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A strip from The Victor

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Writer:- The Victor editorial team. Artists:- Sutherland; Dorey?.

Main cast:- Cuthbert Mayblossom; Gorman Weary, his manager; Otis P. Bannerman (series 2).

Time period:- Beginning of the twentieth century, American West.

Weary Gorman, a boxing manager is down on his luck. Heís on the lookout for the next big boxing champion. Weary's contemplating this problem as he arrives in a small town. There he witnesses a pillow fight contest, with one competitor Cuthbert Mayblossom, standing out from the rest of the field.

Further enquiries reveals that Mayblossom is a natural fighter. Itís beginning to look as though Gorman has at last found a potential world champion. But itís not going to be that easy. Weary doesn't know much about pillow fighting and he has to bring all of his planning and some slightly dodgy skills into play, to ensure he can outwit Mayblossom's underhand opponents. There's also the problem that Mayblossom only eats Pumpkin Pie and naturally there are times when it isn't available, thus resulting in more headaches for Weary.

The second series introduces Otis P. Bannerman, a wealthy businessman who's on the lookout for new acts. His search leads him to Mayblossom and Gorman and the exciting sport of pillow fighting. Bannerman signs the two men on the spot and they all travel around America taking on all challengers.

The Pillow Champ was a popular character who featured in two series, two annuals and at least one appearance in a Victor Summer Special. The artists were Sutherland, and possibly Mike Dorey.

Pillow fighting has been popular over the centuries between children and adults. Several organised pillow fights take place around the world each year. For example, a pillow fight takes place each year after the graduation of officer cadets at West Point, America. 2015ís fight was in the news as several enterprising officers filled their pillows with hard objects which resulted in some cadets finishing the fight with broken bones and other injuries.

The following adventures of The Pillow Champ are from issues 499; 503; 504; 506; 653; 655; 656; 658; annuals 1972 & 1974.

***Please note that I am using a standard thumbnail image for all the full size pictures on this page. This is purely being done to save myself sometime.***

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Issue 499
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Issue 503
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Issue 504
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Issue 506
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Issue 653
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Issue 655
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Issue 656
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Issue 658
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Issue Annual 1972
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Issue Annual 1974
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