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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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Friday, February 26, 2016


It’s not often that I blog about adventure strips but this time I’ll do exactly that. Maxwell Hawke was a popular ghost hunter series that ran in BUSTER for six years from 29 October, 1960 till 3 September, 1966. As far as I know, Maxwell Hawke was also reprinted in other countries, Spain in particular, and there are quite a few people who still have fond memories of the series.

The Maxwell Hawke saga consisted of 29 serialised tales in the weekly comics, details can be found in the paper version of BUSTER Index 1960 – 1995 compiled by Ray Moore and Steve Holland, as well as on BUSTER comic website HERE.

BUSTER index mentions that Maxwell Hawke also appeared in BUSTER annuals 1962 – 1967 but does not provide any details, so I decided to fill the gap and make the index of the stories complete.

Here goes the list, followed by photos of the first page of each of the 6 original stories. Photos are the best I can show here because the binding of those BUSTER annuals makes them completely unsuitable for scanning without damaging the fragile books…

Buster Book 1962 The Black Monk, 10 pages
Buster Book 1963 The Ghost of Glenghoul Castle, 10 pages
Buster Book 1964 Maxwell Hawke and the Phantom Swordsman, 8 pages
Buster Book 1965 Maxwell Hawke and the Ice Demons, 8 pages
Buster Book 1966 Maxwell Hawke and the Ghosts of Blackstone, 8 pages
Buster Book 1967 Maxwell Hawke in the Haunted School, 9 pages


  1. The first James Bold serial that was printed in Cheeky Weekly, 'Fangs of Fear', was based on the original script of the first Maxwell Hawke story to appear in Buster, 'MH and The House of a Thousand Secrets' (29 October 1960 to 04 February 1961). The Cheeky Weekly version used new artwork. The final James Bold tale to appear in Cheeky Weekly, 'Island of Fear', was apparently another re-drawn MH script, this time using the plot of 'MH and The Isle of Ghosts', which ran in Buster from 07 March 1964 to 09 May 1964 (thanks to alanultron5 from the Comics UK forum for the info re Isle of Ghosts). I've always assumed the other James Bold stories (there were 5 series in all) were also based on MH scripts from Buster weekly. I'll have to check whether the JB stories that appeared in the Cheeky Annuals bear any similarities to the opening pages you've shown here.

  2. I always felt that Buster (and other comics) were better for having a mix of adventure and humour strips, and looking at these pages confirms that for me. I'm not sure why adventure strips were removed from the likes of Buster, Whizzer & Chips, etc., and wonder if it was a financial decision, as page rates were lower on humour strips. Anybody know?