Birney was created as a hero for young boys.
Part of Hampson’s skill is he makes Birney
hard to put an age to. It is unlikely he is a
teenager since he owns a travel agency. Let us
say that he (and his sister) are in their early
twenties; they still look young enough for
the boys to identify with.
'SCAMP' FRAME VERSUS FINISHED ART
In the scamp, Onastotle is reaching for his drink.
In the finished art, he's holding the glass.
Venetian blinds, lamp shades and a patterned carpet
appear in the finished frame, and the folding chair
|The real difference though, is in the 'tone' of the art. In the finished frame we know Frank has his tongue in his cheek; the strip's underlying humour helps us suspend our disbelief. We'll go along with the story, however 'boy's-own-paper' it may be, because artist and reader are sharing a joke.|