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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Prog 916 02/12/94

The last ever adventure of Bix Barton, Nigel the Napolean of East Finchley, reaches a pivotal point this prog with the heart breaking death of his trusty sidekick, Michael Cane. Cane was dropped during a battle with The Nerd Youth and smashed to pieces. It takes Barton but a single page to pull himself together or, as writer Peter Milligan describes it, “after a decent period of mourning, Bix becomes head of the resistance movement…”

Peter Milligan rarely writes ‘em like this anymore. Every single word and phrase counts. Bix Barton is undoubtedly very, very funny, fifteen seconds ahead of the best of British comedy of the time (a vintage period). Jim McCarthy’s art might seem ugly to an outsider but I can tell you that he draws Bix Barton with an intensity that’s rarely matched. He’s the straight man making the strip even funnier. It’s a shame that I don’t encounter comic strips of this calibre anymore.

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  • I really really wish rebellion would do a compilation of this in particular and preferably some of Milligan's other stuff like Sooner or Later and Swifty's Return

    By Blogger Tam, at 2:33 pm  

  • Yeah, I would say that Bix deserves a collection more than most other strips. I imagine it would have a broader appeal if promoted right... perhaps.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:52 pm  

  • Is Bix creater owned?

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 6:43 pm  

  • I always liked Bix, it had a bit of wit about it that had been lacking in the comic.

    The bix barton serials were collected in the Extreme 2000AD magazine a couple of years ago, I'd bet you'd find them on ebay cheap as chips.

    By Blogger Derek, at 5:03 pm  

  • Victor, as far as I'm aware, Bix is owned by Tharg.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 12:43 pm  

  • Thanks Derek.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 12:44 pm  

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