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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 Buster and Monster Fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buster and Monster Fun. Show all posts

Friday, October 25, 2019


The next Faceache story arc enters the territory of longer stories. ‘Human Sea Slug’ was 4 weeks long. It appeared in BUSTER AND MONSTER FUN cover-dated 25 August, 1, 8 and 15 September 1979, and went like this:

Faceache asks Mr. Snipe for a day out at Shrimpton-at-Sea. Mr. Snipe approves, as long as Faceache promises not to scare holiday-makers. Faceache takes a bus and Mr. Snipe follows him in the school banger to make sure he doesn’t scrunge: 

...Faceache spots the spy and scrunges into an ordinary bloke to get off the coach unrecognised:

Later on the sea front Faceache sees an angler who is trying to cheat a kid out of his pocket money… 

Mr. Snipe turns up looking for Faceache and asks the angler to let him try his hand at fishing. Mr. Snipe is about to demonstrate real fishing, as Faceache prepares himself to play his trick on the angler… 

The lad leaps out of the sea. Mr. Snipe recognises Faceache’s striped T-shirt instantly: 

…Faceache unscrunges and Mr. Snipe plunges into a seaweed-infested oil slick in the sea. The terrified angler flees in panic, screaming about a ‘thingie’ that has risen from the deep... 

Prof. Krabb, who runs an exhibition of aquatic oddities, immediately sees an opportunity and decides he could do with the monster in his sideshow. Prof. Krabb and his assistant rush to the beach. Upon seeing Mr. Snipe emerge from the sea covered with seaweed and dirt...

... they net him right away, and bonk him with a mallet.

Prof. Krabb puts Mr. Snipe on display as a Human Sea Slug:

Faceache telephones Mr. Thrashbottom urging him to come to Shrimpton-on-Sea. Concerned about school’s reputation, the Headmaster arrives at the exhibition of aquatic oddities to collect Mr. Snipe. Back at school, he orders Mr. Snipe to stay in his room and write out 1,000 times “I must learn not to dress up as a human sea slug and lower the dignity of the teaching position”. 

Realising he is now free to scrunge without being spied on, Faceache catches up on his hobby:

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Thursday, March 7, 2019


It has been a while since I last did a post about serialised FACEACHE stories by Ken Reid, so here’s my synopsis of the next one. It continued over three weeks and can be found in BUSTER AND MONSTER FUN issues cover-dated March 17, 24 and 31, 1979. Be warned - there’s quite a lot of scrunging going on in this one! :)

Simpkins Minor is trying to create a new form of life by mixing substances in the school lab. He squirts Faceache with some of his chemicals and Faceache pretends he has started to mutate into a new form of life:

Simpkins runs away from the nauseating beast. At the same time, the experiment appears to have produced a result, and a weird creature begins to emerge from the glass beaker… 

Terrified, Faceache rushes to inform the Headmaster that Simpkins’ chemical mixture has turned into something diabolical. He forgets to unscrunge and the Headmaster bashes him unconscious...

The Headmaster suddenly has an idea that he’d become famous if he can prove to the scientific world that a monstrosity like that could be produced by chemical reaction. The Headmaster goes to the lab to make a note of the formula and is attacked by the real monster…

Faceache regains his consciousness and rushes to the lab where he sees Mr. Thrashbottom being slowly swallowed by the monster. 

Faceache volunteers to save the Headmaster but asks for his permission to scrunge. Panic-stricken, Mr. Thrashbottom grants Faceache carte blanche to scrunge all he wants for as long as he wants any time...

The monster evaporates at the sight of Faceache’s next awful scrunge:

Faceache proceeds to have fun doing wild scrunges, while Mr. Thrashbottom wishes he’d been swallowed instead of granting his permission.

One can’t help noticing that the story echoes with the brilliant two-pager of Faceache by Ken Reid in BUSTER BOOK 1976. Here’s a taste:

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Thursday, January 3, 2019


Faceache story arch No. 7 by Ken Reid was called Hot Air and appeared in Buster and Monster Fun issues cover dated 27 January and 3 February 1979. It went like this:

Mr. Snipe asks Faceache to nip to the store room and bring him some ink, a ruler and some blotting paper for his next class. On his way back, Faceache finds the door to the room holding the school’s hot-air central heating system. 

