And sometimes I get a GIANT ROBOT HITLER.
The following strip is taken from The Beano and The Dandy: The Comics That Won the War, last year's annual collection of archive comics from DC Thomson. As you can tell from the title, it is mainly strips published during World War II which in some way reflect the war effort. This collection has content from The Hotspur, The Rover, The Magic and others as well as the ever-present Big Two but, as usual is a bit sparse on information.
However, "Wild Boy of the Woods" was a strip drawn (and presumably created) by Richard "Toby" Baines, who was particularly skilled at animal art, being also responsible for "The Ape's Secret" and "Black Flash the Beaver". Go on, snigger at the word "Beaver" and get it out of your system, we're off on a long journey.
By this point he had developed the ability to talk with the animals (or grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals) as well as some magical "Peter Pan Pipes" with which he could call them (like Tarzan's yell, only created by someone who confused the Roman god with the beloved children's character) and, in this two-part story he also had A GIANT ROBOT HITLER! Oh, and his name is Derek. Derek the wild boy.
And so our story ends with a ceremonial burning of the giant, steel-framed engineering miracle. Inside are chicken, goats and Edward Woodward. This won't bring back your bees!
I am also imagining the Ewoks' victory song here.
Apparently it had to be destroyed because "Now the Nazis knew about it, it was no longer of use." And not because it had developed sentience and believed it was the real Hitler. That was just a rumour.
I'm also interested in the man with his hand on Derek's shoulder. "The hermit" is to our right and the other chap appears to be wearing a yarmulke. Which adds an interesting historical dimension.
And so ends one of the more bizarre stories I've ever seen. I know it's only January but I think I won't see anything better this year.
Bonus: In the interest of balance, here is a picture of Giant Robot Churchill from Sparky Book 1976: