Kirsty and the Coal Imp


Kirsty Brown accidentally releases Nutty Slack, a coal imp with magical powers, from a big lump of coal where he was imprisoned by the Coal Wizard. Nutty is so grateful to Kirsty for freeing him that he decides to stay with her. No one knows about Kirsty’s unusual friend, as Nutty can make himself invisible to everyone but her.

kirsty and the coal imp



  • Kirsty and the Coal Imp – Judy: #152 (8 December 1962) – #159 (26 January 1963)

7 thoughts on “Kirsty and the Coal Imp

  1. I was stoking up the fire at 4 on a Sunday morning, and staring into the coal flames. Half asleep, I started day dreaming about Nutty, the coal imp, a character I vividly remember reading about in a comic many years ago, and which had fired my imagination. I looked it up on line, and there it was, just as inspirational as it had been, all those years ago !

  2. Given that the full name of the Coal Imp was Nutty Slack it is perhaps worth pointing out that the actual nutty slack was a poor quality coal-based extra to put on top of coal in your fire during some early post-war years until some point in the early fifties when coal itself was no longer rationed.

  3. I don’t think pollution was much of an issue at that time. It was after all less of a threat to life and limb than the Germans had been, and you could always open a window for brief periods even in the winter.

  4. This strip owes its origins to a prose story ‘Nutty the Coal Imp’ that was published in the Beano in 1953 in which Nutty’s human friend is a ten year old boy named Peter Wilson.
    The full publishing details of this earlier incarnation are as follows –
    Nutty the Coal Imp 567(30/5/53)-598(2/1/54) – title changed to ‘Nutty the Wizard up our Chimney’ with No 587(17/10/53). Title illustrations by Bill Holroyd.
    My Pal Nutty 609(20/3/54)-629(7/6/54) – title changed to ‘In the Power of the Coal Wizard’ with No620(5/6/64). Title illustrations by Bill Holroyd.
    The character also appeared in four Beano Books
    1955 Nutty the Coal Imp
    1956 The Day Dad Turned Green
    1957 No Peace for Peter Wilson
    1958 My Pal Nutty
    The first three were in the same text story format while the 1958 was a picture story.
    All the annual artwork was again by Bill Holroyd.

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