Perfect For Christmas: The ‘Cor! & Buster Bumper Fun Book’ Previewed

Perfectly timed to appear in Christmas stockings of those old enough to remember these strips the first time around or those young enough (or young enough at heart) to delight in some classic comedy updated for today – Cor! & Buster Bumper Fun Book is out on Wednesday 25th November.

Cover by Edward Whatley

This Cor! & Buster Bumper Fun Book collects the entirety of the two previous specials from 2019 and earlier in 2020 into one book. And, with nearly 30 strips in here to tickle your funny bone with a cavalcade of comedy legends from Britain’s golden age of humour comics, there’s far too much to show you all in one go,

Instead, here’s what you can expect from the Bumper Fun Book

Oh yes, plenty of familiar names from days gone by there, and all featuring some of today’s top talents bringing these classics back for a whole new generation of readers – although I’m sure plenty of us will be enjoying them second time around as well!

You’ll chortle to the likes of John Freeman and Lew Stringer, giving us a look inside the complexity and chaos behind putting these classics together in ‘Who are the Editors?’

You’ll guffaw to the likes of Gums, the magnificently ridiculous shark with the false set of terrifying teeth by Lizzie Boyle and Abigail Bulmer

And of course, it’s always a delight to see Tom Paterson working his magic on the wonderful characters of the late Leo Baxendale with all-new Sweeny Toddler and Grimly Feendish strips…

Far, far too many great moments to really cover here, but it’s a book that should delight both young and old this Christmas as they struggle to fight off the effects of eating their own body weight in Turkey, Christmas Pud, and Chocolate Orange.

So, just to leave you with an idea of the fun and frolics to be found inside the Cor! & Buster Bumper Fun Book, here’s a few of my absolute faves…

First, Ken Reid‘s classic Faceache, the boy with a thousand faces and all of them hideously hilarious, gets a couple of updates in here, written by Ned Hartley and Matt Smith, both versions of the character absolutely properly avoiding copying the perfection of Reid’s Faceache and instead opting for their own sublime, ridiculous, and bizarre versions of one of my favourites instead…

First Steve Mannion on art…

And then  John Lucas

And another perfect update of another classic and another Ken Reid creation comes with Frankie Stein, the bumbling do-gooding monster.

This time it’s artist Mike Hoffman who sensibly decides it’s no good trying to ape a master of comics and goes very much his own way, bringing his own, perfect for horror and perfect for comedy style to the brute with the kindest of hearts…

More laughs come your way from another master of Brit humour comics, with Robert Nixon‘s Kid Kong getting a make-over here from Alec Worley and Tiernen Trevallion. And of course, there’s some things you don’t mess with when dealing with Kid Kong, which is why everything in this sweet but dumb old ape’s world revolves around those wonderful bananas…

But, if you’re Kid Kong and have scarfed down the entire stock of the dragon-fire bananas stuffed with curried baked-beans… there will be repercussions… and you might be able to hear those ‘repercussions’ all the way to the moon…

Oh yes, every great humour comic always had space for a great fart gag – and the inclusion Herge’s famous boy reporter on the moon just adds a decorative sprig of Christmas holly to a wonderful feast of a strip.

And if you like your fart gags, you’ll be enjoying the one new strip in these Cor & Buster Specials – The Swines of Anarchy, created by Keith Richardson and Pye Parr, with Richardson writing the first tale in here and Lee Langford the second. Gross-out comedy always worked in these classic Brit comics, and that’s something Swines of Anarchy goes hog-wild on… whether it’s bogeys or fart gags…

And, speaking of fart gags…

With that delightful image (and smell) lingering long in your memories, it’s time to say farewell to the Cor! & Buster Bumper Fun Book.

Hopefully, that’s given you plenty of great little strips to whet your whistle. I’ve shown you just a little of the fun and the funny to be found inside. But trust me, there’s plenty more and very much something for everyone, old or young, in a book that’s a perfect Christmas stocking filler.

The Cor! & Buster Bumper Fun Book is out on Wednesday 25th November from The Treasury of British Comics and Rebellion.

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