Comic Book: The Beezer
The Beezer was a British comic which first started in 1956. Originally A3 size, which was much larger than its stablemates (The Beano and The Dandy were both from the same publisher, DC Thomson), the comic ended up going A4 size in 1981.The comic merged with two comics Plugnote and Cracker in the 1970s and eventually merged with The Topper in 1990 to form The Beezer and Topper this combination of the two comics finally ended in 1993; however, the Beezer book (annual bumper editions) continued until the 2003 edition and the Beezer holiday special until 2002.The comic's most popular - and longest running - creations include "The Numskulls", "Colonel Blink", "Baby Crockett", "The Badd Lads", "Ginger", "Pop, Dick and Harry" and "The Banana Bunch".
This comic (and its strips) provide examples of:
- Blind Mistake: Colonel Blink
- Comics Merger: The Beezer absorbed Cracker and Plug, and later merged with The Topper.
- Expy: "The Banana Bunch" was originally this to "The Bash Street Kids", even by the same artist. However, they later went in a different direction.
- Mobile-Suit Human: The Numskulls were about a bunch of little people called Numskulls, who lived inside a man whom they called Our Man and sort of controlled him. This even spawned a subgenre of sorts with numerous expies, including "The Nervs" in Smash and "Ill Will and the Germs" in The Beano.
- Recursive Reality: In one annual, the Numskulls wonder if they are also 'worked' by even smaller Numskulls inside their own heads, but the Editor hastily ends the annual before they can find out.
- Stupid Evil: The Badd Lads were a bunch of comically useless criminals.
- Younger and Hipper: When the Beezer and Topper merged, Our Man from the Numskulls was replaced with a boy called Edd, and Colonel Blink became a young boy called Blinky. (Later, Colonel Blink made occasional cameos in Blinky's strip, usually in annuals, and was said to be his uncle, making Blinky a Legacy Character).