Oor Wullie Annual 2007

  • The List
  • 11 December 2006

(DC Thompson)


‘Wullie and his pals still look nifty,
They still live in 1950’

As a nation, we Scots take great pride in the technological achievements of our forebears: John Logie Baird, inventor of the TV, Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Yet, too often, we overlook the genius of DC Thompson, inventor of time travel.

Every Sunday, through the pages of The Sunday Post, we can transport ourselves back in time to a land where the clocks all stopped some time in the 50s, where children indulge in innocent pastimes like conkers and carties, where pornography and heroin have never existed, and where it is safe for kids to walk up the Stoorie Burn without being attacked by the local paedophile.

Of all Wullie’s mates, only Fat Bob appears to live in the 21st century. But then, in this day and age, what are the chances of any Scottish kid only having one friend who is clinically obese?

Each story is made all the more charming by its quaint poetic sub-heading such as:

‘He’s reading what the postcard says,
His bucket’s on its holidays’

Some people think the cartoons should more accurately reflect modern Scotland. So, will next year’s annual have stories such as:

‘Wullie buys a porno mag,
Fat Bob’s off his tits on scag’


‘Wullie’s ma’ is black-affronted
Cos he’s drunk Buckfast and got cunted!’

Hopefully not. Stay in the past forever Wullie, we love you like you are.

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