So here we are with another of my ‘bunch of half-formed ideas’ pages, which sets up a promising situation and never amounts to anything else. I don’t know if I wrote stories about these guys at home - I might well have done, then thrown them all away - or if I just made up stories about them in my head. But it’s just as likely that this page is as far as it ever went. They’re supposed to be some kind of cartoon superhero gang. A bit like the one I wrote about when I came up with Tedosaurus. Not that I’ll have forgotten about The Nutty Gang - this is a completely different set of characters, so they may even have been rivals. What does ‘Yellyog’ mean? Absolutely nothing. It was just some daft word I made up. I thought the utter meaninglessness of it would convey a certain mad state of mind, some kind of infectious insanity or exhilirating absurdity. I’ve just Googled it, obviously, hoping it would turn out to be Welsh for vengeance or something similar, but it turns out even on the internet, the word has only ever been used once before, as a Twitter handle, and that appears to have been translated from Thai. So it looks like I coined an actual new word here. And not just any old new word, but a word no one appears to have written down for over 40 years. Can you imagine how amazing that feels? And how devastating it’s going to be when someone else uploads their 1978 schoolbooks and proves they made it up before me? (Update: two days after publishing, I looked again, and already this very page about The Yellyog Gang is the top result.) Raven Mad appears to be mad in both senses of the word ‘mad’ - he has cross eyebrows, suggesting he’s angry-mad, but the tagline “maddest bird in the universe” suggests he might be crazy/loony-mad as well. Plus he really needs to be distinct from Anger, who’s clearly angry-mad as well. We’ll meet him again at some point, but not in any substantial way. Anger is described as being from Rowland, which must be ‘row’ as in argument, not boat race. So not Kevin Rowland. Presumably in Row Land everyone rows all the time, so although he seems angry to us, if he went back home he’d be completely unremarkable. ‘Supergob’ is one of those words I’ll have heard around the place, like Apeth. It sounds like Mr Geraghty to be honest - the sort of thing he might have called Wayne Kelsey if he was chatting to someone when he shouldn’t have been. But here I’ve turned it into something truly grotesque - a giant mouth on a minuscule body. The sort of thing you expect to see in Elden Ring. And, logically, it says here he’s the “loudest person in the universe!” Mystery Personality is another character I held onto for later, though I eventually changed his name to ‘Unknown Personality’. The line here says he’s “the most mysterious person in the universe” and I guess that must be true - he’s got a pair of glasses over his mask after all, giving him an impenetrable double disguise. I could be wrong but I think I might have based him on Night Raven from Hulk Comic, which had made such an impression on me the year before. Iana - what a weird name, I wonder where it came from - appears to be the parental figure, with his hands on his hips, telling them all quite firmly to stop being such a bunch of lunatics. He wears a black helmet and big black boots and I don’t know if you can see this, but it looks like he’s got a picture of Raven Mad on his top. And his name, like one of those t- shirts you could get printed off with your name on it. I used to have a green t-shirt with the Bionic Man on it and my name ‘WAEN’ just above him. So a bit like that. Finally, Grobschnitt - you’ll remember him from just a few pages ago - is described simply as “new”. Which means the rest of these characters - and by extension this gang - already existed in my head long before I drew them all here. I think maybe with this and Captain Starlight, I was taking the opportunity to tell my Topic book - and the teacher, and my future self, and by extension, whoever reads this - that I already had a rich store of comic character ideas in my head. Characters I would consider my own inventions, that I clearly wanted to tell stories about. It’s just a shame I rarely ever did. Three of these guys will appear again. The other three, sadly, are done.
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The Yellyog Gang
April 1980
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Tedosaurus Prehistoric fun with a teddy bear the size of a dinosaur!
Apeth Badly-spelt high-jinks with a purple gorilla from outer space!
Grobschnitt’s Page Meet Grobschnitt, the dome-headed Harbinger of Mischief
Exploring the Underworld Eight boys go exploring in a dangerous cave
TERM 3 1980 continues with the embassy siege and The Empire Strikes Back
The Yellyog Gang
Apeth (from Ota Sbees) Ritern ov thu perpal geriller
Lazer Lash An exciting criminal spy adventure in a world made of lasers!
Woman Line Which of these five squiggly lines leads to the woman?
