Joe is a big, tough guy who, as his nickname suggests, will have
a go at anything, especially if it's a spectacular display of
derring-do. He'll tackle stunts, feats of endurance, acrobatics,
and shows of strength, all to huge applause. It's only when he
tries to take on everyday tasks that he comes a cropper.
In this six frame strip,
Bill Holroyd drew episodes where Joe would wrestle with enormous
sharks, only to be knocked flying by a fish on the end of a fishing
rod, or showing his escapology skills by bursting out of iron
chains, before ending up tangled up in a ball of wool when he tries
to look after a playful kitten at home.
After the original strip
ended in 1949, Joe had another go at Beano stardom in 1951, this
time under the banner of 'The Beano Cinema'. The stories this time
were in serial form, with Joe having a go at being a 'Secret Agent'
and a 'Bodyguard'.