Paperback Hero!
Season 3, Episode 2
Air Date 1988
Previous The Prism of Zenda!
Next The Chips Are Down!
Paperback Hero! was episode 23.

Premise Edit

When famous explorer and nonfiction author Sir Malcolm Havelock arrives in the Evergreen Forest, Bert is bent on coming along on his next expedition. Cyril hears about the expedition, and the possibility of finding treasure, and decides to invest in it. But Sir Malcolm has a dark secret...

Plot Edit

Sir Malcolm Havelock, Bert's literary hero, descends upon the Evergreen Forest and while he bewitches and entralls the denizens of the forest with tales of his adventures, Cedric deducts that all of his adventures are simply that: tales.

Later, Cyril commissions Sir Malcolm to go on an expedition, despite the fact that Cedric's assessment was correct: Sir Malcolm has never explored in his life. Sir Malcolm, realizing that Cedric knows this, communes with the erstwhile aardvark as to what he should do about Bert's "hero worship" of him.

Bert discovers that Sir Malcolm has never been on an adventure, but despite this revelation, he tells the author he admires him anyway, as he took him on trips via his imagination. Cyril however isn't pleased when he discovers Sir Malcolm isn't an explorer and rips up the contract he made with Sir Malcolm but this of course backfires on Cyril when Sir Malcolm's book still sell well and Cyril could have made millions from it if he hadn't tore up the contract.

Characters Edit



  • First appearance of Sir Malcolm Havelock, voiced by Len Carlson. He would later make a silent cameo in Search and Rescue!
  • Second appearance of the Companion Ship.
  • Pig One refers to Sir Malcolm's latest book as a New York Swine bestseller. The New York Swine is a parody of the New York Times newspaper.
  • There is no narration in this episode.

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