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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, November 1, 2012


Quite a motley instalment today as I put all the remaining bits and bobs of artist self-portraits in a single blogpost. I’ll start off with another episode of Meet the Artists feature in Buster that I missed. Thanks to Peter Gray for the heads up:

Niblet who is another friend of KAZOOP!! alerted me about this self-portrait of David Mostyn in Whoopee! dated 29th January, 1983:

The other day I was checking my Shiver and Shake collection for something else and came across an episode of Frankie Stein in which Professor Cube had an idea he could get rid of his dreaded son by taking over the duties of the Shiver artist. This makes the tied-up bloke in the panel below Robert Nixon. The Shiver and Shake issue in question is dated 5th January, 1974:

In August 1984 Buster celebrated Reg Parlett’s eightieth birthday with a special story on front and back covers. Reg Parlett appears in the last panel surrounded by a crowd of his characters. I wonder who’s that Comics Historian in the second row of the second page?

I’ll close the series for now with a couple of Ken Reid self-portraits that were shown in the BBC Four series about the history of British comics. The images were used to illustrate the period when Mr. Reid suffered a nervous break-down though over-exhaustion and was unable to draw for many months:


  1. Alan Clark is the historian who did the Reg Parlett comic art book..

    I just love Reg's comic work..the Master..

  2. If memory serves me right I think the Comics Historian shown there was Alan Clark, who produced several excellent books on UK comics (including one on Reg Parlett). Alan was also co-editor of Golden Fun fanzine, and more recently published The Sloperian magazine.

  3. I can't find where I read it, but I think the historian was Denis Gifford. Check it out to see if I'm right...

  4. Its mentioned in the Alan Clark book on the comic art of Reg Parlett..

    of course Vid Kid was drawn by Jack Edward Oliver :0)

  5. That makes me wrong, always good to know :)

  6. I know its a bit late for the series, but in Buster issue 3rd November 1990 on the Double Trouble page theres a panel in which what looks like Terry Bave and his wife standing in the graden and window of a house. Terry is holding a sketchpag and pencil - so must be him!