As the battle intensifies and the zaniness builds, the story arc reaches its conclusion. Here, “having sport with cheeses” means knocking the fire brigade from the rigging.
The only way this could be better was if it was flaming cheese (a Detroit favorite).
An interesting detail in the April 23, 1961 episode above is how the strip’s logo is partially obscured by Grommet’s monstrous ship. By the next Sunday’s comic, the old logo will have disappeared, replaced by a new one, and accompanied by the byline, “Story by Jay Heavilin.” While this new chapter carries over a couple of characters from the one that preceded it, the tone of the comic strip’s narrative changes.
After begging her father to accompany Kevin to England, Elsa and her mother set off on the journey across the North Sea with him. Allowing his wife and daughter to make the crossing in Kevin’s small boat—Kevin obviously made quite an impression Mr. Van Loo.
Meanwhile, in London, King Henry meets young Percival Southwick, and quickly sizes him up.
The new logo was enlarged slightly for the May 7, 1961 episode, below, and looks great—its proportions work quite nicely with the amount of vertical space provided by a single tier of panels. A taller logo meant it took up more real estate horizontally, and apparently Collins didn’t like the tradeoff. As far as I can tell, the logo would always appear at the smaller size going forward.
Here are the three episodes in color, as third-pages.
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2 thoughts on “Changing of the Guard”
Speaking of flaming cheese, Jay Heavilin’s pot-boiler dialogue sounds so wrong coming from the mouths of Kreigh’s characters. The strip takes a hit during this period, although KC’s artwork is at a real peak. And I always wondered when that new logo came in.
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