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Alf Tupper says – Got to keep going
£ 40.00 – £ 350.00
Alf Tupper says: “Got to keep going”. The Victor’s flagship character Alf Tupper – the Tough of the Track – at his grittiest.
Alf, styled ‘The Tough Of The Track’, was the flagship character in The Victor comic, published from 1961 until the early 1990s. He started life in the all-text comic The Rover in the late 1950s, but transferred to the new picture-strip comic 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.
Handmade, limited edition screen print on cotton paper, mould-made at the St Cuthbert Mill in Wells, Somerset. 25cm x 19cm. Sold out.
Also comes in medium, 48cms x 38cms. Alf’s shirt is in blue and the background is stripped out, as you can see from the accompanying photograph below.
And it comes in a large, 76cms x 56cms. Alf’s shirt is back to yellow.
Signed by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.