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Willy the Kid

Post by Stigandnasty on Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:31 pm

Anyone out there know anything about the third Willy the Kid book, produced by Leo Baxendale in the seventies. I am lucky enough to own the first two but have never had a sniff of the third. Does it actually exist, and does anyone have a copy - I'd even like to see scans of the covers and endpapers.

Baxendale is the Jack Kirby of british humour comics. From his early days on the Beano to the anarchic greatness of Odhams Wham, Smash and Pow!, I don't think anyone has had more influence on humour comics in the last fifty years.

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Re: Willy the Kid

Post by Spiff_B on Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:58 pm

I've got book 3 -- not as good as the second one, which in turn wasn't as good as the first, but then the first Willy the Kid book is the single best humour annual I've ever read.

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Re: Willy the Kid

Post by Stigandnasty on Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:15 pm

I will have to go in search all over again. I've just finished reading Leo Baxendale' book, A Very Funny Business, an excellent ramble through his life and well worth a read.

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Re: Willy the Kid

Post by Spiff_B on Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:52 pm

I've got A Very Funny Business somewhere, haven't read it yet -- Was very surprised when I found it in a charity shop.

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Re: Willy the Kid

Post by Stigandnasty on Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:10 pm

Well I went in search of Book 3, found it on Abebooks and it arrived this morning.

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Re: Willy the Kid

Post by MLP* on Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:30 pm

I've got all three annuals. They are incredibly dog eared having been read to destruction as a kid. Smile

The third is perhaps the weakest. ISTR hearing that Baxendale ran incredibly late with it and it certainly has an "unfinished" feel with pages of text filling it out.
I remember being very disappointed as a kid to discover that there would be no further books in the series.

Baxendale has a collected edition for sale on his website for anyone with a spare hundred quid !

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Re: Willy the Kid

Post by Spiff_B on Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:14 am

How did you know it was the last one? Or is there something in it I've forgotten that made it obvious there wouldn't be more?

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Re: Willy the Kid

Post by MLP* on Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:00 pm

Spiff_B wrote:How did you know it was the last one? Or is there something in it I've forgotten that made it obvious there wouldn't be more?

My parents ordered it from the publisher who told them there wouldn't be any more.

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