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It was one of many such comics similar to Viz, and was also of lower production quality than its inspiration. As well as comic strips, it also included photo strips, joke articles, celebrity references, and adverts for phone lines and mail order products, many of a pornographic or sexual nature.
The owner of Humour Publications, Russell Church, attempted to stir up an aggressive rivalry between his publication and the far more successful Viz, but, as Viz editor Chris Donald stated in his autobiography, "Church's magazine was so bad he couldn't give the thing away". In 1993 Church sued another Viz clone, the Huddersfield-based Spit!, for "passing itself off" as Zit. He pursued the case all the way to the High Court, where the judge ruled that nobody "with reasonable apprehension or eyesight" could confuse the two comics. Church was ordered to pay Spit!'s legal bills, which came to around £32,000. Soon after this setback, Church was sued by the British TV presenter Anne Diamond, following a tasteless reference in Zit to her child's tragic cot death. This effectively sank Humour Publications, and Zit continued with a different publisher's backing before vanishing from the shelves in 2002.
More notable characters included: Lambrusco - the Alcoholic Sheep, The man who collects eyeballs, and Middle aged Melvin.
Allin Kempthorne wrote and drew several features including the semi-regular strip Starface. He has since gone on to become a television and film actor and writer.
Leon Horton created and wrote many characters, including Hector Rectum, Dave Beef and The Ales of Beer Tits Potter. After leaving Zit he studied for an MA in Television & Radio Scriptwriting at Saford University and wrote a low-budget short film, Bleach (see YouTube), which won rave reviews at several film festivals and was subsequently broadcast on Granada Television. He lives in Manchester where, despite rumours of his untimely death from a viagra overdose, and managing to break his ankle watching porn, he continues to work as a journalist.
In other media
A video called Zit The Video was produced in 1993, featuring many of its characters in five minute segments.
An audio cassette tape entitled "An Earful of Zit" was also released in 1993 and was marketed and distributed by PolyGram Record Operations Ltd. It was described on the cover as "fifty minutes of audio madness". It was written by Ged Backland, Leon Horton, Dave Iddon, Paul Dyson and Anthony Smith. It was Produced for Polygram by Leo Cubbin and Ged Backland and recorded at Rainbow Studios in Brighton. Another contributor with Young Tarby was Ged Purvis who went on to become an actor in short films and also is to direct and appear in his own short movie called Day I met God sometime in 2012.