Today, the odd trope that is "Magic Lollipops".
These lollipops had unpredictable results, sometimes giving the licker superpowers, sometimes turning the licker into something else or even turning the lollipop itself into something else, as in this strip from 1943. We start in typical fashion with a bully stealing a stick-sweet.
There's the lollipops infused with North Pole magic in Santa Claus the Movie, for example.
Or there's beloved American comics character Herbie, who, among so much besides, wields his own magic lollipops. Here he is turning Merlin into Jimmy Durante with one:And if you don't know anything about Herbie Popnecker.... Hoo boy, that is definitely a story for another time.
Also there is the utterly appalling cartoon special "The Magic Lollipop Adventure".
All this brings us to Mr Licko.
Typically, a story starts with somebody (usually an adult man) finding a lollipop ON THE FLOOR and deciding to lick it.
Then, the magic would kick in exactly as before. In this case (from The Beezer Book 1979) the licker gains super-strength.
And a cameo from the British Cleveland Brown...
"NO NO NO NO NO!"
An inevitable jewellery shop robbery is thwarted and all is put right.
On the way into the sauna, Bert finds a lollipop (again, ON THE FLOOR) and decides to take it in with him. Whereupon...
He becomes a snowman! Panicked, he dashes outside, leaving even his towel behind. No hoopy frood he.
Mr Brown is melting and, while they wait for the effects to wear off, Billy and Mr Licko sneak him into a butcher's cold storage.
And still he melts. He needs to get to somewhere cold fast before he turns into this nightmare fuel:
An attempt to get him to the skating rink leads to a fun Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em style scene of carnage.
So it all works out that Mr Brown has melted off his fat and not lost any vital organs. So far as we can tell. Maybe it will take a couple days before he realises his kidneys no longer work.
Billy and Mr Licko go back to the Browns for a slap-up feast, which even Bert can tuck into now!