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97 appearances (over 69 5/6 pages) between issue No 4
(10/02/73) and no.101 (21/12/74).
Did not appear in issue no. 5.
All were printed in red/black.
"Doctor, doctor!", "waiter! waiter!","what's
the difference...?" and other jokes, riddles,
limericks, "batty books," and the odd poem or
shaggy dog story sent in by readers.
A solicitation (with examples) for readers to send in a
"joke, funny story or verse" to Postman
Knox appeared in the first issue of BUZZ.
Every letter printed would receive a £1 postal order.
This doesn't sound much but remember BUZZ
itself only cost 3½p so you could buy 28 copies of BUZZ
and still have 2p change. Imagine THE BEANO offering
28 times its cover prize for a letter and you get a
better idea of the worth.
The first 'letters' to be printed appeared in
issue no 4. I say 'letters' as the jokes
printed were not credited to anyone - comics went to
press several weeks before they appeared in the
newsagents, so no letters would have arrived by then. This
state of affairs lasted to issue no. 11 when A. McDonagh
of Hinckley became the first reader to be acknowledged
(and presumably win a £1 postal order - see image
One way to make a bit of money
would be to copy a joke from the Postman Knox page and
send it in as your own. Step forward Bryan Gunn, who is
credited with the same joke printed word for word (but
with the addition of an exclamation mark) in issue no.34
... and Andrew Lea, who had it
printed in issue no. 82, though he had the decency to
tweak a couple of words.
Joking apart, I'm not sure whether BUZZ
readers did plagiarise the jokes, genuinely sent
contributions independently, or DC Thomson staff wrote
the material and made the credits up (although in issue
no. 84 two readers' addresses are printed in full,
i.e. including house number and street). Maybe it was a
combination of all three, but the example is not a
one-off. I have documented around a hundred similar
examples and I'm sure there are a few more that I
missed. Usually the jokes have been tweaked a little but
they are essentially the same joke.
occurred as early as issue no.19 with a limerick from
issue no 11 (circled in blue, above) appearing as a
The ink wasn't quite dry on a joke printed in issue
no. 49 before it re-emerged in issue no 51, but as
it's credited to the same person it's probably
a genuine mistake.
A stronger candidate for the fastest reprint was another
joke that also appeared in issue no. 49. That was
reprinted only three weeks later in issue no. 52.
One joke appeared in exactly the same place in two
different issues (nos.42 and 52).
At the opposite end
of the spectrum a joke that originally appeared in issue
no. 9 was repeated in issue no. 100, a gap of 91 weeks.
This wasn't the only joke from issue no. 9 to be
repeated - in all there were five, a figure equalled by
issue no. 14.
three contenders for the most repeated joke. All were
repeated three times (i.e. appeared four times in total),
but two were tweaked sufficiently enough to be marked
down. In time honoured fashion here they are in reverse
|In third place ...
||In second place ...
||In first place ...
Postman Knox' address changed in issue no. 78 to
POSTMAN KNOX, 'BUZZ', 20 CATHCART ST., KENTISH
TOWN, LONDON NW5 3BN. No address appeared at all in issue
no. 101 (Postman Knox' last outing), probably the
first clue to BUZZ comic's eventual