The Beano has never been the same without Mike Pearse.
Out of all the artists who have contributed to the Beano over the years, Mike's work has remained as one of my biggest inspirations and favourites. His style was very different to what other artists / writers were offering at the time; in fact, it is very much in spirit of all the classic French Comics (such as Asterix, Marsupilami, Gaston) in terms of artwork and humour - which felt more real and chuckle-worthy, IMO.
But after digging out my old Beanos and reading through Mike's 3 Bears storylines, my memories of each strip have remained as sharp as ever - and my sides are still splitting after all this time.
Five years just wasn't long enough for Mike - so wherever he is and whatever he's doing today.....good health mate, and thanks for all the laughs =)
And now, a selection of some faves:
Mike Pearse's first venture into the Beano. I'm glad that after the first few strips, Mike decided to draw and write his own speech bubbles, going by the mistake in the third panel...
While Ma, Pa and Ted still ambushed Hank's Store, Mike also had fun playing the characters off one another, as well as introducing a few new faces - namely, a pal for Ted...
And to finish off, this two-parter comic that truly left me in knots - even with two Bears, it's still funny as Hell!!