Comedian Reg Varney, best known for his roles in The Rag Trade and On the Buses, died yesterday at the age of 92. Varney's link with comics included an adaptation of the latter that appeared in Look-In in 1971-74, drawn by Harry North and scripted at various times by Scott Goodall and Geoff Cowan. As can be seen in the episode above (dated w/e 2 October 1971), the strip wasn't a flat-out comedy and Varney himself noted of the show: “We act it straight. It can be drama as well as comedy. It’s a fine hairline, knowing the difference. We don’t put in jokes. In fact, we take out jokes if they are interfering with the truth of the situation. The broader the situation, the straighter you have to play it.”
Varney had earlier appeared in a strip called "The Adventures of Reg Varney as a Boy" (to which was added "and what a boy!" in the subtitle). Drawn by Roy Wilson, the strip ran for around 18 months and was later reprinted as "The Valiant Varneys" in Buster in 1965-66. I've also seen it noted that some of "The Valiant Varneys" reprinted episodes of "Terry-Thomas" from Film Fun, also drawn by Roy Wilson, with Reg Varney drawn in by another hand.
Obituaries: The Times (17 November); Daily Telegraph (17 November); The Guardian (17 November); The Independent (18 November).
(* artwork © IPC Media. My thanks to Dave Whitwell [see comments] for reminding me of the earlier Varney strip.)