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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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Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Judging from the low number of pageviews and hardly any feedback on the last few blogposts about Gulliver Guinea-Pig, a detailed account of the complete Playhour series from 1958 till 1965 is unlikely to be very popular but I have started planning it nonetheless. Wouldn’t it be fun to trace the adventures of the restless traveler drawn by some of the finest artists - starting with both main illustrators of the strip, i.e. Philip Mendoza:

... and Gordon Hutchings:

… and including those who only occasionally stepped in for the regulars, such as another Playhour’s star artist Fred White: 

… the excellent Ron Embleton:

… the versatile Jesus Blasco:

… and a few others, such as Cambra whose name I’ve never heard before:

I am only missing 12 episodes, they are all from the years 1958 and 1959, and it looks like a fellow Gulliver fan from Australia will help me fill the gaps in the near future!


  1. I've been advertising it on my facebook comic site and of course love the artwork and will enjoy seeing this...

    1. Thanks for the support, Peter! I will start the series when the time allows :)

  2. Great you will have the full set!

    1. My full set consists of original paper comics and scanned pages sent to me by a fan from Wales. John Wigmans (from the Netherlands) who wrote the article about the origins of Gulliver has referred me to another fan in Australia who will hopefully send me scans to fill the 12 remaining gaps in my set.