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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.

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Monday, November 2, 2015


Ghostly Go Round was an interesting feature in WHOOPEE! comic. As young readers gradually lost interest in the once-popular horror comedy genre (as confirmed by cancellation of such brilliant WHOOPEE! features as World-Wide Weirdies and Scream Inn/Spooktacular 7) and the Editor needed to clear space for new material, he came up with an idea of bringing four strips under one umbrella and rotating them in sequence. The strips that formed Ghostly Go Round were Evil Eye, Fun-Fear, Creepy Car and ‘Orrible Hole. The feature was launched in the first issue of 1979 and continued for slightly more than a year before all the four strips were put to rest one by one.

Ghostly Go Round required a new logo that could be used with all the 4 strips and the job was given to Ken Reid. He used the idea of Bob Nixon’s original Fun-Fear logo, made it spookier and squeezed the four main characters into the bottom left corner. The result wasn’t so great, IMHO. I think Bob Nixon’s old version was much better. Below are both logos side-by-side.

Here are the first appearances of the 4 strips in the heyday of WHOOPEE! comic. Evil Eye started in the very first issue of the paper:

… followed by Fun-Fear in the issue cover-dated 17 August, 1974:

… then Creepy Car on 12th October later that year (UPDATE: the strip was in fact an immigrant from SHIVER AND SHAKE where it had started nine weeks before the paper folded. The episode shown below is the first one in the combined Whoopee! and Shiver & Shake, hence the recap of the origins):

… and finally ‘Orrible Hole in the first issue of 1975 (cover-dated Jan 18 because the comic missed a few weeks due to industrial action at the junction of 1974/75):

Sunday, November 1, 2015


A decade or so ago I was into an American horror-rap band from Detroit Insane Clown Posse (a.k.a. ICP). They have a thing about Halloween and usually arrange special annual events in their home city. I have never been to one, but once upon a time I (accidentally) found myself in their show in Orlando, Florida, and it’s an experience I will hardly ever forget. Picture yourself in a mid-sized venue packed with face-painted fans, with hardcore horror rap lyrics blasting super-loud from a massive set of loudspeakers for two hours plus, with gallons upon gallons of ICP trademark cheap pop sprayed at the audience from special cannons and 2-liters of the same product flying at you from the stage…

Check out a fan-made video of one of their Halloween numbers. Mind, you, it contains  explicit lyrics. Comics-related service will resume soon :)

P.S. - Come to think of it, the post is not entirely unrelated to comics: ICP are marketing geniuses, and in 2000 – 2001 they serialised one of their albums The Pendulum as twelve CD singles, each polybagged with a 32-page comic featuring the band. 

Friday, October 16, 2015


Joe Colquhoun’s Cap’n Codsmouth (originally from JAG weekly comic) made three appearances in JAG Annuals, and the final was in the last edition published for the Xmas of 1972. The complete 5-page story is posted below. One day I will get hold of a copy of JAG Football Special 1968 and check if the episode included there was also illustrated by Mr. Colquhoun. 

Brilliant artist, isn’t he?

Thursday, October 8, 2015


While looking through my collection of BUSTER from the 60s, I found two occasions when the strip was illustrated by Stan McMurtry:

Friday, October 2, 2015


A couple of posts ago I showed a cover of BUSTER by Leo Baxendale in which Buster’s cap flew off – a very unusual occurrence indeed because Buster was famous for never appearing without his trademark accessory. He always kept the lid tight on his head and took extra care not to loose it, whatever the circumstances. Even when he had to wear something else (e.g. a cook’s hat, King’s hat, an army helmet, etc.), he always donned it on top of his green checkered piece of headwear.

It is believed that the only time when Buster was shown cap-less was in the very last issue of the comic (see the image above) but the Baxendale cover confirms this wasn’t the case, so I decided to see if I can find more examples.

So far I have checked the run of BUSTER from the first post-tabloid number (30th Oct., 1965) till the end of 1971, and found two. The first one came up right in the beginning of the run.  Buster made such a fuss about keeping his cap on that I find it surprising it took the scriptwriter so long to come up with a story in which someone played a trick on him. I don't know the name of the artist who drew this one:

The second example is interesting because Nadal made an exception and showed Buster cap-less without any reason at all, just like Baxendale had a couple of years before him. It is the only time that Nadal ignored the rule during the run I’ve checked.

I will check other issues when I have time and report my findings in due course…