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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.

QUICK TIP: this blog is a sequence of posts covering one particular comic at a time. The sequence follows a certain logic, so for maximum results it is recommended that the blog is read from the oldest post up.

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Showing posts with label Cor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cor. Show all posts

Saturday, April 19, 2014


I will take a short break from MONSTER FUN COMIC and share this curious find which I came across a few days ago:

Stating the obvious, this is a picture of the front cover of COR!! Annual 1987, or to be more precise - the original artwork for the book. It was offered by Compal Comic Book Auctions in their 2010 Winter catalogue and went for £194. The piece was described as follows: Cor!! Annual front cover original artwork (1987) drawn and signed by Robert Nixon. Starring Ivor Lott and Tony Broke. Poster colour on board. 18 x 13 ins.

What’s so curious about it? – you might ask. Well, if any of you followed my COR!! series on this blog, you may recall that the last COR!! Annual came out in 1985 for the X-mas of 1986.

It turns out Fleetway had plans to publish one more COR!! Annual but then something made them reconsider. This finished cover with text and even the company logo suggests the book must have been cancelled when it was in an advanced stage of production, perhaps they’d even made a ‘dummy’.

Check out the promotional flyer that came with November 29th editions of BUSTER and WHIZZER AND CHIPS in 1986. I get an impression that the awkward empty spaces with text may have been originally intended for the annuals that were scrapped at the last moment and COR!! Annual 1987 appears to be one of them. Note how COR!!’s Ivor Lott and Tony Broke are still amongst the crowd of characters at the bottom of the centrespread:

And since we are on the subject of COR!!, I invite you revisit the opening article of my COR!! series HERE because I have recently updated it with some cracking images of the free gift that came with COR!! No. 1 back in 1970.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Those of you who followed my COR!! series on this blog last year may remember that it didn’t include a review of COR!! 1978 Holiday Special for the simple reason that I didn’t have a copy to review. 

Well, I have recently won a copy on eBay and my collection of COR!! is now as complete as it can ever be (except that I have only one of the four free gifts that were offered with the paper during its lifetime). When writing the series I deliberately reserved a slot for the Special and have now updated it with full details and a review. You can read it HERE

Friday, December 14, 2012


COR!! Books of Gags 1976 and 1977 were published as soft-cover annuals. Both volumes had bright colour covers and black and white interior pages, 128 of them each, printed on rough pulp paper. The 1976 edition cost 75 p. A year later the second edition cost 85 p

The content was a mixture of cartoons, teasers, puzzles and jokes. Cartoons occupied most of the space. I am not sure as to what age group(s) the books were targeted at: although part of the content was children-oriented, the vast majority of cartoons wouldn’t have looked out of place in a regular humour publication for grown-ups. There is barely any connection to the comic and the reasons for using COR!! logo and Gus’ face on the covers are a mystery to me.

It is interesting to note that nearly all cartoons were signed by artists – Whittock, Stewart, Mortimer, Leon, Rali, Cav, Chic, Baxter, Ken Pyne, David Downe, Brian Platt and others. Most of the names or pseudonyms say nothing to me, but three contributors were well-familiar to readers of COR!! publications. I am referring to Crocker, Terry Bave and Sid Burgon.

From the first part of Terry Bave’s auto-biography published in the Winter 1985 edition of GOLDEN FUN fanzine we know that he did quite a lot of cartooning before taking up a career in comics. Judging from the drawing style and the signature, some of Mr. Bave’s cartoons in COR!! Books of Gags (especially in the first one) may very well be from his pre-comics cartooning days. Here are some examples to illustrate my point:

Terry Bave signed the gags with his real name but Sid Burgon used the pen-name SWAB. My impression is that SWAB was the biggest contributor in both books. Sid Burgon’s cartooning style was different from the one he used in comics, but it is still recognisable if you take a good look. Here are some examples:

Crocker was the second biggest contributor after SWAB. Same as Burgon’s, Crocker’s cartooning style was different from his comics work. I doubt I’d be able to identify him as the artist if the cartoons weren’t signed:


This is officially my last blogpost on COR!!

I have now also updated my earlier posts dedicated to The Gasworks Gang, Jasper the Grasper and Fiends and Neighbours by adding details about appearances of the strips outside of COR!! weeklies.