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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, August 20, 2015


I recently received a small joblot of the Beano from the mid-fifties and found this early episode of When The Bell Rings in issue No. 630:

I decided to show it because of something I spotted in the first panel:

I remember reading somewhere that publishers had an internal directive warning against the use of certain innocent words in comics because they tended to look rude when printed, and ‘flick’ appears to have been one of them. It seems that in this case DCT realised it before it was too late but they were more careful when reprinting the episode in the Dandy Beano Magic Moments book nearly 40 years later:

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  1. Like the ticking bomb from Dennis Gulp!
    Love seeing Leo Baxendale's work...
    also like the Rory the eagle gag..

  2. For obvious reasons, the word 'Clint' was another one, making it rather hazardous with Marvel's Hawkeye character, whose real name is Clint Barton.

    1. 'Flicker' also falls within this category.

  3. "Snigger" ought to be in the same category, but it's still used regularly!

  4. I’m reminded of the shock, the GENUINE shock, I received around 1989 or 1990, when "dickhead" appeared in a Chalky story. Totally out of place. More innocuous was Buster’s use of "swanker" on the cover of a Reg Parlett strip about 1982; the meaning had nothing at all to do with how it’d probably be interpreted today. Innocent times…

  5. Just pleased I don't live in Scunthorpe!