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It must be over 30 years ago that I bought my first copy of Mayfair. I still remember vividly the cover, which featured a naked Gillian Duxbury kneeling up on a sun-bed facing the camera - bare bum raised high in the air. Every guy who bought that issue thought the same thing - why the hell didn't the photographer go round the back? ... or are you just pleased to see me?

The issue featured the usual half dozen pretty young things shedding their clothes and treating readers to an eyeful of their charms. However, it wasn't any of them, nor even the lovely Ms Duxbury, who stole my heart. Towards the back of the magazine was a two-page comic strip titled "Carrie" which featured a pretty young lass being molested in a public library. When she shouted for help she was glared at by the library staff who pointed angrily to a large notice reading "Silence".

The lass gave us a "what's a girl to do?" look and shrugged. I fell madly in love with her on the spot.

In those days the Carrie strip was drawn by Don Lawrence. I discovered later that Lawrence's Carrie stories had been collected together and published in several countries - in France she became "Sophie", in Germany she was "Virginia" and in Holland "Cathy". Each story was a true work of art, lovingly drawn with tremendous attention to detail.

Sssssshhhhhh!

A few months after I discovered the Carrie strip in Mayfair the artist changed, and Mario Capaldi took up pen and brush.

His Carrie was what my grandmother would have described as "bonny" (a bit more to get hold of than Lawrence's version), A wash and brush up madam? although he clearly tried to remain true to the original.

I recall Capaldi's debut featured a mad scientist and his robot maidservant who (much to Carrie's delight) is programmed to bathe and towel her off. When the robot delivers a freshly scrubbed Carrie to the professor in his bed we realise the old guy was not quite so mad as we first thought.

A year or so later the artist changed again, to Steve Kingston. Kingston's style was more cartoon-like than either of his predecessors and his Carrie was more the traditional blonde bimbo (though interestingly it seemed as though she was no longer a natural blonde.) Kingston has since said "Carrie is and always was a 'true' blonde, I was just a little over enthusiastic with the Burnt Umber!! (that's what happens when an illustrator uses too many references!) If, or when, she returns then her pubes will match her beautiful locks!"

Oooooops! Connie shows that fortunately it runs in the family

There were also a handful of issues in 1981 featuring Connie (Carrie's cousin) drawn by Brian Forbes. Happily similar misfortunes plagued Connie (it must have been a family thing) and she invariably ended up naked with her legs apart.

This web site is respectively dedicated to the work of the talented writers and artists, each of whom brought his own distinctive style to the Carrie strip and gave us plenty of fantasies, a few laughs, and the odd bulge in the front of our trousers.

The site is updated at least once a month - more often if the mood takes us - so do bookmark us and call back. And if you feel you can add to our store of knowledge, contributions are always gratefully received. (And since the site costs us money donations are also welcomed!

"Carrie the Chamber Maid" animated by our friends at UNDERGROUND ANIMATIONS
"Connie" animated by our friend StoneKnight


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