Super Jesus A special pin-up of your favourite Nazarene webslinger
HELP ME KEEP THIS WEBSITE ALIVE
Grobschnitt’s Page Meet Grobschnitt, the dome-headed Harbinger of Mischief
Apeth (from Ota Sbees) Ritern ov thu perpal geriller
Exploring the Underworld Eight boys go exploring in a dangerous cave
TERM 3 1980 continues with the embassy siege and The Empire Strikes Back
April 1980
The Yellyog Gang
The Yellyog Gang
So here we are with another of my ‘bunch of half- formed ideas’ pages, which sets up a promising situation and never amounts to anything else. I don’t know if I wrote stories about these guys at home - I might well have done, then thrown them all away - or if I just made up stories about them in my head. But it’s just as likely that this page is as far as it ever went. They’re supposed to be some kind of cartoon superhero gang. A bit like the one I wrote about when I came up with Tedosaurus. Not that I’ll have forgotten about The Nutty Gang - this is a completely different set of characters, so they may even have been rivals. What does ‘Yellyog’ mean? Absolutely nothing. It was just some daft word I made up. I thought the utter meaninglessness of it would convey a certain mad state of mind, some kind of infectious insanity or exhilirating absurdity. I’ve just Googled it, obviously, hoping it would turn out to be Welsh for vengeance or something similar, but it turns out even on the internet, the word has only ever been used once before, as a Twitter handle, and that appears to have been translated from Thai. So it looks like I coined an actual new word here. And not just any old new word, but a word no one appears to have written down for over 40 years. Can you imagine how amazing that feels? And how devastating it’s going to be when someone else uploads their 1978 schoolbooks and proves that they made it up before me? (Update: two days after publishing, I looked again, and already this very page about The Yellyog Gang is the top result.) Raven Mad appears to be mad in both senses of the word ‘mad’ - he has cross eyebrows, suggesting he’s angry-mad, but the tagline “maddest bird in the universe” suggests he might be crazy/loony-mad as well. Plus he really needs to be distinct from Anger, who’s clearly angry-mad as well. We’ll meet him again at some point, but not in any substantial way. Anger is described as being from Rowland, which must be ‘row’ as in argument, not boat race. So not Kevin Rowland. Presumably in Row Land everyone rows all the time, so although he seems angry to us, if he went back home he’d be completely unremarkable. ‘Supergob’ is one of those words I’ll have heard around the place, like Apeth. It sounds like Mr Geraghty to be honest - the sort of thing he might have called Wayne Kelsey if he was chatting to someone when he shouldn’t have been. But here I’ve turned it into something truly grotesque - a giant mouth on a minuscule body. The sort of thing you expect to see in Elden Ring. And, logically, it says here he’s the “loudest person in the universe!” Mystery Personality is another character I held onto for later, though I eventually changed his name to ‘Unknown Personality’. The line here says he’s “the most mysterious person in the universe” and I guess that must be true - he’s got a pair of glasses over his mask after all, giving him an impenetrable double disguise. I could be wrong but I think I might have based him on Night Raven from Hulk Comic, which had made such an impression on me the year before. Iana - what a weird name, I wonder where it came from - appears to be the parental figure, with his hands on his hips, telling them all quite firmly to stop being such a bunch of lunatics. He wears a black helmet and big black boots and I don’t know if you can see this, but it looks like he’s got a picture of Raven Mad on his top. And his name, like one of those t-shirts you could get printed off with your name on it. I used to have a green t-shirt with the Bionic Man on it and my name ‘WAEN’ just above him. So a bit like that. Finally, Grobschnitt - you’ll remember him from just a few pages ago - is described simply as “new”. Which means the rest of these characters - and by extension this gang - already existed in my head long before I drew them all here. I think maybe with this and Captain Starlight, I was taking the opportunity to tell my Topic book - and the teacher, and my future self, and by extension, whoever reads this - that I already had a rich store of comic character ideas in my head. Characters I would consider my own inventions, that I clearly wanted to tell stories about. It’s just a shame I rarely ever did. Three of these guys will appear again. The other three, sadly, are done.
Lazer Lash An exciting criminal spy adventure in a world made of lasers!
Woman Line Which of these five squiggly lines leads to the woman?