Tin-Can Tommy

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Tin-Can Tommy
Comic strip character(s) from The Beano
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Publication information
Creator(s)The Dinelli brothers
Other contributors Sam Fair
Charles Gordon
George Drysdale
First appearanceIssue 1
(30 July 1938)
Last appearanceissue 3185 (2003)
Also appeared in The Beano Annual
Current statusDiscontinued
Main Character
FamilyBabe (sister)
Clanky (pet)
Ironsides (pet)
Professor Lee (creator/father)

Tin-Can Tommy (The Clockwork Boy) was a comic strip in the UK comic The Beano , featuring Tommy, the clockwork 'son' of Professor Lee and his wife. It first appeared on the back page of issue 1, dated 30 July 1938, where we learn that it was built due to the death of their own son a year earlier (a concept which predates Astro Boy ).

A few years later came the addition of a clockwork sister called Babe, a pet cat called Clanky, and a horse called Ironsides. [1] The strip was created by the Italian Dinelli brothers, but they disappeared in France at the start of World War II. [2] The strip was taken over by one of DC Thomson's own artists after issue 69 with new strips being drawn by Sam Fair, Charles Gordon and George Drysdale. [3] The strip continued until issue No 303 in 1947.

In issue 3185 (dated August 2003) Tin Can Tommy met Bea, Dennis the Menace's baby sister for the comic's 65th anniversary. [4]

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  1. http://www.beano.com/retro-beano/tin-can-tommy
  2. Gray, Sadie. "Archived". The Times . Archived from the original on 18 October 2012.[ dead link ]
  3. The History of the Beano. Dundee, Scotland: D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. 2008. p. 305. ISBN   978-1-902407-73-9.
  4. Beano issue 3185 a special 65th anniversary issue, dated 2 August 2003