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Launched: 22nd October 1983
Ended: 26th May 1984
Merged into: Buster
Annuals Released: 1985
My resources: The Toonhound Review of
School Fun & The 1985 Annual.
The characters that made it to Buster: Young Arfur, School Team, B'ware Caretaker, School
Belle, Teacher's United, Slowcoach, and Walt Teaser.
The Best of the Rest:
School Fun didn't have a star, as such, but lead with many great school strips. Most
made the switch, but there were some that were sadly left behind, including:
Grange Hill Juniors - School Fun launched off the back of Grange Hill, and tried to
cash in on the name too
Time Bus - Instead of learning maths, why not travel to the past of future on the
Schoolditz - Teachers and their pupils continuing lessons in a Nazi Prison
Creepy Crawler - Known as the snitch from Young Arfur in Buster, he initially had
his own strip
Old Boy - Britains Oldest Student he's been trying to learn for years!
The Award for Most Promising Strip:
Having now read the 1985 annual I can say School Fun was actually quite good.
Dogsbodies Academy was fantastic, essentially a dog school, but very good. Spy School
was also quite good the teacher trying to teach the kids how to be good spies! But
possibly the best was ETT (Extra Terrestrial Teacher). In Monster Fun I slammed
Creature Teacher for not quite being realistic. ETT gets around this as nobody knows
teach is an alien.....this just makes it more amusing as we watch him get to grips
with Earth life.
For instance, he bids farewell to his landlady as he heads for school, she says
"Aren't you going to take your coat?" and rather bewildered he replies "Certainly, if
it needs the excercise!"
The Award for the Most Disappointing Strip:
Willy Wonty is near the bottom. He is completely unable to make his mind up about
anything. It's not a bad strip, it's just difficult to see how much longevity the
strip could have. But he's not the worst. That award is reserved for Softy Sir, who
just doesn't work. I can't put my finger on what I don't like about the strip, but
it's nice to turn over and read something else. Possibly there were just plenty of
strips better then Softy Sir.
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