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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


1974 SHIVER AND SHAKE ANNUAL was a thick book of 160 pages priced 70 p. Below is the summary of the contents. Again, black colour is for SHIVER section and blue is for SHAKE; underlined are the features that didn’t appear in the weeklies:

Webster (3 episodes, one in full colour),  Frankie Stein (5 episodes - 2 in colour and 3 b/w); Shiver (in full colour); Creepy Creations feature (2 instalments); Ed (5 episodes); Grimly Feendish (4 episodes, one in full colour); The Hand (2 episodes); Sweeny Toddler (2 episodes); Adrian’s Wall; The Duke’s Spook (2 episodes); Soggy the Sea Monster (2 episodes); Biddy’s Beastly Bloomers; Midnight Tales (adventure, 4 pages); Ye Haunted Lake; Ghouldilocks (2 episodes); Shake (2 episodes, both in colour); Lolly Pop; Miss Chief (3 episodes); The Desert Fox (2 episodes); Nutter (3 episodes), ; Sample Simon (2 episodes); Damsel in Distress; The Scroungers (2 episodes); Though Nutt and Softy Centre (2 episodes); Mirth Shakers feature (2 instalments); Moana Lisa; Comics College (3 episodes, one in full colour); Gal Capone; Seeing Stars feature (Horoscope); The Forest Legion (14 pages); The Fixer (2 episodes); Loopy Locations feature; The Silly Circus; Match of the Year Circus versus Panto Folk; Kids’ Court; Jail Birds; Horrornation Street; Christmas Eve at Scream Inn; The Shiver Givers.

Same as the 1973 Christmas Holiday Special, the Annual was modelled after the weeklies: the cover was split in two and there was a Shake section inside separated from Shiver with blocks of colour pages on both ends. Here is the front page of Shake:

Let’s take a peek inside. Again, all episodes of Frankie Stein were reprints of the original stories illustrated by Ken Reid in WHAM! issues 19, 2o, 22, 23 and 24, all resized from the original 1 ½ pages in WHAM! to 3 pages in the Annual, with the usual consequences (enlarged panels with awkward empty spaces, extended lines, etc.).

The Annual had two Creepy Creations with a Winter theme. In his comment to my previous post about 1973 Special Andy noted that the Christmas Creation that I showed was drawn by Bob Nixon, not Ken Reid. I believe the two in this first Annual were also by Nixon. Here is one. The face is Reid-ish, but otherwise it looks more Nixon than Reid to my eye, what do you think?

In the Christmas episode of Scream Inn Santa charmed all resident creeps so the Innkeeper had to use his cunning to scare Santa off and prevent him from winning a million pounds. Below are two important panels from the set:

Shiver got his own strip for the first time:

I won’t go into details of other regular Shiver and Shake strips from the weeklies because I hope to cover them in their dedicated posts at a later stage.  I will concentrate on those that didn’t appear in the weeklies instead, and this Annual had quite a large number of them. Ed and Midnight Tales were the only ones in the Shiver section. There’s nothing much to say about Ed. Midnight Tales was a mystery horror tale that looks like a reprint but I don’t know where from or who the illustrator was. Here are the first two pages:

Shake section had a lot more of unfamiliar entries. The Forest Legion was probably the most prominent one because it was as many as 14 pages long. It was about a crowd of goody forest animals and their efforts to stop two baddies – a crook called Boss and his assistant Butch, from robbing a loopy rich old Baron who lived in his lone castle on an island in the middle of the lake. Forest Legion later appeared in other Shiver and Shake annuals. I don’t know the artist’s name. Here are two opening pages:

Miss Chief told adventures of a Red Indian girl. The strip wasn’t sensationally original in its concept and a lot of its humour was supposed to come from the ‘pidgin English’ so well familiar to folks who read Little Plum in the Beano (such as this: … ‘Medicine man angry! Him boilum up a storm!’ … or ‘Blackfoot tribe say our Chief got smelly socks! Heap insult!’...).

Seeing Stars, a Horoscope drawn by Reg Parlett, was a nice addition to the package. Another reprint, I believe:

Kids’ Court was a feature about law enforcement in which adults faced justice at the hands of kids. It was interesting in the sense that it was a pilot episode of a strip that became a regular in Whoopee! as of 1976 and continued there for more than three years.

The remaining new features are hardly worth mentioning. Nutter was a poorly drawn strip without speech balloons about an unfortunate toothy kid. The Scroungers was about a family of … scroungers, illustrated by Phil Millar. The title of The Silly Circus also speaks for itself. Here is the whole strip as I find the artwork quite nice, although I am not sure about the artists’ name:


  1. Another great post. I love this annual. My parents bought this for me when it first came out and I still have it - some greaet memories here. The Frankie Stein strips for me are a standout and I find the 2 colorised versions are rather effective. I'd love to know more about the Midnight Tales strip. I looked at it very recently and found it surprisingly vague and foreboding - quite out of place given the overidding humour content of the annual and almost foreshadowing the later excellent Buster Books of Scary Stories 76/77. Good stuff tho.

  2. Hmmm, so it's only in the late annuals when they stopped seperating the Shiver from the Shake... I'm not usually into "adventure" strips but the ones I've seen in Shiver & Shake so far are definitely more interesting than most.

  3. I think you're right about that Creepy Creation. The face is very Kenish, but the body and shading are very Bobish - you could go either way!

  4. The Midnight Tales strip looks like the work of Tom Kerr, and The Silly Circus looks like it might be by Anthony Hutchings.