Black Bag the Faithful Border Bin Liner

A number of eons ago I knew a man by the name of Graham Murdoch who along with Dave Smith published a series of comics with a distinctly Scottish Theme under the name of “Keltic Komix”.
Titles such as “Last Quango in Harris” and “The Mystery of Achnagoulash” took Scotland by storm as the pair travelled from town to town selling the comics from an old pram which they steadfastly pushed from Aberdeen to Inverness and beyond.

Graham moved on to write and illustrate “Black Bag – The Faithful Border Bin Liner” in the adult comic Viz under the pen name of Snoddy (his cat). Black Bag of course was a spoof of the comic strip Black Bob the Faithful Border Collie, which appeared in the DC Thompson comic “The Dandy” from 1944 to 1965.
In the original story lines, Black Bob helps his owner, a shepherd round up sheep while also solving crimes, apprehending villains and generally doing good deeds.

In the Snoddy version, an upper-class boy is accompanied by a bin liner, blowing in the breeze. He wanders around the country generally messing up the lives of the people he meets. In one episode he actually rescues Brotherhood of Man from a well.
Most strips featured the bin liner being callously killed at the endImage

As this street scene in Inverurie clearly shows, the descendants of Black Bag are alive and well.


About Duncan Harley

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