This week saw the passing of TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth, his death and lengthy TV career marked with many tributes in newspapers, on TV news and online. It’s been noted that despite his undoubted small screen success he apparently regreted never making it big in the United States or film. But the man who millions remember for his success on shows such as Sunday Night at the Palladium (his “break-out” show in the 1950s), The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing was certainly no stranger to the world of comics.
While he would later guest star, for example, in The Beano (in the 75th Anniversary issue (and, back in 2006, alongside Minnie the Minx when she paid a visit to Strictly Come Dancing), and even an issue of Doctor Who Adventures, Bruce’s biggest comics appearance was as the front page star of Film Fun, drawn by Roy Wilson. Bruce himself was portrayed very much as a straight man in these marvellous strips, while the world about him descended into chaos.
A young-looking Bruce also appeared in a short potted biography “Adele Leigh – Growing Up” in DC Thomson’s Judy in 1964, drawn by David Slinn.
Sir Bruce made many other comic appearances and I’m sure readers will have their own favourites. Like many others he was lampooned in VIZ, for example, but perhaps his strangest cameo was alongside Judge Dredd and Marvel UK’s Captain Britain, in the one-off Comic Relief charity comic published in 1991.
Sir Bruce gave us many laughs… but perhaps none more so than when he out-chinned Desperate Dan, Dredd and Dan Dare.
Our thanks to “The Mighty Atom” – comic legend in many more ways than one!
• Comic Relief – Full Creator Credits List (Comic Vine)
(Thanks to “Jimmy”, Mark John, Paul Lang, David Slinn and Lew Stringer – and others – for various Bruce Forsyth comic tips)