Handmade screen print on cotton paper.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds.
Standard size: 26cm x 19cm
Medium size: 48cm x 38cm
Large size: 76cm x 56cm
The tousled hair, the grin, the singlet, the cheerful thumbs-up - all classic Alf Tupper. And here we have those signature features plus ... his catchphrase "I run him". Ungrammatical it might be, but that's how he used to speak, and readers (well, me) would celebrate at the sound of those words.
Alf Tupper, styled ‘The Tough Of The Track’, was the flagship character in The Victor comic, published from 1961 until the early 1990s.
Alf started life in the all-text comic The Rover in the late 1940s, but transferred to the picture-strip Victor when it launched.
He was a hero to several generations of British middle-distance runners, including Ron Hill, Brendan Foster and Steve Cram.
He was also my favourite – when I got The Victor every week, it was always a better comic if it was an Alf week. (After the end of each story, which might last for eight or ten weeks, there would be a hiatus during which there was no Alf.)
Alf may have been from the wrong side of the tracks, but was on the side of the angels. He was indomitable – he embodied the virtues that the British like to think they have.
And of course he was a working-class hero – the phrase “The Tough of the Track” was a sort of pun – it referred to his humble background as much as his gritty determination in competition.
These are all original screenprints. An original print is a work of art printed by hand, from a plate, block, stone, or stencil (which is the case here - screenprints are made using screen stencils) that has been created by the artist for the purpose of producing the image.
Officially approved by Britain's top comics publisher DC Thomson, of Dundee.
© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.