was a long running British Anthology Comic
. A Spin-Off
of sorts of Andy Capp
, with Buster, the comic's eponymous main character supposedly being Andy's son, although the two characters rarely met in the comic and never in Andy Capp's Newspaper Comic
Buster ran for 40 years, starting in 1960. It merged
with a great many number of comics during it's run and was the last survivor of IPC's note
The comic's most popular strips included X-Ray Specs
, Ivor Lott and Tony Broke
, Cliff Hanger
, Mummy's Boy
, Sweeny Toddler
, Tom Thug
and Clever Dick
This comic (and its strips) provide examples of:
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: The boy in Mummy's Boy was dressed like a baby although he was obviously much older.
- Art Initiates Life: Almost done in the Chalky strip: His drawings, although they don't come to life, do appear indistinguishable from reality to anyone who sees them.
- Art Shift: During its early period, Buster included more realistic adventure strips alongside the cartoony strips, which eventually came to make up most of its content.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Odd Ball; a round, red floating ball with arms who could change shape. His race also had an illness which caused them to turn into cubes and could only be cured by drinking a huge amount of freshly boiled water (...or just waiting the illness out).
- The Bully: Tom Thug.
- Captain Ersatz: The Leopard from Lime Street was an obvious Ersatz version of Spiderman.
- Choose Your Own Adventure: Cliff Hanger contained elements of this with readers being able to choose endings for the strip. note .
- Comics Merger: Buster merged with probably the largest number of comics during its run than any other comic; the final merger was with Whizzer and Chips in 1990. Many of the comics it merged with had already merged with other comics, especially Whizzer and Chips, which had merged with four comics during its lifetime one of those four (Whoopee!) had also merged with another three comics.
- Creator Cameo: Jack Edward Oliver used to insert himself into Vid Kid strips, which was lampshaded with weekly challenges to find him. Terry Bave would also occasionally insert himself (and occasionally his wife) into his Odd Ball and Melvyn's Mirror strips.
- Eagleland: Of the mixed variant; Several of the strips had arcs or one shot comics which involved the characters visiting America portrayed Americans as somewhat excitable but overall quite pleasant (aside from the odd villain).
- Despite being a parody of Dallas, Junior Rotter mostly averted the trope.
- Private Detective: Crowjack was a crow and a private detective.
- Distaff Counterpart: Martha's Monster Makeup and Faceache both involved Voluntary Shapeshifting and both were drawn by the same artist Ken Reid. Ivor Lott and Tony Broke and Milly O'Naire and Penny Less.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: X-Ray Specs was about a boy and his X-Ray Specs, which gave him X-Ray Vision.
- False Teeth Tomfoolery: Gums was a Threatening Shark with a pair of False Teeth which he always managed to lose.
- Forgetful Jones: This was the gimmick in the Memory Banks strip. In the last issue, the strip's main character forgot to breathe and died.
- Invisibility: This is what Val's Vanishing Cream did in the eponymous strip.
- Disappearing Trix also had this power. Normally her clothes vanished with her whenever she blinked, but on at least one occasion, she blinked to get something out of her eye, and accidentally became an Invisible Streaker.
- Lazy Bum: This was Lazy Bones' gimmick. He eventually got Insomnia in the last issue.
- Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded in one Tom Thug strip, which notes that he even wears his boots in bed.
- Never Bareheaded: Buster himself. Fans did ask what was under the cap and, much like Fleetway's at the time stablemate Judge Dredd, they teased it out a lot. The finale did reveal that Buster had the same haircut as Dennis the Menace.
- Screwed by the Network: In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Fleetway ended many of their older comics such as Whizzer and Chips in order to prepare for a set of new comics for the 1990s and 2000s. However, this coincided with a buyout from Egmont, who had no interest in continuing Fleetway's humour comic lineup, opting for licensed comics instead. Not only did Egmont immediately cancel the new comics, but they also cut the budget of Buster, meaning that the comic gradually went from all-new material to consisting almost entirely of reprinted material. In the final issue, only one strip was all-new: the final page.
- Slobs Versus Snobs: Apart from Ivor Lott and Tony Broke (which featured a rich boy and a poor boy), there was also Store Wars, which featured Bloggs and Son's corner shop and Mr. Superstore's...superstore (and the latter's doomed efforts to get the community to love his shop as much as the former's).
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Faceache could scrunge into any shape. Odd Ball was also capable of changing shape (although he always retained his bright red colour).
- Wild Child: Fishboy, raised by fish and able to breathe underwater. He usually wears seaweed swimming trunks. Despite the absurdity of the concept, this was a 'serious' strip.
- X-Ray Vision: X-Ray Specs.
- You No Take Candle: Fishboy.