"O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams."
Act II scene ii
1 April 2012
This is a page from Shirley's 1964 Rupert annual. He's on Pleasure Island with a gang of happy "coons" who all look the same. What a contrast with Rupert and his chums - all individual and from a range of species. Still the "coons" seem happy in their self-imposed exile. The strange colouration is because this section of the annual was for "Magic Painting". My then five year old wife must have got a pot of water and a paintbrush then carefully washed over the picture. Please note I did not marry said wife when she was five as that would have been an arrestable offence!
Page 65 Rupert annual 1964 - please click to enlarge.