Superlamb

  • Superlamb –  Bunty:   #1469 (08 March 1986) – #1485 (28 June 1986)
  • Artist: Matías Alonso

Plot

A girl named Mary, of course, has a pet lamb. Lenny the lamb gets injured and is rebuilt by vet scientists. They have the technology, the capability to build the world’s first bionic lamb. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. Along with being super fast and strong, Lenny has heat powers, x-ray vision and once after being hit by lightning he became super magnetic for a  while. He gets Mary into trouble sometimes but usually everything works out for the best in the end. In one instance he gets trapped in a school oven, he breaks out destroying the oven. Luckily the Home Economics teacher, Miss Dixon, is glad as she can get the school to invest in a new cooker!

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Lenny gets into trouble again when he gets hold of a hang-glider, Mary grabs hold of him to try and stop him but they are both swept up into the sky. They crash into a tree and Mary is left hanging on for her life. Lenny cuts the tree down and takes the brunt of the tree falling in order to save Mary. She takes him to the vet who says he has exhausted his bionic powers and he’ll just be an ordinary lamb now, though never growing old. But as Mary walks him home, Lenny turns invisible. It seems that he has gained other powers to make up for his lost ones! So the story ends on the possibility of more adventures with Lenny.

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Thoughts

Making a character, bionic, was a popular way to gain powers. Supergirl (Bunty’s version, not Superman’s cousin!) also had a similar origin. At times Lenny gets to be a hero, he helps capture some burglars and joy-riders.

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For the most part though Lenny’s powers are not used for super-heroics.  He is often just mischievous. Causing trouble in the first place. It is a fun story and ridiculous (in a good way).  The ending doesn’t really make a lot of sense, as super strength, speed and even x-ray vision seem possible after bionic enhancements, but I’ve never heard of  bionic invisibility! But this is a world where you leave all thoughts of reality behind and just enjoy the fun.  The lamb is cutely drawn, and the art throughout is good.

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Mary’s main purpose seems to be tying to keep Lenny, and herself, out of trouble and giving exposition on his powers. So she doesn’t get a whole lot of character arc, but she shows how much she cares about Lenny, when she tries to protect him and is concerned when he is sick. She also knows when to use his powers to his advantage, such as helping her carry newspapers and with mowing the lawn.  As well as that she continues the tradition of being a Bunty character, that reads Bunty!

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List of Appearances

  • Superlamb –  Bunty:  #1469 (08 March 1986) – #1485 (28 June 1986)

Other Appearances

  • Superlamb –  Bunty Annual 1987
  • Superlamb – Debbie Picture Story Library #174

6 thoughts on “Superlamb

  1. Judy had Superbabe, a baby bred by scientists to have superpowers. Like Superlamb, Superbabe’s powers all revolve around causing mischief, mayhem and loads of laughs for the readers. I rememember seeing Superlamb in a Bunty annual, which indicates he was popular.

    Bunty characters reading Bunty is not surprising to me. Jinty characters read Jinty, Tammy characters read Tammy, and so on. Which has me wondering: did they ever read about themselves?

  2. The references to the bionic shows are quite surprising, as they had ended eight years before and must have been dated by 1986. Or did the influence of the bionic shows linger on that long in Britain?

    1. Well I do remember seeing repeats of the shows in the early 90s, I think it was common for stories to be influenced by tv shows. Like Flights of Flopear was somewhat influenced by Doctor Who.

      1. Grange Hill was huge on the comics, inspiring Pam of Pond Hill (Jinty) and The Comp (Nikki, later Bunty) among others.

        The Good Life was another big influence, inspiring Down to Earth Blairs in Tammy and It’s a Nice Life in Jackpot (later Buster). Hogan’s Heroes (and probably Dad’s Army as well) influenced The Lads of Stalag 41 in Jet (later Buster) and Schoolditz (School Fun).

        I wonder what other serials were influenced by the bionic series? Tammy did mention the bionic woman a couple of times but had no bionic-inspired serials. Neither did Jinty, except maybe The Robot Who Cried. Were bionic-inspired serials more likely to have appeared in the DCT titles?

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