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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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Showing posts with label Brainy and his Monster Maker; Vic Neil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brainy and his Monster Maker; Vic Neil. Show all posts

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Brainy and his Monster Maker was a tale about a boy named Brainy who invented the World’s first monster-making ray gun. In this strip ‘monster’ meant ‘big’ rather than ‘horrible’, so don’t expect to see freaky monsters here (save for the odd giant-sized bird, dog, crab, worm or insect) – only huge hats, fruits, flowers, tarts, umbrellas, slippers, etc. Also the odd giant nose or toe because the the magical monster maker could also be applied selectively (to enlarge a particular part only).

I find the stories a bit boring and repetitive, and the artwork isn’t great too, so it isn’t high in my personal list of favourite MFC features. Readers must have seen it differently because Brainy and his Monster Maker continued from the first issue of MFC to the very last (missing issues 16, 34, 39, 41, 47, 50, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61, 64, 66, 68, 70 and 71). The illustrator was Vic Neil (I think). The strip was a one-pager, except in the penultimate issue where two independent episodes were merged to look like one – a clear case of not wanting to waste the artwork supplied by the cartoonist before the decision not to transfer the strip to the combined BUSTER AND MONSTER FUN was made.