The Eyeballs in the Sky

March 21, 2008

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For almost 50 years Maurice Dodd’s strip cartoon “The Perishers” appeared in The Daily Mirror.

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 It managed to be true to life yet surreal  all at the same time. Like “Peanuts” no adults ever appeared in the strips, just a group of children and their dog. For many years each August the Perishers would go on holiday. Once there the story would move to the inside of a rock pool !!!

For a whole year the leader of the crabs living in the rock pool had been predicting the return of a cataclasmic event in the life of crabdom. Eventually it came to pass. Giant eyeballs once again appeared in the sky. This sequence was  so popular it became an annual event in the comic strip for a week or so each year.

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For a fascinating account of the life of Maurice Dodd click here.

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