Comic
Speech Bubbles
Drawn by Malcolm Judge

103 appearances (over 103 pages) from issue no. 1 (20/01/73) to no.103 (04/01/75).
All were printed in colour on the front cover.

Skip introduces his pals Jock and Hop in the first frame on the front cover of the first issue of BUZZ. The format of the first 38 stories usually comprises three frames (issue nos. 2, 8, and 17 have four, 14 has only two) with the final frame being almost a square the width of the page. The smaller remaining frames above it set the scene; the three boys decide they can do something better or cheaper and are joined by their pals and other characters in the last frame for a panoply of jokes. These scenes are reminiscent of - if not homage to - Leo Baxendale's early work for DC Thomson in the mid-fifties - When The Bell Rings (which became The Bash Street Kids) and The Banana Bunch.

Thereafter, the stories concentrate on the three characters and are more conventionally laid out (at around 9-12 frames), though the story in issue no. 51 has echoes of the earlier format and the story in issue no. 102 (Christmas 1974) is a reprise of it.

Below - An example of Leo Baxendale's early work - the back cover of BEEZER issue no. 1
(the original was in full colour).

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