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Although this is a really rubbish cartoon (and very representative of the kind of uncreative trash I tended to fill my schoolbooks with around this time), when I look back at it, Mighty White Corpuscle is probably one of the best and most commercially viable ideas I've ever had.

 

Obviously I'd been learning about blood and the antibody system and, like all things I learned about, my instinct was always to turn them into superheroes and, after combining a white corpuscle with the idea of Mighty White bread, there you go.

 

I actually wrote quite a few strips about these guys (and a number of home-made comics - I still have No 4 if you're interested, but I wouldn't be if I were you) and they're all pretty much the same. Some villain or other causes trouble and Mighty White Corpuscle beats them up. The end.

 

I never really worked out whether these characters live in someone's body or some other abstract place, but the seed of the idea is quite a good one - anthropomorphised body parts which can move around the body having life-or-death adventures - simple, exciting and educational all at once.

 

Except that every single thing I wrote about each of them was a total dog turd. I've presented two of them here - the first one, featuring Gerry Germ, who robs a bank (?!?!? It should have been a blood bank at least!) and the third, featuring the tastefully-named Bogie Twanger ("bogie" here being a colloquial word for a solid ball of hard snot), which weirdly revolves around the idea that a red blood cell has been forced to eat snot for dinner. Thank goodness that in each case Mighty White Corpuscle is there to put things right with his enormous destructive fists.

 

So yes - they're crap. But I still say the idea's pretty cool, and if you could get an adult to write it, you could probably make millions. Especially when you take these into account. But it's my idea, so hands off!

Moleman's Impossible Story (Dec 1980)
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A list of great names for food-inspired characters which I haven't blatantly stolen from a well-known book/animation/yogurt franchise