Our second day's worth of Sixties newspaper strips comes from the Daily Mail for 16 October 1964.
David Wright's phenomenal 'Carol Day' has long been considered one of Britain's finest newspaper strips and one that desperately needs preserving in book form. The good news is, it might actually be happening, thanks to the efforts of an American collector who purchased many of Wright's original scrapbooks, into which he had pasted each daily strip. You can find out more about the strip by visiting the Carol Day website.
'Flook' began life as 'Rufus' as it was originally about a young boy. His bizarre pet, Flook, slowly began to dominate the strip and the strip was renamed 'Rufus and Flook' and, finally, 'Flook'. It had a tremendous run from 1949 (originally by Douglas Mount) to 1984 in the Daily Mail, followed by a twelve-month run in the Daily Mirror. The strip was famously written by (amongst others) Humphrey Lyttelton, George Melly (1956-71), Barry Norman, Barry Took and Keith Waterhouse.
'Rip Kirby' should need no introduction. The strip had a long run in the UK, originally appearing in the 1940s when it had a tremendous impact on young British artists taking their first steps into comics. I'm amazed that the early Alex Raymond stories haven't been collected properly in book form.
Alex Graham's 'Fred Basset' continues to appeal to readers of the Mail to this day, although Graham himself died in 1991. The strip was launched in July 1963 and perhaps ranks second (behind 'Andy Capp') as the longest running newspaper strip still going in the UK and an annual collection of strips is still going strong after more than forty years (see 'Newspaper Strips (Misc)' in the Comics Bibliography on the right for the covers of recent annuals).