Drawn by Ken Harrison
103 appearances (over 103 pages) from issue no. 1
(20/01/73) to no.103 (04/01/75).
The stories up to issue no. 49 were printed in red/black, the rest in colour.
My recollection of school is that classes had upwards of thirty pupils, but in the comic world a school had only one class which had a handful of (unruly) children taught by 'Teacher' (complete with mortar board), as is the case with this strip. There are initially six pupils; The Fat One, The Tall And Skinny One, The One Wearing What Looks Like A Dunce's Cap, The One With Glasses Who Looks Like The Leader, The Other One, and A Girl. The Other One (his name is never revealed) is absent from issue nos. 16 and 21, and after a visit to the Buzzville Swimming Baths in issue no. 22 is never seen again (Don't worry, he didn't drown - Dizzy pulled out the plug and let all the water out).
The names of the rest are 'Pudding', 'Streaky' (both revealed to us in issue no.2), 'Dizzy' (The One WWLLADC, in issue no.4), 'Susie' (in issue no. 5), and 'Boss' (The One WGWLLTL, after a long wait in issue no. 46).
In the Jimmy Jinx story in issue no. 18, Teacher plays golf (wearing his mortar board, of course) with Jimmy's father with Jimmy as the reluctant caddy. "Dad won't want me to caddy again after today!" says Jimmy, after an afternoon of mischief. Overhearing, Teacher hands Dad his 'special club' (a cane) for a whacking.
What's the Skookum Skool motto? "'Tis bunk to say we're sunk" (issue no. 37)
Skookum Skool spawned a spin-off strip called Spookum Skool which was an interesting twist on the Teacher/unruly class theme; the teacher and pupils are ghosts with classes taking place in Skookum Skool at night. Spookum Skool first appeared in issue no. 60, displacing Skookum Skool from the back page onto the inside back page. Spookum Skool was referenced a couple of times in Skookum Skool. In issue no. 83 Dizzy pretends to be Headless Henry (one of the 'pupils' in Spookum Skool), and in issue no. 99 the kids are inspired to "give Teacher a fright with spooks" by pretending to be ghosts after reading Spookum Skool in BUZZ. At the end Teacher asks the 'new boy' to take his cap off. Headless Henry obliges by taking his head off and gives them all a fright and says to the readers, "See you on the back page!"
Both strips resurfaced in the first issue of CRACKER two weeks after BUZZ folded, along with another spin-off, The Snookums, which was about Skookum's lower school. Skookum Skool was initially retitled The Headhunters, becoming The Headhunters of Skookum Skool the following week. All three strips took up the four centre pages under the banner of 'Skooldaze'.
Not to be confused with ... The Bash Street Kids