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"Bella at the Bar" (also known as "That Barlow Kid", or simply "Bella") was a strip that ran in Tammy, drawn by John Armstrong, from 1974 to 1984. Writers included Jenny McDade, John Wagner, Primrose Cumming and Malcolm Shaw.[1] Its main character was a wee lass named Bella who was into gymnastics. She lived an unhappy life with her uncle and aunt, helping her uncle's work as a window cleaner without pay. She often used her gymnastic abilities to fight injustice. A strip in the 1977 Tammy annual (written by Primrose Cumming)[2] sees her whacking a bully with a ladder after he taunts a young male ballet dancer.

Armstrong based the character's looks on his niece.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brave Bella Barlow, Tammy's most popular heroine, Books Monthly
  2. Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury, Great British Comics, p.141
  3. Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury, Great British Comics, p.141

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