Alfie "Jumbo" Johnson was a 12 year old boy who served as "general" to a remote control model army, navy and air force created by scientist Professor Carter. Storylines involved crime-fighting and/or rescue missions. Jumbo made his first appearance in issue 583, dated 19 September 1953, and the strip continued intermittently until issue 1734, dated 11 October 1975, at which point it was the last adventure story in The Beano. However, he continued to appear in The Beano Book until 1979, and then every year from 1990-2008 (except 2007), and made a one-off appearance in the 60th birthday issue (2924, dated 1 August 1998).
VIENNESE WHIRL: The Schonbrunn Palace and, from Left, Sigmund Freud, Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Josef, Richard Wagner and Orson Welles in the Third Man Ghosts of Vienna; Frank Barrett Finds the Spirits of a Glorious Past Still Loom Large in the Austrian Capital
May 10, 1998; Byline: FRANK BARRETT HE KNEW exactly what I was looking for. The museum attendant shaped his hand into a gun and snapped: 'Bang!...