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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.



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

SERIALISED FACEACHE STORIES – PART SIXTEEN: MARATHON (GUINNES BOOK OF RECORDS)



Faceache took a recuperation break of one week after Mr. Thrashbottom used his spring-loaded, lead-filled, double handed automatic thrasher on the poor lad in the last episode of the previous story arc, and came back even crazier than before in BUSTER cover-dated 24 Nov., 1979 where the next three-part story began. 

Before you scroll down to read the synopsis, I’d like to remind you that I am celebrating Ken's 100th birthday by offering free prints of his original artwork with every purchase of THE POWER PACK books! Press here and claim your copies now!



Faceache overhears the headmaster and Mr. Snipe discuss Belmonte’s financial problems that could only be solved by attracting more paying pupils through advertising that they can’t afford. Faceache silently gets an idea he might arrange for some free publicity by scrunging himself into the Guinnes Book of Records as a boy who could scrunge 5,000 times non-stop. He sneaks into the lantern lecture room that has an automatic self-operating camera and starts taking pictures... 




As Mr. Snipe and Albert Thrashbottom carry on with their brainstorming, Mr. Snipe suggests that perhaps parents don’t send their boys there because they’ve heard of Faceache’s scrunging antics. Mr. Threashbottom agrees and promises to thrash every scrunging muscle out of the freakish boy if he catches the unnatural brat scrunging again… 


Faceache’s well-intentioned 5,000 scrunge marathon continues... 



In the meantime, Mr. Thrashbottom gets an idea that smartening the school up might be a good way to attract new pupils. He plans to shine a powerful spotlight on the school’s noble name so it’ll stand out for miles around, but at that point Faceache gets completely carried away and crashes through the school roof in a huge monster scrunge… 


Mr. Thrashbottom is in hysterics…



A newspaper photographer who happens to be nearby takes a picture of the head of a diabolical monster sticking through the school's roof... 


...and the story takes an unexpected turn…



Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd


Monday, December 2, 2019

MOONSTERS ON SPARKY BACK COVERS – PART 2


Here are the next 11 Sparky back covers featuring The Moonsters by Bill Ritchie:

 Images are © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.

I am celebrating Ken's 100th birthday by offering free prints of his original artwork with every purchase of THE POWER PACK books! 

Friday, November 29, 2019

WARM-UP POST TO THE NEXT SERIALISED FACEACHE STORY


If you follow my series of Faceache story arcs by Ken Reid, you may have noticed that 1979 was the year of serialised ‘Faceache’ tales: ten were published all in all, with as many as three spanning four weeks and two that were three weeks in length. 


The last one for that year was three weeks long and started in BUSTER cover-dated 24 November 1979. In it, Faceache set out on a 5,000 scrunge marathon!.. Expect to see some of the best of Faceache’s face-pulling exercises in my next post in a few days' time. In the meantime, here’s Brian Walker’s 'Boxatricks' cover of the BUSTER issue with the first episode of the Marathon tale.


Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd


Don't forget that I am celebrating Ken's 100th birthday by offering free prints of his original artwork with every purchase of THE POWER PACK books! Press here and claim your copies now!




Wednesday, November 27, 2019

MOONSTERS ON SPARKY BACK COVERS – PART 1


A while ago I did a series of SPARKY front covers featuring MOONSTERS by Bill Richie. I like this busy feature, so I thought I might do another string of posts and show every single installment which appeared on the back cover of the paper. 

There were a total of 33 episodes (starting from SPARKY NO. 2) before MOONSTERS were promoted to the front page, and here are the first 11. I like the adverts at the bottom of the page in the first 8 installments. They look very 60s and very DC Thomson to me. Enjoy!











Images are © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.