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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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Monday, August 13, 2012


The idea of Challenge Charlie! in VALIANT was borrowed from Dare-A-Day Davy in POW! More than that, Frank McDiarmid (the illustrator of the series) drew his inspiration from Dare-A-Day Davy’s original artist Ken Reid. 

It turns out that Frank McDiarmid was not only instructed to ghost Mr. Reid’s style but also to use a few of the original Dare-A-Day Davy scripts and layouts from POW! There is nothing sensational about recycling old scripts, this happened quite often in comics. There is also no sensation in the fact that publishers of VALIANT used scripts created for a different company: IPC devoured Odhams in the late 60s so technically the publishers of VALIANT owned rights to the material published in POW! The big question here is who pocketed the fivers that were allegedly sent to the lucky readers of VALIANT?.. :o


  1. Great discovery I've put a link up on facebook back to this page..very strange indeed..

  2. If they're using the same scripts then they're also making up fake names! I wonder if they beloned to people working on Vialant or if they are just random!?

  3. Its fun seeing the small differences...
    though of course very cheeky this was done...

  4. Great post, Irmy. As comics were produced at least 8 weeks ahead, I rather suspect that most (if not all) of the names on the Pow! Dare-A-Day Davy strip were made up by the editors or scriptwriters. The first ones would almost certainly have been fictitious. Diddlin' rascals, eh?