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Hewitt

 
 

One of the original members of the Buying Department, Hewitt begins as another bitter rival to Bristow's career prospects but evolves into a congenial co-worker. He was quick to take control of the department during a prolonged absence by Fudge but is otherwise content to rub along with the other clerks.

He is just as wily as Bristow and earns Bristow's admiration and contempt in equal measure for his dedication to not working (something Bristow will grow to emulate and finally master). We first meet him strip 3 where he uses artificial methods to prolong his tea break and here is another example of his talent -strip 38

Strip 38 was published in the Evening Standard in April 1962. Apologies for poor quality of scan.
By strip 177
Strip 177 was published in the Evening Standard in September 1962
Hewitt seems to have been responsible for introducing Bristow to the craft of making paper aeroplanes. Bristow takes some pleasure in destroying his latest creation, ironically describing it as childish. It is around this time that Bristow is slavishly following the advice in that get-ahead manual for self-improvers, Space at the Summit and paper aeroplanes are not part of the armoury of the modern thrusting business man.
Hewitt shares one of Bristow's less pleasant characteristics - but you can probably blame this one on the Buying Department ethos strip 3631
Strip 3631 was published in the Evening Standard in November 1972 and in More Bristow and in the Big Big Big Bristow Book. This scan is from the Melbourne Age December 1972
.Hewitt is just as keen to take power as Bristow, and quicker off the mark. He also has very definite ideas about to motivate his fellow clerks - browbeat them into submission through exhortation - strip 54
Strip 54 was published in the Aberdeen Press and Journal in February 1962 and in the Evening Standard in May 1962. Apologies for poor quality of scan.

In the radio series, Hewitt was presented as a young, keen and relatively fresh worker. This does not really convince. Given the chance to watch the firm's founder on television, here is the real Hewitt.

Highslide JS
Strip 2085 was published in the Evening Standard in October 1967 and in Bristow (1970) from where this scan is taken.

Yup, he is as jaded and cynical as the rest.

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