Pink Floyd played the Liverpool Empire in November 1974 on their Wish You Were Here tour with a brilliant programme. The Pink Floyd Super All-Action Official Music Programme for Boys and Girls was a 16-page comic with a colour cover. The main elements were two-page comic strips based on alter-egos for each of the band:
- 'Rog of the Rovers' with Roger Waters as a footballing hero in the style of 'Roy of the Rovers' in the Tiger comic
- 'Captain Mason R.N.' was the alter-ego of Nick Mason in the sort of wartime strip you might have seen in Victor or Valiant comics
- 'Rich Right' was a 'strip' cartoon seen in the likes of Penthouse or Playboy for Richard Wright;
- and, finally, 'The Exploits of Dave Derring' created the speedway hero of Dave Gilmour's dreams.
As well as these, there was:
- the colour cover by Paul Stubbs showing two Marvel-type characters approaching the Pink Floyd pyramid in their space ship. The dialogue bubbles were: 'What is it? Could there be any form of creative intelligence out there?' with the reply, 'I don't know, Storm ... but I'm getting nil response from my transfer globe.'
- page 2 gave all the credits for the tour, including for the programme: Hipgnosis & Nick Mason; Gerald Scarfe - whom Pink Floyd later worked with on The Wall; and fantastic illustrators in Paul Stubbs; Joe Petagno; Colin Elgie; Richard Evans; and Dave Gale. The printing was done by John Bloom Printers.
- page 5 gave the 'life lines' for each of the band;
- the centre spread was a Gerald Scarfe cartoon of the band dated October 1974;
- page 12 is a quiz (did you know the Italian film director Michelangelo Blow-Up Antonioni tore the Floyd's film score to pieces?);
- page 15 gave the lyrics to 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond' (released on Wish You Were Here'); 'Raving and Drooling' (a version of which called 'Sheep' is on Animals); and 'Gotta Be Crazy', also on Animals;
- the colour back cover gave instructions for forming the 'Pink Floyd Lucky Pyramid Sign'.
- The Rich Right (He's rich and He's Right!) cartoon by Joe Petagno made reference to films, music, books and cartoon characters, including:
- Charlton Heston (shouting Annie Goni! - Annigoni, the Italian painter?);
- Alex from the Burgess / Kubrick film Clockwork Orange as a party crasher ('Rich, I understand you own a cork hawk with a forked dork?');
- Mad magazine's Alfred E. Neuman mascot;
- Rupert the Bear ('Gotta find Brumas');
- the fakir is chanting 'Needles and Pins Uh!' - a No 1 hit for the Searchers in 1964;
- a pipe-smoking Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, is at the bottom right ('Find out which side he dresses'). Back to top
Front cover of 'The Pink Floyd Super All-Action Official Music Programme for Boys and Girls' by Paul Stubbs Back to top