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comic strips and
puppets in the UK
Over the years, Fleetway actually gave us two very
"Smart Alec" strips. The first and most famous
appeared regularly in the pages of "Whizzer & Chips"
early 70s. But this index page refers to the
"Krazy" character, drawn by Mike Brown.
In this strip, Alec defied the usual logic of
pants being something of a nerd, or a geek, or
annoying. He had real street smarts, which gave
edge on his annoying neighbour over the garden
and certainly impressed his pals.
"Smart Alec" originally snuck into "Krazy"
on 27th August
1977 as the star of a one-off strip entitled "Smart
Project Page". The project in question was
which we saw being constructed out of two small rolls
paper and an elastic band and used to frighten
In the final panel, Alec said he'd see us soon,
but he didn't
reappear until some five months later, inthe issue
14th January 1978. At least we now had a "proper"
to read. The story had Alec losing his favourite catapault
to his misery-faced neighbour. But Alec found
way to fling revenge upon the bad-tempered buffoon.
Just like before the strip popped up without any
fully-formed, and was gone the next week. Only
it went for good, ne'er to return to the weekly
Even so, that wasn't the last we saw of Alec,
eagle-eyed readers could have also spied him in
1978 Krazy Annual. He featured in two tales, playing
in his back garden and annoying that old neighbour.
clever clogs uses his smarts to outwit his antogonists
even earn a bob or two on the way to getting his
that was it. Four hard-to-find appearances, for what was
actually a very sound creation from cartoonist
In keeping with the artist's other works, "Smart
full of fab details and asides - similar in tone to
Leo Baxendale and Tom Paterson. It's such a shame
we never saw more of the character...
Or did we?
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