*Humour Comics: Continuing our monster top-up of Buster, we hit the years 1975 and 1976, which saw the debuts of comedy series ‘Kid Gloves’, which ran more than a decade, and one of the last – and certainly the most successful – adventure series to run in Buster, ‘The Leopard from Lime Street’, illustrated by veteran artists Mike Western and Eric Bradbury, and written by…well, no-one’s actually confessed to it, which may be because it’s a tad…familiar. Plucky orphan? Check. Radioactive critter giving strange powers? Check. Ailing aunt? Check. Part-time job as a newspaper photographer? Check. Ah, but this do-gooder – variously known as ‘Leopardboy’, Leopardman’, or ‘The Beast’ – is a 13-year old schoolboy who has an abusive uncle as well as an ailing aunt, so that’s completely different. Whatever the similarities, ‘Leopard’ was a huge hit, running almost ten years, and beating out previous record holder ‘Fishboy’ for the title of Buster’s most enduring adventure series. This period also saw Buster snap up the ailing ‘Monster Fun’, fully half of whose contents found new homes, so it was more a true merger than most such, with ‘Kid Kong’, ‘Martha’s Monster Make-Up’, ‘Teddy Scare’, ‘Draculass’, ‘Gums’ and more adding to the antics. The Leopard debuts in the 27/3/76 issue VG £10.