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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.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012


Frankie Stein tried his hand at different sports. Here are his attempts at boxing and football during the early years in WHAM! when the strip was illustrated by Ken Reid:

From WHAM! No. 33, 30th January, 1965

From WHAM! No. 60, 7th August, 1965

Now let’s see what happened when Frankie Stein tried playing tennis. The episode is from WHAM! during the period when Ken Reid was ill or otherwise unable to work and another artist took over. It's a great pity that the 20-week period of Mr. Reid’s absence coincided with Frankie’s stay in the weird wilds of Scotland at Madam McAbre’s Academy for Frustrated Freaks (or Monster Manor) that was full of fiendish characters. One can only imagine how brilliant the episodes would have been, had they been illustrated by Frankie Stein’s original artist… 

From WHAM! No. 101, 21st May, 1966

Robert Nixon’s version of Frankie Stein was different but also nice in its own way, particularly in Shiver and Shake and the early issues of the combined WHOOPEE! and SHIVER AND SHAKE. In this “Big News Issue” of Shiver and Shake Frankie takes part in an International Athletics Meeting…

From SHIVER AND SHAKE dated 5th October, 1974 (No. 79, last issue)
Come back tomorrow to see what happened when Frankie Stein was officially invited to join Team GB for 1980 Olympics…

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