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Oor Wullie under the hammer

May 11, 2011 in News

Rob Murray writes:

An oil painting of iconic Scottish cartoon-strip character Oor Wullie is due to be auctioned in Glasgow on Thursday night, and has been valued at between £2,500 and £3,500.

Oor Wullie Oil Painting by Graham McKean

© STV – Scottish Television – Image by artist Graham McKean

The painting, by Irvine-based artist Graham McKean, shows D.C. Thomson‘s Wullie – and his trademark upturned bucket – away from his Dundee home and sat on a sandy beach.

McKean has called the painting ‘Oor Wullie, Your Wullie, A Holiday Wullie’ – a play on the strip’s tagline of ‘Oor Wullie! Your Wullie! A ‘body’s Wullie!’

The character is celebrating his 75th birthday this year, having first appeared in the Sunday Post in 1936.

“I have painted many famous people over the years but I wanted to do a real Scottish icon this time, and that was when I thought of Wullie,” McKean told STV News.

“Like many Scottish youngsters, I grew up reading Oor Wullie and The Broons, although when I was deciding where to set the piece I decided to take him away from Dundee and put him in a location closer to my own home,” he added.

The auction raises the age-old question about the relative value of different art forms.

If McKean’s painting reaches its expected sale price, it will have made roughly double that of a sketchbook containing Wullie drawings by the character’s original artist, legendary Thomson cartoonist Dudley D. Watkins – which sold last year for £1,600.

Meanwhile, Wullie has been reinterpreted in a very different way in the current issue of Viz. A one-page strip titled ‘Oor Frankie’, drawn by Davey Jones, casts comedian Frankie Boyle in the role and, for a limited time, can be viewed here for free.

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Grandma returns and Oor Wullie goes

October 13, 2010 in News

Grandma has returned to Ipswich. The statue of the legendary Giles character was removed earlier this year to make way for a redevelopment of the area, but is now positioned looking up at the window where cartoonist Carl Giles worked as the centrepiece of the newly renamed Giles Circus (as previously reported in Bloghorn).

Meanwhile, north of the border a sketchbook belonging to Dudley D Watkins went under the hammer in Dundee last week. The sketchbook, which featured three sketches by Watkins of his comic characters Oor Wullie and The Broons went for £1600, easily beating the expected price of £1000. Also sold was a plaster cast of Oor Wullie sitting on an upturned bucket, which sold for £240.

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Jings! Gordon joins the Broons

January 26, 2009 in General

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The Broons is copyright DC Thomson

You will no doubt have already seen Gordon Brown teamed with Scotland’s first family of comic strips, the Broons, in the Private Eye parody The Broon-ites.

But at the weekend (January 25) the Prime Minister appeared in the genuine article: an episode of The Broons in The Sunday Post.

He appeared alongside Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, in a special edition of the comic strip created to mark the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth. The two were seen visiting Number 10 – Glebe Street, that is, where the Broons reside – for a traditional Burns supper. Braw.

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