Obsessive Topic-watchers might have spotted a few times in Topic 2 when I’ve used an eraser to rub things out. Usually titles of things I intended to write before changing my mind in favour of something else. On two of these occasions, it looks like I wrote the name Jupe - once even stylised as an acronym - J.U.P.E. - with the tantalising tagline “the first man to…” Well, if you read those footnotes and found yourself tossing and turning in bed at night wondering what the Hell Jupe was actually the first man to, you need toss and turn no more. Finally, this page gives you an answer, though not necessarily the one you expected. Because obviously with a name like ‘Jupe’ you’d expect him to be the first man to be born on Jupiter, right? Wrong, dumb ass! It was Saturn all along and I tricked you. Sadly, for acronym fans who desperately wanted to know what the initials stood for, there’s no joy, nor any indication his name ever stood for anything beyond ‘man who obviously comes from Jupiter’. A bit more background: there was a character called Jupe in a strip in 2000 AD called The V.C.s. There was also a character in it who looked vaguely like the picture I’ve drawn here, so for a long time, I assumed I’d just copied him from 2000 AD. But wrong again! I’ve actually based his look on a completely different character in the same strip called Dwarf Star. Whether I thought this made him my creation rather than Gerry Finley-Day’s, I don’t know, but I guess it’s all part of the general exploration of intellectual property philosophy I was going through at the time. So that’s Jupe. The wrong face and a stupid tagline. He’s got weird eyes with no pupils. Does that mean he’s blind? I guess it won’t surprise you when I tell you we’ll never know. But what will surprise you is that Jupe actually does return - twice, in fact, later in the year. I’ll leave you in suspense as to how much we actually learn about him then…
Jupe - The First Man to Be Born on Saturn
April/May 1980
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Jupe
Jupe - The First Man to Be Born on Saturn
Obsessive Topic-watchers might have spotted a few times in Topic 2 when I’ve used an eraser to rub things out. Usually titles of things I intended to write before changing my mind in favour of something else. On two of these occasions, it looks like I wrote the name Jupe - once even stylised as an acronym - J.U.P.E. - with the tantalising tagline “the first man to…” Well, if you read those footnotes and found yourself tossing and turning in bed at night wondering what the Hell Jupe was actually the first man to, you need toss and turn no more. Finally, this page gives you an answer, though not necessarily the one you expected. Because obviously with a name like ‘Jupe’ you’d expect him to be the first man to be born on Jupiter, right? Wrong, dumb ass! It was Saturn all along and I tricked you. Sadly, for acronym fans who desperately wanted to know what the initials stood for, there’s no joy, nor any indication his name ever stood for anything beyond ‘man who obviously comes from Jupiter’. A bit more background: there was a character called Jupe in a strip in 2000 AD called The V.C.s. There was also a character in it who looked vaguely like the picture I’ve drawn here, so for a long time, I assumed I’d just copied him from 2000 AD. But wrong again! I’ve actually based his look on a completely different character in the same strip called Dwarf Star. Whether I thought this made him my creation rather than Gerry Finley-Day’s, I don’t know, but I guess it’s all part of the general exploration of intellectual property philosophy I was going through at the time. So that’s Jupe. The wrong face and a stupid tagline. He’s got weird eyes with no pupils. Does that mean he’s blind? I guess it won’t surprise you when I tell you we’ll never know. But what will surprise you is that Jupe actually does return - twice, in fact, later in the year. I’ll leave you in suspense as to how much we actually learn about him then…
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