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Muffin

Muffin card game published by Pepys Games, c.1951

Muffin the wooden mule puppet first appeared on ‘For The Children’, the 20-minute show hosted by Annette Mills just after the war in 1946. It became a forerunner to today’s Children’s Television. A range of spin-off merchandise followed using the Muffin character and this card game was published by Pepys in c.1951. In the game Muffin is supported by other puppets including Peregrine the Penguin, Louise the Lamb, Oswald the Ostrich, Willie the Worm, Peter the Dog, Katie the Kangaroo, Grace the Giraffe and Wally the Gog.

Muffin card game published by Pepys Games, c.1951 Muffin card game published by Pepys Games, c.1951 Muffin card game published by Pepys Games, c.1951

Above: Muffin card game published by Pepys Games, c.1951. The bottom of the box states: ©1949 Muffin Syndicate, when the copyright was first registered. From the collection of Rex Pitts.

Muffin card game published by Pepys Games, c.1951

The Cartoon Strip by Neville Main

Although not stated anywhere on the box, it’s pretty clear that Muffin was drawn by Neville Main who drew the “Muffin the Mule” strip for TV Comic from 1951-1961 (for whom he also drew “Four Feather Falls” and “Fireball XL5”). His style is so recognisable and can also be seen in Pepys' Panto card game from 1956.

Muffin comic strip drawn by Neville Main
Last Updated October 06, 2018 at 02:17pm

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