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TOM THUG (The Brainless Bully)
Appeared throughout the entire run of OINK! (1986-88) and then transfered to BUSTER (1988-98, with reprints afterwards until the final issue in 1999). Also in OINK and BUSTER annuals and specials of that period.

Tom was my version of the traditional "naughty kid" character that's popular in UK comics. However, wheras most characters of that ilk are anti-heroes, Tom was an unsympathetic "baddie" whose scemes always backfired on him. Unlike the standard "harrassed parents" of such kid strips, Tom's parents were motivational in his personality. Tom's Dad was forever trying to turn his son into a school bully (as apparently was the family tradition) but Tom's Mum was an overly-fussy type, forever deflating Tom's macho attempts. Other characters in the strip included Wayne Brayne, school genius, Doris Boyle (spotty girl with a crush on Tom), Mr.Turnip the teacher, and Satan, Tom's cat.

During the character's run in BUSTER, Tom became one of the most popular strips in that legendary comic and had the rare privilege of ousting the cover star from his own comic on more than one occasion (see cover image, right).

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In time, I'll add pages to this site focusing on:

SUBURBAN SATANISTS
COMBAT COLIN
TEAM TOXIC

and background info on:

CAPTAIN WALLY
DEREK THE TROLL
ROBO CAPERS
THE VAMPIRE BRATS
NORMA SNOCKERS
ROCK SOLID
THE PATHETIC SHARKS
SUICIDAL SYD
BRICKMAN

as well as covering my script work on SONIC THE COMIC,CiTV TELLYTOTS and LEGO ADVENTURES.