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The Bash Street Kids lark around

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The Bash Street Kids lark around in class. Danny looks into Smiffy’s ear and asks: “Can you see me, Spotty?” I love the Bash Street Kids’ knockabout comedy.

The great thing about the Bash Street Kids is that there’s somebody for pretty much everybody to relate to: all humanity is there from tall skinny ones to shorter fatter ones. And there’s even Teacher, to represent authority.

And I love that many of their names are unabashedly direct: there’s Fatty, Spotty and Plug (ugly), just there would be in any classroom.

And for the record, the regular characters are: Danny, Erbert, Fatty, Plug, Sydney, Smiffy, Spotty, Toots, Wlfred and Cuthbert.

The strip, created by Leo Baxendale as When the Bell Rings, first appeared in issue 604 (dated 13 February 1954). It became The Bash Street Kids in 1956.

This is selected, like many of my panels and images, from the 1960s and 1970s, and should make a great gift to anybody who is into retro, vintage, old school design. I tend to choose material from this era because it was the time I was growing up and my tastes and preferences were being formed. But also it’s a pre-digital age, and the drawings are all made by hand rather than computer aided. Obviously, as I’m a screenprinter, I’m biased in favour of the handmade, so this style is right up my street. I hope it is yours.

Medium size: 48cms x 38cms.

Handmade, limited edition screen print on cotton paper, mould-made at the St Cuthbert Mill in Wells, Somerset.  25cm x 19cm.

Signed and numbered in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.