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Andy Capp & Buster Capp!!!
I’m on a bit of a mini Andy Capp obsession of late. I’ve always loved the Andy Capp newspaper comic strip by Reg Smythe. I grew up reading this fantastic comic strip along side of classics likes Peanuts, Dick Tracy, Brenda Starr and others.
• Andy Capp
• Florrie “Flo” Capp
• Chalkie White
• Ruby “Rube” White
• Percy the rent collector
• Jackie the barman
• The Vicar
• Flo’s Mum
You don’t know who Andy Capp is? Shame on you. The Wiki:
Andy Capp is a British comic strip created by cartoonist Reg Smythe (1917–1998), seen in The Daily Mirror and The Sunday Mirror newspapers since 5 August 1957. Originally a single-panel cartoon, Smyth later expanded it to four panels.
Andy is a working class figure who never actually works, living in Hartlepool, a harbour town in northeast England. The title of the strip is a pun, a perfect phonetic rendition of that region’s pronunciation of the word “handicap”, as well as a reference to the main character’s trademark flat cloth cap.
His hobbies include pigeon racing, darts, snooker (his cue’s name is “Delilah” ), football (which always involves fights with the other players, and frequently ends with Andy being sent off), occasionally cricket and rugby, betting on horses, getting drunk in the local pub (often falling into the canal and being fished out by a constable, and always, seven nights a week, arriving home late as a result), fishing (and not catching anything bigger than a goldfish), womanising, loafing on the sofa, and fighting with his long-suffering wife, Florrie (also known as “Flo”).
Now, I never knew that Andy and Flo had a son, Buster. Shame on me. The Wiki:
Buster Capp is the fictional son of Andy Capp and Flo, and the star of his own comic simply called Buster.
Buster has been a contentious issue among his own fans, and fans of Andy Capp. The main reason for this is that Andy is not exactly father material.
Andy was only ever seen in the very early Buster comic strips, when the full title of the comics was Buster: Son of Andy Capp. The association was dropped a year or so later but Buster continued to wear his father’s cap up until 1992, when it was ditched in favor of a more modern baseball cap.
In the later years of Buster comic there was more mention of his famous father, even having Andy himself appear in an issue. As the comic was failing, there was presumably an attempt to ring in Andy Capp fans into the comic.
Speculation on the Buster Comic forums has arisen over Buster’s origins: is the storyline supposed to take place after the Andy Capp comic series, or is it supposed to take place in an alternate universe?