After ju-jutsu last night, got accidentally hooked into ‘Trial and Retribution’ while helping Pestilence with a guitar part for school. Then even more hooked into Google research into the early comics I used to read, for the next couple of autobiographical articles. I even discovered a post from a usenet discussion in 2000 by someone who remembered – The Jellymen.
The Jellymen! A strip that appeared in the Beezer when I was about 5, the first time I remember following a serial so avidly. They were a race of creatures from under the sea, like a five-legged octopus walking on land, but with a head and two trumpet-tipped arms from which they could produce an almost indestructible bubble around anyone or anything. Britain was saved from bubble-dom by plucky teacher ‘Potassium’ Roberts and his chemistry class, who produced a bubble-dissolving fluid that could be sprayed from a fire extinguisher. One of his young class then established communication with a baby Jellyman, and learned that they were simply trying to escape overcrowding under the sea. I forget the details but some political compromise was reached and the Jellymen made their peace with surface dwellers and returned to the oceans. They were a gift to the child artist – two circles, two dots for eyes, and wavy lines for five legs and two arms. Bubbles were a half circle, with whoever was trapped in the bubble inside. I tell you, one day there will be a Jellymen fan club and convention and the name of ‘Potassium’ Roberts will be accorded due respect.