Totally Gross Germs

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Beano strip
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The Germs/Totally Gross Germs/The Germs: Totally Gross
Current/last artist Vic Neill
First appearance Issue 2374
(16 January 1988)
Last appearance 2012
Regular characters Ugly Jack Bacteria, Jeremy Germ, Iris the Virus, Ill Will

The Germs is a comic strip in the UK comic The Beano. It first appeared in issue 2374, dated 16 January 1988, replacing the Rasher strip, where the characters had been introduced the previous week.[1]

The strip was about a boy called Will who had three germs inside him (Ugly Jack Bacteria, Jeremy Germ and Iris the Virus), and they were constantly making Will ill, requiring many visits to the doctor. Iris' name later changed to Violet Virus.

The Germs were sometimes stopped in their tracks with a grown up looking germ called Auntie Biotic (pun on antibiotic).

The strip was originally drawn by David Sutherland, and was taken over by Vic Neill later on. Around this time Will's name was added onto the title, the wording changing every so often, such as (also featuring Ill Will), (also starring Ill Will) or (with Ill Will). Due to Neill's work on Billy Whizz and Tim Traveller, the strip appeared on an increasingly irregular basis in the late 1990s, and after Neill's death in 2000, it disappeared from The Beano. In 2004 it briefly returned with a new artist, Nigel Parkinson. However, the strip only made three appearances which were spread over the year, and was dropped once again.

It returned to the comic in October 2011 as reprints of the David Sutherland strips, and later Vic Neill reprints in April 2012, along with Number 13, this time retitled as Totally Gross Germs. The following month, they were retitled again, as "The Germs: Totally Gross".

In Issue 3618 they returned to their original title.


  1. ^ The Beano issue 3623 dated 18 February 2012, page 13