He crawls down the vents planning to flip ink pellets and splat the teacher. Mr. Snipe tells his class how anyone of a rotten evil disposition will be singled-out and mercilessly smitten from above (it was a Bible class). Faceache’s ink lands on the teacher’s face. 

Hiding in the vents, Faceache hopes he’ll never be suspected. Meanwhile, hot-air heating system cleaners call to offer their services to the Headmaster…

Cleaners seal the vents and start cleaning the system. Faceache is forced to scrunge to streamline himself against the blast but looses control of his scrunge muscles. 

He crashes out of the system right into Mr. Snipe’s classroom. The teacher realises it was Faceache who fired the ink pallet and gives the scrunged Faceache a thrashing with Faceache’s upper body sticking from the vent in one room and his rear end from another five classrooms away…

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Friday, February 2, 2018


As promised, here is part two of the complete list of Terror TV programmes in BUSTER AND MONSTER FUN weeklies, all drawn by Barrie Appleby. Go to the previous post if you missed part one.

August 20, 1977 · The Six Million Horror Man with it’s hero – Steve Ghostin, the Bichronic Man. Magnus Murkysome thanks reader for programme idea

August 27, 1977 · Sportsfright hosted by Harry Carpenterror. Magnus Murkysome thanks reader for programme idea
September 3, 1977 · Magnus Murkysome tries to cancel a play by his ghosts and show some holiday sport instead but the ghosts disrupt his plan
September 10, 1977 · Celebrity Scares with Bob Punkhouse
September 17, 1977 · Demon Andrews introducing another dread-ition of This Is Your Fright, featuring Vincent Plight, horror film star supreme

September 24, 1977 · Terror TV’s Groanstand – featuring racing from Scatterick. Magnus Murkysome thanks reader for programme idea

October 1, 1977 · Terror TV reporter Bill Glumly interviewing gardening expert Percy Glower
October 8, 1977 · NO TERROR TV
October 15, 1977 · TERROR TV featured on front cover. Willie Freezer presenting Cookery Time

October 22, 1977 · Beastly Growler presents the special dreadition of Runaground contest
October 29, 1977 · Behind the screams look at Terror TV
November 5, 1977 · Captain Vulture and all the staff at Disgrace Brothers ask Are You Being Scared?
November 12, 1977 · Mangey Jam introducing Terror TV’s special version of “It Ain’t Half Horrid, Mum”
November 19, 1977 · Dank Stuff of Nationweird reporting on a new grimnasium opened in London’s Beast End
November 26, 1977 · Doctor Boo

December 3, 1977 · Moaning For A Song introduced by Arthur Feargus
December 10, 1977 · Chief  Inspectre Feargen and Sergeant Tartar of The Meanie investigating some local disappearances
December 17, 1977 · Feargen and Tartar, super cops from The Meanie – adventure continues. 

These two episodes stand out in the sense that the story spans two weeks; besides, there appears to be a crossover of at least two shows,  Coronation Street being one of them. Here are both episodes:

December 24, 1977 · A Fiend in Need is a Fiend Indeed
December 31, 1977 · Scarey-on Christmas

January 7, 1978 · The Fright Heather Club
January 14, 1978 · TERROR TV featured on front cover. Judith Alarmers takes viewers for a look round Horrids January Sale
January 21, 1978 · Knowall Dreadmunds introducing TTV’s version of Swap Shop
January 28, 1978 · A typical day at Fiender Fashions – otherwise known as The Nag Trade
February 4, 1978 · Record Quakers with Roy Ghastly
February 11, 1978 · Terror TV look at winter sports from St. Horridst
February 18, 1978 · Special Valentine’s Day programme. Lynsey Appalled reads out Valentines sent to her by viewers. LAST EPISODE. As was often the case, the strip simply disappeared without being given a proper ending of any kind.