2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Prog 727

Bix Barton’s latest ridiculous adventure, Carry On Barton, hits its penultimate episode this prog. Bix stories never run for very long, unfortunately, although, by Bix standards, six weeks is quite a length. In it, he is tasked with protecting three members of the aristocracy from the Carry On Club, other members of the upper class elite who like the Carry On films so much that they’ve even gone through cosmetic surgery to look like their favourite cast members. Basically, it’s a device to create a story where late comedy actors go on a murder spree.

It’s 1991 and the Carry On films are going through a period of ironic appreciation which started with students and has now reached the mainstream. It has already hit 2000 AD. Last years Judge Dredd Mega-Special featured a strip called Carry On Judging. I would say, of the two, Carry On Barton seems to be more successful as a pastiche, if in a sick way.

Personally, I find the fondness some people have for Carry On films a little misguided. I generally suspect, in fact, that the British public find the sight of elderly men lusting over very young women troubling, the jokes, in general, to be pathetic and Barbara Windsor’s bra pinging off across the camp site surprisingly sexless. Come on, admit it, whenever you read every few years of a new Carry On film is being made by the current wave of populist comedians, your heart sinks.

Oh, suit yourself, then.

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  • The Bix story I have fondest memories of is the one about a single-celled toilet attendant in Peckham or somewhere... my recollection's slightly hazey. Anyway, it was always a solid, funny strip.

    By Blogger Joe, at 1:48 am  

  • I haven't to that one yet, Joe. I don't remember it anyway.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 12:21 pm  

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