- Toots – First Appearance – Bunty: #01 (18 January 1958)
- Artist: Bill Ritchie
It wasn’t all drama, orphans and ballet in Bunty. There were a variety of humour strips that ran in Bunty. Most were a page long though some extended to two pages, others like Haggis, and from later issues, Girl Talk, were just a few panels at the end of the page.
Toots was a long running strip in Bunty. There was no continuous plot to follow so it didn’t always appear in consecutive issues, it was just a light-hearted funny strip. It was about a young girl, Toots,that wore a polka-dot dress and got into various adventures every week.
It was drawn by Bill Ritchie who is probably best known for his strips in comics like Beano, Beezer and Topper such as Sweet Sue, Smiffy, Baby Crockett and Gnatasha. Some stories had Toots not really winning at the end of the story. Such as a story where she is told she is needed for a “leading” part of the dramatic society ballet only for the strip to end with her leading people to their seats.
Other times she would come up on top of the situation. Whether it was outsmarting her friends or making use of an umbrella on a dry day.
A lot of the time she would exasperate her parents, usually not intentionally. In one strip she is making noise by wearing her mother’s shoes and ends up getting a telling off from her parents for scaring them. So she switches to slippers and ends up scaring them by “sneaking” up on them!
Whatever the situation, it was always a fun read.
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- Toots: Bunty Annual 1980
- Toots: Bunty Annual 1983
- Toots: Bunty Annual 1985
- Toots: Bunty Annual 1990
- Toots: Bunty Annual 1991
- Toots: Bunty Annual 1992
- Toots: Bunty Annual 1993
- Toots: Bunty Annual 1994
- Toots: Bunty Annual 1996