Icons of my Past
My era has passed and gone,
And with it all my heroes,
But memory lingers long,
Of giants, saints and weirdos.
These I have loved and known,
They made me who I am,
Imbibed while I have grown,
Since I lived in a pram.
How they have coloured my life,
These heroes, these comic bygones,
But through victory and strife,
They’ve ever been my icons.
How many do you remember,
Who live and colour your dreams?
Valiant or tender,
Feeding both laughter and screams.
These are the ones which live on in my own memory . . .
Just William: ‘Just William’ is the first book of children’s short stories about the young school boy, William Brown, written by Richmal Crompton, and published in 1922. William Brown is an eleven-year-old boy, eternally scruffy and frowning. He and his friends, Ginger, Henry, and Douglas, call themselves the Outlaws. Also appearing in the books is Violet Elizabeth Bott, who is renowned for crying out “I’ll thcream and thcream ’till I’m thick”. The stories were also used in numerous television, film and radio adaptations of the books.
Roy of the Rovers: A British comic strip about the life and times of a fictional footballer and later manager named Roy Race, who played for Melchester Rovers.
Biggles & his sidekick, Algernon (‘Algy’) Lacey: James Bigglesworth, nicknamed “Biggles”, is a fictional pilot and adventurer, the title character and hero of the Biggles series of adventure books, written for young readers by W. E. Johns. There are almost 100 Biggles books published between 1932 and 1968.
Wilson of the Wizard – The Wonder Athlete – illustrated stories first published in 1943 as a comic strip, in the British illustrated story paper ’The Wizard’, written by Gilbert Lawford Dalton and drawn by Jack Glass.
Garth – action-adventure hero, created by Steve Dowling, in a comic strip published in the British newspaper ‘Daily Mirror’ from 1943 to 1997.
Rupert Bear — (with friends, Bill Badger, Edward Trunk and Algy Pug) – comic strip character created by English artist Mary Tourtel and first appearing in 1920 in the Daily Express newspaper.
Desperate Dan was a wild west character in the now-defunct British comic magazine The Dandy.
Dennis the Menace: a long-running comic strip in the British children’s comic The Beano.
Billy Bunter is a fictional schoolboy created by Charles Hamilton using the pen name Frank Richards. He features in stories set at Greyfriars School, originally published in the boys’ weekly story paper ’The Magnet’ from 1908 to 1940.
P. C.49 was created for radio by Alan Stranks. PC 49 (Police Constable Archibald Berkeley-Willoughby) was an ordinary bobby on the beat, solving crime in the late 40s and early 50s.
Flash Gordon is the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond. It was first published in 1934.
Superman is a fictional superhero, created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. He first appeared in the comic book Action Comics #1 in 1938.
Dan Dare is a British science fiction comic hero, created by illustrator Frank Hampson who also wrote the first stories. Dare appeared in the Eaglecomic stories from 1950 to 1967. It was also dramatised seven times a week on Radio Luxembourg from 1951to 1956.
Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, is a fictional American comic superhero, created by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker 1939 appearing in American comics originally published by Fawcett Comics. He is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a boy who, by speaking the magic word “SHAZAM!” (acronym of six “immortal elders”: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury), can transform himself into a costumed adult with the powers of superhuman strength, speed, flight and other abilities. Based on comic book sales, the character was the most popular superhero of the 1940s, outselling even Superman.
Simon Templar, The Saint: Simon Templar, a Robin Hood-like figure, known as the Saint, the protagonist of a book series by Leslie Charteris and subsequent adaptations on TV., a Robin Hood-like figure, known as the Saint, the protagonist of a book series by Leslie Charteris and subsequent adaptations on TV.
I haven’t thought about some of these for years. I remember Roger Moore in The Saint, Dennis the Menace, The Old Superman TV series in black & white, and I do remember the Flash Gordon series on TV in the seventies, or there about. Maybe I’m not quite as old as I sometimes think!
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I’m pleased to have stirred a few memories. Thank you, Candice.
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