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Den was always lost in his own make-believe world of
super-spys, spacemen, vampire-hunters, Jekyll
abominations, gangsters, and P.O.W.s. Whichever
adopted things would always go awry and our Den
invariably be chased, pursued, whacked, clouted or
harangued out of the final panel...
This was a terrific strip - one of the last great
anarchic strips to
feature in the Fleetway weeklies. Artist Ian Knox
really went to
to town for Den with some terrific 'wild' poses
for the outraged
adults, and marvellous contortions for our star
- like the Jekyll
and Hyde episode, above...
The very first strip introduced Den dreaming of intergalactic
adventure as Major Den, exploring Planet Xeron
on his space
hopper with a fish bowl over his head. Shades
Calvin & Hobbes here, of course, but taken
to an extreme
by Mr Knox as Den destroys his father's garden
eating plants" and winds up in the dog-house
Sadly, poor old Den just didn't last long in Buster
- just shy
of fifteen months. Towards the end of his run
intermittently dropped from the comic one week,
the next, with the issue dated 10th Sept. 1988
his final appearance...