GOODIES COR!! COMIC SYNOPSIS #48
(by Linda Kay)
(from C&G 124 – March 2006)
1st December, 1973 No. 71
Cover banner: "Goody-Goody! TV Stars "The Goodies" Appear Inside!"
The idea of the Goodies becoming "baddies" was explored in the Goodies own television series when Dr. Petal created evil robot versions of our heroes. Much of the "havoc" caused by the Baddies in that episode is mirrored here but apart from that the premise and plot are completely different, as you'll see when you read the Cor!! comic we'll be reviewing this month.
Header: YOU'LL BE ENCHANTED WHEN THE GOODIES ARE HYPNOTISED!
The Goodies are sitting in their office when there is a knock at their door. Tim and Graeme look at the door in puzzlement (Bill is busy trying to get money out of a piggy bank to pay the delinquent bills on their desk). A mouse is also sitting on the desk looking at the door.
GRAEME: That's strange! Our clients don't usually knock!
Graeme opens the door and a sinister-looking man with a pointy beard and cloak, a real Svengali, waves a pocket watch back and forth in front of Graeme's face.
HYPNOTIST: Keep your eyes on this watch ... you are feeling *sleepy* ... you cannot keep your eyes open ... sleep ... *SLEEP* ..!
Graeme simply sneers at the man.
GRAEME: What on earth are you trying to do? What *is* all this rubbish? You don't think a trick like *that* would work on an *intelligent person,* do you?
Graeme turns around to see both Tim and Bill (not to mention the telephone and the mouse on the desk) have fallen fast asleep.
GRAEME: Did you hear that ... ? *Oooer!*
The hypnotist casually hits Graeme on the back of the head with his cane.
The hypnotist hovers over the unconscious Goodies evilly.
HYPNOTIST: You are under my *control* ... you will *obey* my wishes! You will cause *havoc* in Cortown ... then you will rob a *jeweller* and bring the *loot* back to me! Ha, harr! You will now become ...
We cut to the next panel where The Goodies have donned black stocking clothing which covers their entire bodies (except for their white gloves) and they are riding down the street on their trandem. Bill holds a sign which reads "We don't do anything for anybody - EVER!"
HYPNOTIST: (Continued from last panel) ... THE BADDIES!
AND SO *THE BADDIES* SET OFF TO WREAK HAVOC ...
As they continue to ride, Bill shoots the helmet off a police officer's head using a rock and slingshot.
BILL: Tee, hee!
THEY TERRORISED THE TOWNFOLK ...
As they ride past an elderly man in a wheelchair Tim blows a horn right into the man's ear, making him jump a mile.
OLD MAN: EEEEK!
THEY SET *TRICKY TRAPS* ...
The Goodies are hiding around a corner as a man walks down the street, not watching where he's going. Tim pulls a manhole cover off with a rope so that the man will step into it.
AND THEY TOOK *POTSHOTS* AT INNOCENT PASSERS-BY ...
The Goodies appear from behind a brick wall and shoot pea shooters at a group of young boys.
BOYS: OW! YEEEOW! OOOCH!
THEY PRESSED SUITS ... WITH PEOPLE STILL IN 'EM!
A sixteen ton weight is dropped onto an unsuspecting businessman waiting at the bus stop.
AND ALL THIS WAS ON THE WAY TO THE *BIG CRIME!*
The Goodies reach the jewelers's shop and Graeme breaks the front window with a brick while Bill jumps off the back of the bike carrying a bag marked "Swag."
The Goodies speed away from the jewelry store with the stolen loot, the owner chasing after them angrily. Tim pushes another policeman out of their way as they speed down the street.
BILL: Back to headquarters, gang!
Back at their office, the Goodies stand in a daze behind their desk as the Hypnotist examines the stolen jewels.
HYPNOTIST: Ha, ha! In one hour you will awake and become *The Goodies!* You will remember *nothing!* But tomorrow at midday you will become *The Baddies* once again!
AN HOUR LATER:
The Goodies are sitting innocently in their office when there is a loud banging on the door.
POLICE: Open up! It's the *police!*
GRAEME: The police?
An inspector in a trench coat enters with two policemen. He shows the Goodies his credentials as he speaks.
INSPECTOR: I'm Inspector Fumblefuzz of the Back Yard ... and you're just the men I want!
The Inspector addresses them earnestly.
INSPECTOR: There's been a rash of nasty doings by an outfit called *The Baddies!* And we want *you* to *capture them!*
HOW WILL THE GOODIES CAPTURE THEMSELVES! READ ON NEXT WEEK?
Sign-Off Line: If You Know What's Goodies For You You'll Order Cor!! In Advance!
RATING (using the BLACK PUDDING RATING SYSTEM):
III - Goody goody yum yum.
The beginning of this two-part story sets up the situation nicely and is quite intriguing the way it leaves off, leading readers wanting to pick up the next week's issue of Cor!! to find out what happens.
There are plenty of small, hidden jokes throughout this comic for readers find. In the first panel we can tell the Goodies are in financial straits because an in-basket is filled with papers marked "Bill" and "Inland Revenue" and Bill is fiddling with his piggy bank (which is only producing moths). The other wire tray on their desks holds a steaming teapot and teacups. After the hypnotist waves his watch it's very funny that not only Bill and Tim fall asleep but also the mouse, the telephone, the bills in the inbox are drooping and the piggy bank is asleep on Bill's stomach.
When the Baddies first appear on the scene one policeman and a dog go running away while two army sergeants grab each other in fear, crying "Mummy!" The old man who is frightened out of his wheelchair has a wind-up key on the back of the chair. The line of businessmen at the bus stop don't pay any attention when the 16 ton weight drops on their colleague. Ironically the headline of the newspaper the one businessman is holding (in the Daily Wail) reads "Further Crushing Burdens on Bus Commuters." This same man also has a small lock box chained and locked to his wrist and a small note from the cartoonist points out this is a season ticket.
When the Goodies rob the jewelry store there is a sign in the window which reads "Cut Price Diamonds - 5000 pounds off (with stamps.)" Next to the jewelry store is a pawn shop (three metal balls hang from above) called "I. Hockum." A policeman is standing by a sign on the corner while a car going through the intersection appears to have struck a pedestrian. A dog also sits by and watches the robbery with its tail wagging. As the Goodies race away from the crime scene Tim pushes the policeman into the sign, bending it sideways. And one of the pawn shop balls is falling toward Bill's head.
In the swag bag along with regular jewels is a crown and scepter. And Tim is playing with a paper airplane, Bill is sipping a cup of tea (with his pinky held out) and Graeme is reading a copy of Cor!! when the police come knocking.
A very exciting and suspenseful comic ... how will it all end? Find out in our next review!