Since their launch in 1954, the antics of The Bash
Street Kids had rapidly become one of the most popular features
of The Beano. And so, in 1967, readers clamouring for more from
Class IIB were introduced to their best friends - their pet
The Bash Street Pups were a close knit gang, just like their
owners. And the similarities didn't end there. The leader of the
pack was Bones, whose black and white fur featured similar 'death's
head' skull and bone markings as the ones worn by his owner, Danny.
Sniffy was a bone-head, just like his idiotic owner Smiffy, Pug had
Plug's good looks (???), Manfred's oversized collar made him a
dead-ringer for Wilfrid, Peeps and Wiggy were twin siblings, just
like Toots and Sid, Spotty's dog Blotty was a chubby little
dalmatian, Tubby liked his grub just as much as Fatty, and 'Enry
was as short-sighted as 'Erbert.
The action took place, not in a classroom, but in the streets
and alleys around Bash Street. These stories frequently revolved
around the pups' attempts to pinch food from the local butcher,
their disputes with local alley cats, and their attempts to avoid
the dog catcher. When all of this had worn them out, they could be
found hanging around the up-turned bin which they called home.
From 1967 till 1988, Pup Parade appeared weekly, drawn by Gordon
Bell. Since then, there have been occasional return visits in The
Beano and in Bash Street Kids Summer Specials.