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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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Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Browsing through the comics that I found waiting for me at the post office upon my return from holidays, I came across this interesting set of the Bash Street Kids in which the class learn how their favourite comic is made. 

It wasn’t uncommon to see comic characters reading their own paper in their strips but a story showing the mechanics of making a comic is a rare treat so I thought you might be interested to see it.

The episode is from THE BEANO No. 2155 cover-dated 5th November, 1983.

Here is the strip in one piece for those of you who prefer to read it that way:


  1. I have this comic (I've got a complete set of Beanos from 1983), but I haven't looked at it since I firt bought it 30 years ago. Nice to see it again.

    All refreshed after your holiday, or do you need another one already?

    1. I'll be fine for a while :)
      I recently bought five years worth of the Beanos and five years worth of the Dandys from the early to the mid-eighties, all complete sets in excellent condition, with pink flyers and some of the free gifts. I will probably have them bound in half-year volumes.

    2. Oops! I meant 'first', not 'firt'.

  2. I'm glad you are seeing the early 80's Beano's and Dandys has it was still a good comic and its my era of reading them;0)

    Leo Baxendale did a visit to the Beano office in Bash street and David Sutherland did one in the 60's Bash street kids...
    as you say they are very interesting to see..also the people seen might be subtile caracurtures of actual staff..
    Welcome back!!

    1. Hi, Peter, do you possibly know issue dates of the issues in which Leo Baxendale's and Dave Sutherland's Bash Street Kids visited the Beano offices? I might have the issues in my collection and would love to use them in a nice little series...

    2. Its in the Beano and Dandy magic moments book..
      Leo Baxendale one is 1954 When the bell rings
      1962 the David Sutherland one..the dates or years are not shown..But it looks a very early David Sutherland one...
      If you don't have the book I can always photograph it..my scanner is still not working..

    3. Thanks, Peter, I'll check my collection for those episodes. It would be helpful if you could email a quick picture or two. You can find my e-mail address under my blog profile.

    4. Have you bound a lot of your comics in this way...and does reading the Bash street kids the centre pages prove a problem at all..also will you bind in the pink sheet as well?

      Would be interesting if you did a blog post on your collection and how you store...bind..etc..

    5. Normally I don’t bind because I think binding isn’t always such a good idea for old comics and there are other ways to preserve condition. I, for example, keep the vast majority of my collection in boxes, bagged and boarded. I use one board per bag and put comics on both sides of the board. I believe only high-grade copies coming from a single source might be worthwhile binding, but bound volumes aren’t my thing really. Some collectors obviously prefer them, as demonstrated by impressive sales in Phil-comics eBay auctions where I’ve seen bound yearly volumes of the Beano from the 60s go for 700 pounds or more. On the other hand, I have six or seven half-year volumes of Whizzer and Chips from the early to the mid-70s that only cost me 5 pounds apiece on eBay…
      The yearly sets of the Beano and the Dandy from the 80s that I bought recently are all in a uniformly pristine condition so I thought they would look nice in bound volumes and decided to experiment a bit – after all, they didn’t cost me much. I will have them bound in half-year batches so the books won’t be too thick to interfere with the reading pleasure of the centre pages. I will have them bound as they are, pink flyers and all. I can show them in a blogpost when I have them done. I will probably do a post about how I store my collection sometime in the future, thanks for the idea.