Retro Classics: The Victor presents... Alf Tupper: The Tough of the Track
Alf Tupper, 'The Tough of the Track', is Victor comic's most famous hero, having installed the competitive never-say-die spirit into millions of British lads for over 50 years.
A welder from the northern town of Greystone, Alf works under the railway arches and lives on a diet of bread and marge, supplemented, when he can afford them, by fish and chips from his local chippie.
Although he often struggles to arrive at meets on time thanks to his opponents' skullduggery, he is a phenomenal long- and middle-distance runner, racing for Greystone Harriers in all kinds of events from marathons, cross country and 10,000 metres, to mile, half-mile and hurdles. Alf is always the underdog, often running against posh toffs who devise underhand ways of keeping him off the winner's rostrum. Although The Tough of the Track often looks as if he's beaten near the end of a race, he nearly always comes good in the final few strides, shouting 'I've run him!' as he breasts the tape in a photo-finish for first place.