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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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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Scream Inn was a popular strip that originated in 1973 in Shiver and Shake and continued in Whoopee! after the two titles merged in 1974. Readers were invited to send their ideas suggesting who might be tough enough to spend a night in the haunted bedroom of Scream Inn and win a million pounds. The strip was illustrated by Brian Walker and one of the reader ideas was that the artist should have a go at the challenge.  Hence Brian Walker’s self-portrait in Shiver and Shake of 25th August, 1973:

Actually, he appeared throughout the two-pager:

Slightly off-topic again, but some weeks earlier Scream Inn script writer (Cliff Brown) had checked-in at Scream Inn. This was in Shiver and Shake dated 7th July, 1973 (No. 18):

Last but not least for today, here is a self-portrait of Tom Paterson from Whizzer and Chips (thanks for the heads-up, George!). Tom drew himself twice in that issue and one of the drawings was on the front cover!


  1. could you show part 2 of the Sweeny Toddler page..;)

    Cliff Brown was also a comic artist in his own right..really enjoyed reading Scream Inn..

    Sid B

    Reg Parlett

    1. Thanks again, Peter! I'll add the second Sweeny Toddler page next week.

  2. Thanks...
    Leo Baxendale drew Swots and Blots in a simple style to show that its one of the characters drew it...
    I understand artists need a break...
    Giles did the same with George taking over the strip when Giles wasn't well..

  3. I've found another artist in his strip..
    Nick Baker in Smiler
    5th March 1977 Whoopee!!

    ready for you if you do another post on this subject..

    1. Thanks for the tip, Peter. I have that issue and will definitely look Nick Baker's self-portrait up when I do more posts in the series. I have found quite a few more myself and plan to do another post or two sometime soon.