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puppets in the UK
cheesy grinning, always-winning lad had the biggest,
widest smile you ever saw. And it was stuck on.
You could always tell what kind of smile Smiler
because we'd have helpful descriptions of it in
accompanying smile beams. He'd emit "worried"
"cheery" beams, "star-struck" beams
- almost any kind
of beam to fit any kind of situation. But most importantly,
come rain, come wind, come sleet, come snow, Smiler
would keep smiling. It's amazing no one ever
those pearly teeth right out...
Smiler started life in Whoopee! in March 1976.
one of a trio of strips introduced to mark the
birthday (the others being Gook the TV Spook and
In his hey day in the early 80's, our Smiler also
a weekly Smile-In which featured a selection of
gags sent in by readers.
It's interesting to note that during the turmoil of
Fleetway years, Smiler actually shifted over into
Chips, finding his way into the 1990 Annual. But
was a Whizz-Kid or a Chip-Ite was not revealed
1990 edition was the one in which the characters
from both sides were interspersed in and around
Smiler didn't care, though. Whether in Whoopee!
Whizzer & Chips, or indeed, those BIG Comic
reprints, the chap just kept on smiling throughout...