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Hi and welcome to my blog about comics from other people’s childhood! It is dedicated primarily to British humour comics of the 60s and 70s. The reason they are not from my childhood is simply because I didn’t live in the UK back then (nor do I live there now). I knew next to nothing about them until fairly recently but since then I’ve developed a strong liking for the medium and amassed a large collection, including a number of complete or near complete sets. My intention is to use this blog as a channel for sharing my humble knowledge about different titles, favourite characters and creators as I slowly research my collection.

QUICK TIP: this blog is a sequence of posts covering one particular comic at a time. The sequence follows a certain logic, so for maximum results it is recommended that the blog is read from the oldest post up.

Copyright of all images and quotations used here is with their respective owners. Any such copyrighted material is used exclusively for educational purposes and will be removed at first notice. All other text copyright Irmantas P.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I’ll add some variety to this blog and write about something else than comics today. The subject of this post is Royal Mail – the service that the vast majority of eBay sellers and other dealers have used over the years to send my comics from the UK to Lithuania where I live.

Generally speaking I have no complaints because only two or three of my packages failed to turn up in the course of nearly a decade. A few of the parcels, however, did quite a bit of travelling before reaching me, so I assume some people have no clue where my country is. Let’s picture two post office employees processing my package at a sorting station somewhere in the UK:

“Look, this one is to Lithuania. Do you know where it is?”
“Sounds exotic, should be Asia.”
“Asia be it, then…”:

I thought asking my sellers to add EUROPE after LITHUANIA in my address would help the post office do a better job. I am sure most of the times the hint was appreciated, but not on this occasion:

Friday, May 20, 2016


The third and the last guest appearance during the Shiver and Shake run of Scream Inn can be found in issue No. 73 (August 24, 1974), and on that occasion the visitor was a Creepy Creation. I covered the Creepy Creations feature in detail when I reviewed SHIVER AND SHAKE comic a couple of years ago. You can find the article HERE.

Here is that week’s Creepy Creation from the back page of SHIVER AND SHAKE, drawn by the usual artist Ken Reid (as if you didn’t know…):

All three guest appearances at Scream Inn in SHIVER AND SHAKE have now been accounted for. My detailed review of Scream Inn in SHIVER AND SHAKE comic can be found in another article under SHIVER AND SHAKE umbrella HERE.

I will start looking at the WHOOPEE! run in a week or so, and the first guest will be a very unusual one indeed! 

Monday, May 16, 2016


Here’s the second batch of THE MOONSTERS covers of SPARKY comic. There are ninety of them left, so that’s nine more posts to keep me busy and you guys entertained! This gallery includes as  many as two special issues - Firework and X-mas 1965!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Time for the second guest appearance at Scream Inn that can be found in SHIVER AND SHAKE No. 52 cover-dated March 2nd, 1974.

This is quite an unusual example: firstly, it was in fact Scream Inn that appeared in another strip; secondly, the strip itself was a guest from Shiver and Shake’s sister comic: Timothy Tester ran for quite a while (1972 – 1979) in WHIZZER AND CHIPS. The illustrator and presumably the writer of Timothy Tester was Cliff Brown who lived not far from Scream Inn artist Brian Walker. In his interview for GOLDEN FUN fanzine (Winter 1979) Brian Walker said that Cliff would come over to Brian’s studio for a day each week and they’d go over the script of Scream Inn together. It looks like that week they spent more time together because the two pages below are clearly the result of a joint effort!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Rather than doing the series of guest appearances at Scream Inn in one go, I though it would be more fun to add some variety and start a concurrent gallery of those bright and busy SPARKY Moonsters covers by Bill Ritchie. 

By way of intro, here is the back page of SPARKY No. 1 with The Moonsters advert:

… and the back page of SPARKY No. 2 with the premiere of the strip, explaining how the two main characters found themselves on the Moon and met the funny native folk:

Here are the first five Moonsters covers after the strip was moved from the back page to the front and marked the beginning of the spectacular run of 105 covers:

Come back soon for the second guest appearance at Scream Inn. In fact, it was guest appearance of Scream Inn in a strip from a sister title that made a guest appearance in Shiver and Shake. Am I making sense here? :)