'''The Perishers''' was a long-running British newspaper comic strip, appearing in the ''Daily Mirror'' from about 1959 until its final cancellation in 2006. The strip was mostly written by Maurice Dodd, who also worked as an advertising copywriter. In actual fact, Dodd was neither the strip's creator, nor its original writer -- the strip was jointly created by its original artist Dennis Collins, and the ''Daily Mirror's'' entertainments editor, while its first writer, Ben Witham got fired within weeks after the first few strips were regarded as dismally unfunny -- but his name has always been the one most closely associated with the strip. Until 1983 it was drawn by Dennis Collins, in a highly detailed style which subsequent artists could never quite match. As of 2010 the ''Mirror'' is reprinting 1960s strips with Collins art and new colouring, somewhat squashed to fit a modern comic page and containing some updates to topical material - e.g., Maisie's references to "That nice [[UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson Mr. Wilson]]" are now directed to "That nice [[UsefulNotes/DavidCameron Mr. Cameron]]".

The strip features a group of urban schoolchildren and a dog. As such it is sometimes described as a British equivalent of ''{{Peanuts}}'', although it has a very different art style and relies on quirkily British humour in the tradition of music hall and Creator/SpikeMilligan.

See also [[http://www.theauthenticperishers.co.uk/ this website]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perishers The Other Wiki's Article]].
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!!''The Perishers'' provides examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Tatty Oldbitt.
* BadLiar: "Poor Girl", a kid who tries to plead poverty as an excuse for getting Wellington (who ''really is'' poor) to part with all his birthday presents. Never mind that she has a poor butler, maid, chauffeur etc. and wears a fur coat she got from the impoverished furriers.
* CigarChomper: Fiscal is always chomping on a ''chocolate'' cigar, as part of the general millionaire stereotype.
* CloudCuckoolander: Marlon and occasionally Boot - the latter frequently believed himself to be an 18th century Lord [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into a dog]] by a vengeful gypsy.
* ComicBookTime: Lampshaded by Wellington in one New Year strip, when he notices that he and his friends never seem to get any older.
* DependingOnTheArtist: After Dennis Collins retired, Maurice Dodd drew the strip for over a decade, but it was obvious that his drawing skills weren't really anywhere near those of Collins. The third and final artist, Bill Mevin didn't ''quite'' pull off a perfect imitation of Collins, but it was a pretty good one nonetheless.
* TheDitz: Marlon.
* FreeRangeChildren: especially when they go on holiday without adult supervision.
* GardenHoseSquirtSurprise: One mid-60s had Wellington asking Maisie to inspect the end of a hose while he went to adjust the "hydro control valve".
** Soon afterward Maisie found him leaning against a wall, and being GenreSavvy assumed that as soon as she took his place the wall would fall on her. She did it anyway, "just to go along with the gag", and [[spoiler:[[TwistEnding a lampppost fell on her instead]]]].
* HollywoodMagnetism: There's a strip where Wellington is demonstrating a magnet to Marlon, and he turns it backward so it will repel things. In reality, magnets will only repel other magnets, and only when their like poles are facing each other.
* ItsBeenDone: On one occasion Marlon took up inventing for a hobby. When his friends pointed out that his inventions (fire, the wheel and the horse and cart) had all been invented by other people, he wasn't worried because he invented them quicker and was therefore catching up.
* MinorLivingAlone: Wellington lives alone in a squat with his dog, even managing to go to school with the other kids. Before moving into the squat, he and Boot lived in a section of ''concrete sewer pipe'' that had been left lying around in a closed builder's yard.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The kids lived in Croynge, which suggests a South London district modelled on Croydon and Penge.
* OnceASeason: Once a year, the gang would go off to the beach for a holiday, and Boot the dog would wander off to peer into a particular rockpool to see if it still had crabs living in it. Cue a string of strips about the crabs, who had developed a religion based on the recurring phenomenon of the Eyeballs in the Sky.
* ParentalAbandonment / ThereAreNoAdults: it is never made clear which.
* ParodyReligion: The crabs have one, worshipping Boot on his regular visits, although most of their leaders are just in it for the money.
** Said religion also comes complete with a [[FlatEarthAtheist skeptic movement trying to disprove the existince of the Eyeballs in the Sky.]]
* PersonalRaincloud: Wellington. He sometimes exploits it by standing in his rhubarb patch when it's about to rain on him.
* ThePigPen: Dirty [=McSquirty=].
* ReallyGetsAround: Tatty Oldbitt, [[UnusualEuphemism the Sailors' Friend]].
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Pretty rare, but Wellington and Boot moving into an abandoned railway station bulding is made possible by the fact that [[SarcasmMode that nice Dr. Beeching]] had closed down the line it was on.
* RulesOfOrphanEconomics: Mixture of Type 1 and Type 3 in Wellington's case. It's never quite explained how Wellington and Boot survive, but quite obvious they're poor and there isn't much food (except when Boot nicks the odd string of sausages) and that Wellington's friends give him handouts. That's not to mention when Wellington tries to make money by trying to fob Marlon off with yet another go-kart (much to Maisie's dismay) or trying to remind the other kids it's his birthday (and presents should be given).
* RunningGag: The strips penned by Ben Witham generally had Boot making some remark about "these perishing kids," usually in the last panel. This was quickly dropped by Maurice Dodd when he took over the writing duties. It resurfaced in the title sequence to the animated series.
* SpeechBubble: Baby Grumpling speaks in lower-case; Fred Kilroy the Teutonic Tortoise speaks in Fraktur (German copperplate).
* ThemeNaming: Wellington and his dog, Boot
* ThoseTwoGuys: Fred the beetle and [[NoNameGiven The Caterpillar.]]
* ThoughtBubbleSpeech: used by the dogs, but not by the crabs or insects.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Marlon's inch-thick ketchup sandwiches - possibly the only sandwich to have a blast radius.
* TheUnseen:
** In the 1960s, Bully Bloggs, Wellington's arch-nemesis.
** Masie's rival Blossom [=McGinsberg=].
** Dirty [=McSquirty's=] Cousin Worsoff started out as this. (Assuming he even existed, and wasn't an obvious contrivance by [=McSquirty=].)
* TheVoice:
** In the 1990s, Dirty [=McSquirty's=] Cousin Worsoff (the proverbial "person who's worse off than you"); never seen because he lives in the sewers and only communicates with his cousin via street drains.
** The New Baby, only ever shown as a pram with thought bubbles.
* YouDoNotHaveToSayAnything
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