Here is the first of my comic reviews. The comic Nutty ran for five years and was published by DC Thomson before being merged with The Dandy. I don’t remember Nutty first time round but I managed to find one in a charity shop a while back. Because I only have the one issue (No. 151, 1 January 1983) this isn’t going to be the comprehensive history of Nutty but it’s a chance to share my opinions of this lesser-known comic, so here’s a page-by-page review also featuring a few pictures.
Pages 1, 12, & 13: Bananaman. Bananaman is the most successful of Nutty‘s characters, appearing on the front page and the centre-page spread and of course being turned into a CBBC cartoon. When Nutty closed Bananaman continued in The Dandy, and when that closed he moved to The Beano. When Eric eats a banana, he becomes the mighty Bananaman! Terrific stuff.
Page 2: Jay R Hood. “He’s anything but good”. He also owned a crocodile called Cruncher who just walked around the house as if it was the most normal thing.
Page 3: Peter Pest. I wouldn’t really call Peter a pest, he’s just a rather straightforward “mischievous” boy of the type you get a lot in these type of comics who liked to wind up his sister. My goodness, it’s chaos with him around!
Pages 4 & 5: The Snobbs And The Slobbs. This is just your “rich v poor” strip and the comedy that can be created from that.
Pages 6 & 7: Nip & Rrip. The adventures of a boy and his crazy cat.
Page 11: Super Gnat The Mighty Midge. Well is it “Super Gnat” or “The Mighty Midge”? Seemingly it’s both. The idea of this character seems to be that he likes to sting naughty people up the bottom to make them see the error of their ways.
Page 14: Wacky The Crackpot Inventor. As the title suggests, this is a character who invents odd things to try and make his life easier, and it all ends in disaster!
Page 17: Snoozer. A lazy boy who seems to be permanently asleep. He’s such a rascal.
Pages 18 & 19: The Wild Rovers. Adventures with a bunch of dogs and crazy Basil Crumb who is always trying to catch them.
Pages 20 & 21: The School Belles. Featuring four schoolgirls called Daisy, Violet, Rose and Marigold. Not to be be confused with Buster‘s School Belle.
Page 22: The letters page. Send Bananaman a funny joke and if it’s printed you’ll win a T-shirt!
Page 23: Cannonball Kid. “He’s football crazy”, and in this strip he’s particularly keen to watch his footballing hero, Kevin Kneegone.
Page 24: Cuddles. One of my favourite strips in Nutty, Cuddles is a daft baby, who would later be teamed up with Dimples for a great strip in The Dandy. I particularly like the phrase “BAH! TOO RUSKY!”.