Billy Bunter was the archytypal English public school boy, with
what we would describe today as "an eating disorder",
but in that era he was simply known as The Fat Owl of the Remove.
He first appeared in the UK in the Fleetway story
paper The Magnet in February 1908. Written
by the prolific Frank Richards, Bunter became so popular that many
of the comic stories were turned into full length novels.
In 1939 writer Charles Hamilton started scripting the new comic
strip version that started in issue one of the Knockout
comic (4 March 1939 until 1963). Bunter was drawn by both Frank
Minnitt and Reg Parlett. In Britain Bunter also appeared in the
Comet (1952-1953) as well as the Valiant
The strip was so popular in the Netherlands, that Fleetway ended
up sending a lot of the artwork to Holland where it was translated
into Dutch for various publications. When the Fleetway artwork finally
ran out Dutch artists Jan van der Voo, Gerard Leever, Robert van
der Kroft took over producing original work upto 1981, whilst reprints
of Parlett and Minnitt continued until 1992.