Terrors Of Tornado Street strip by Juan Rafart.

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