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Mum had all the super powers you might expect
of a superhero: Amazing strength, speed and agility
But she didn't wear a spandex costume, just her
clothes (usually a spotty dress!). And she
to want to hide her special powers, 'cos she would
them in broad daylight in front of the neighbours and
Despite her incredible talents Super Mum was something
of a burden on her son, Terry, who would have to deal
the consequences of her over-enthusiasm. Mum would
gallavant around their home town of Chelmsditch,
mayhem and carnage everywhere you looked. And
regularly interfered with classes at St Nellies
school. Poor old, Terry...
Super Mum first appeared in Whoopee! some time
1978, and annual appearances followed from the
Interesting to see how she and Terry were later
to the 1990 Whizzer & Chips annual.
The strips were drawn throughout by Dicky Howett.
characters had a very loose feel, and they sported
upturned noses. But there was nothing snooty about
this down-to-earth strip. Super Mum was striking
for housewives everywhere!
Folks often think that Super Mum and Terry were
mere double-act, with no father figure around.
And it must
be said, for the vast majority of strips, they
in their anarchic adventures. But there was a
you can see in one of his rare appearances, below.
Mind you, with all that super-abuse from Mum,
any wonder he kept out of the way...?