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Story Background Notes
This particular story formed in my mind as a result of reading an old issue of D.C.'s The Unexpected, volume 28, issue 210, May 1981. The story entitled Things That Go Thump!, is told over four pages and involved a museum guard chasing a shadowy figure around a museum. (Story by Laurie Sutton, art by Joe Brozowski & Steve Mitchell and colours by Jerry Serpe. Thank you gentlemen). I took the initial idea and felt it would be an ideal story for the Flying Bobby, P.C. Terret. I added the text and also took the opportunity to tell part of Yorkton City's history (which amazingly mirrors the City of York's history), so readers learn that the Romans and Vikings settled in Yorkton and that later the city became a major railway centre.
Not content with that I also added some visual jokes in the form of paintings. So for example, on page two Terret is fast asleep under a 'painting' of the Pinkerton Eye (the American private detective agency), which boasts that they never sleep.
Will Eisner's detective The Spirit celebrates his 75th anniversary this year (2015) and I wanted to pay homage to the great man in some small way. The painting on page five is based on a billboard splash page that Eisner drew for the story Dolan Walks a Beat (17th April, 1949). I admit I'm not too sure if I've managed that or not. Creating the Spirit Lego minifigure wasn't easy. Lego don't produce a dark blue fedora hat nor any suitable Spirit style suit. So the train conductor's body was enlisted along with the Riddler's head. (On second thoughts using the train conductor's body is probably appropriate seeing as how this is a railway series).
King Tut, the Egyptian pharaoh or king is also known as Tutankhamun. In trying to think of a pharaoh's name I came up with King Tut Tut. Tut, Tut has a meaning most English speaking people hopefully will pick up on. For those of you how aren't familiar with the expression, it means, a rebuke or impatience or contempt. I also added to the story the information about running, obtained from several sources of information.
Lastly, there was the opportunity to leave some 'Easter Eggs' or clues for further stories coming later this year. So what should have been a quick and easy story ended up being a very busy five pages indeed!*****
Page update - Jan. 2016I have added below the short story from the D.C. Unexpected issue 210, which inspired the above story.