Sunday 29 September 2013

Top 10 Comics in Comics - No 10 Arthur Askey

In anticipation of the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre's long-awaited second comic book "Goes To Hollywood" - buy it now for Christmas (NB that link will work as soon as the comic's ready) - we're looking at the Top Ten comics based on comedians. And at number 10 we find...

How's about that playmates? Courtesy of OopNorth on Youtube, we have an animated version of a strip from a 1954 Radio Fun starring Arthur Askey, number ten in our rundown.

As Lew Stringer tells in his excellent Crikey blog, Big Hearted Arthur appeared in Radio Fun weekly from 1938, being promoted to the front cover by issue 18. He remained a comic strip star, here and also in Chips and Knockout, until Radio Fun amalgamated with Buster in 1961. Radio Fun turned the stars of the day into comic strips, with no official endorsement in most cases, with cover stars including Jewel & Warris, Arthur Askey & Stinker Murdoch, and Norman Wisdom. Stars as diverse as Petula Clark, Jimmy Edwards and Bernard Bresslaw had their own weekly strips.

No 10 - Arthur Askey
No 9 - J******? R**?
No 8 - K*? D**?
No 7 - S*****? C*****?
No 6 - R*? V****?
No 5 - B***? C******?
No 4 - L****? & H***?
No 3 - H***? H**?
No 2 - T*? G*****?
No 1 - ?

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Goes To Hollywood is their second comic book, an 80 page bonanza of comic strip adaptations of some of their best sketches including Star Wars, Casablanca, Robin Hood, A Christmas Carol and many more. As soon as it's ready, click here to order a copy. Their first comic book, Sock, featuring Halloween, Torchwool, Life On Mars, Primarkeval and Romeo & Juliet is still available in print and on Kindle.

SOCKS IN SPACE - The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are on tour... NOW!

Oct 5 - Farnham Maltings
Oct 11 - Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham
Oct 24 - The Capitol, Horsham
Oct 25 - Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
Oct 26 - Canterbury Festival
Nov 1 - Ace Centre, Nelson
Nov 2 - Leeds Carriageworks
Nov 14 - Hull Comedy Festival
Nov 15 - Ropewalk, Barton On Humber
Nov 16 - Chorley Little Theatre
Nov 17 - Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester
Nov 30 - Christmas Special, Camden Head, London
Dec 6 - Christmas Special, Ring O'Bells, Bath

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