Growing Paynes

“Growing Paynes” was a strip that ran in The Dandy.

It revolved around a small boy named Percy Payne and his relationships with his doting mother and abrasive elder brother.

Artist: Trevor Metcalfe.

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Grimly Feendish

Grimly Feendish (alias The Rottenest Crook in the World) is a British comic book character who originated in Leo Baxendale’s comic Eagle-Eye, Junior Spy in 1964, published in the magazine Wham!. He is Eagle-Eye’s nemesis and functions as a creepy but amusing comic book villain. The character became so popular that between 1966 and 1969 and 1973 he had his own spin-off comic, Grimley Feendish in Wham! and later Smash!. He was created by Leo Baxendale.

Grimly’s first appearance was in Wham! #4 (11 July 1964, Odhams Press). His goal is, of course, world domination which he attempts to achieve using various monsters and outrageous plot devices such as exploding treacle. The character was revived in 2005 for Alan Moore’s six issue series, Albion.

He was the inspiration for song Grimly Fiendish by punk band The Damned.

Grimly Feendish resembles Charles Addams “Uncle Fester” character and also appears to be a parody of Lex Luthor.

The character “Gru” in the movie Despicable Me is similar to old Grimly in both looks and pose with both tending to wear black with a scarf wrapped around their necks, and both have comic little monstrous minions with Feendish referring to his as “Squelchies”.

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Greedy Pigg

Artist: George Martin.

Originally ran from 1965 to 1971.
Reappeared for a second run from 1978 to 1984.

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Granny

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Grandpa

Grandpa was a British comic strip which originally appeared in the magazine The Beano from 1955 to 1957, drawn by Ken Reid. It was later revived from 1971 until 1984, but this time by Robert Nixon and afterwards Jimmy Glen.

Grandpa was first published in issue 680 of The Beano, dated 30 July 1955, drawn by Ken Reid. It was a gag-a-day comic about a mischievous old bearded man. Some of the stories involved his dad, an even older man with a longer beard. Despite their advanced ages, they enjoyed a father-son relationship similar to that of Dennis the Menace and his dad; a typical story would involve Grandpa getting involved in some kind of mischief, being caught by his father and ending up getting a spanking. In a June 1956 strip, Grandpa was revealed to have been born in 1874, making his age 82. In 1957 the series was terminated.

From 1971 until 1984 Grandpa was relaunched. Robert Nixon drew it for the first years, after which Jimmy Glen took over until 1984.

Currently in The Beano, Grandpa is a “Funsize Funnie” drawn by Steve Beckett.

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Gordon Gnome

Artist: Eric Wilkinson.

No information on teh character.

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Go Granny Go

Artist: Brian Walker.

No information on the character.

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Gnasher and Gnipper

Gnasher is the pet dog of Dennis the Menace in the British comic strip Dennis the Menace from The Beano. First introduced in 1968, in issue 1363 dated 31 August 1968, seventeen years after Dennis the Menace started in The Beano. Dennis’s first strip also featured a dog but this dog was unnamed and looked very different from Gnasher.

Gnasher was developed by Ian Gray (writer) and Davey Law (artist) from an original concept from staff writer Jim Fowler based on an article in a local newspaper about pets looking like their owners and/or vice versa. This article was used for a number of stories and led to the ongoing development of Gnasher and also the Bash Street Pups. As Davey struggled to picture the dog it was suggested he simply draw Dennis’s hair and “put a leg on each corner and two eyeballs at that end”. The result was one of the most enduring images for publishers DC Thomson. Soon after his introduction Gnasher’s appearance changed from looking like Dennis’ hair on legs to the more dog-like recognisable character he is today.

The G on the beginning of both Gnasher and his son Gnipper’s names is not pronounced. Most of their speech bubbles also consist of normal English words beginning with the letter N with a silent G added to the beginning (e.g. Gnight, Gnight).

Gnasher and Gnipper was a comic strip in The Beano starring the dog Gnasher (from Dennis the Menace), his son Gnipper, Dennis’ Dad and Dennis’ Mum. It does not always feature Dennis himself, or his sister Bea. However Dennis was the owner of both dogs. The strip first appeared on 1 November 1986, replacing Gnasher’s Tale. It was originally drawn by Dennis artist David Sutherland, but was later taken up by Barry Glennard around 1993, who drew the vast majority of subsequent stories. Danny Pearson took over writing duties for a run during 2017. Barrie Appleby provided the illustrations.

Gnipper has one long triangular tooth and otherwise looks almost exactly like his father. He loves to chase cats. The dogs get up to lots of mischief. They are both Abyssinian Wire-Haired Tripe Hounds. Gnasher also has five daughters, Gnancy, Gnatasha, Gnaomi, Gnanette, and Gnorah, all of whom resemble smaller versions of Gnasher with white fur. They rarely appear in the strip, and it has been suggested they live with their unnamed mother. The two dogs share a common canine enemy, in the form of Walter the Softy’s pet poodle Foo Foo, who they are very commonly seen menacing.

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Ghastly Manor

A group of ghosts and monsters who live in a run down manor which is perpetually for sale. Each episode is based on them scaring away a prospective buyer.

Artist: Murray Ball.

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Get Smart

Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. It was created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry and had its television premiere on September 18, 1965. The show stars Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, Barbara Feldon as Agent 99, and Edward Platt as Thaddeus, the Chief. Henry said that they created the show at the request of Daniel Melnick to capitalize on “the two biggest things in the entertainment world today”: James Bond and Inspector Clouseau. Brooks said: “It’s an insane combination of James Bond and Mel Brooks comedy.”

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