welcome and enjoy!

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.

Copyright of all images and quotations used here is with their respective owners. Any such copyrighted material is used exclusively for educational purposes and will be removed at first notice. All other text copyright Irmantas P.



Showing posts with label Faceache. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Faceache. Show all posts

Monday, November 11, 2019

SERIALISED FACEACHE STORIES – PART FOURTEEN: WATERLOO



The next hilarious 4-part FACEACHE story arc written and drawn by Ken Reid came immediately after the previous one, and can be found BUSTER cover dated 22 September - 13 October, 1979. 



Belmonte pupils are to re-enact the battle of Waterloo for the school pageant, and Mr. Snipe asks the Headmaster for his suggestions for creating sound of imitation cannon fire.  The Headmaster says he’ll think about it later, but in the meantime, he offers Faceache 50 p to blow up the new inflatable office furniture for him...


Faceache decides to take his revenge...



Sitting in his new inflatable arm-chair, Mr. Thrashbottom is thinking about battle sound effects for the boys’ Waterloo re-enactment. Faceache prangs the arm-chair and the burst sends the Headmaster crashing through the roof. He lands on the inflatable settee whose explosion sends him crashing though the roof, and then back inside again, and so forth… 


Hearing the terrible sounds, Mr. Snipe marvels the Headmaster’s ingenuity in simulating cannon fire as well as military voices



The chain-reaction of exploding furniture continues, and Mr. Thrashbottom believes himself to be back at the battle of Waterloo: 


Meanwhile, Luis de Fleury, the first Frenchman to fly from Paris to London pedalling a flying contraption, is flying over Puddleditch moor. The Headmaster accidentally smashes into De Fleury’s home-made aeroplane... 


...causing the two of them zoom down and crash through all floors of the school, and down into the cellar. Faceache heads for where terrible Waterloo screams can be heard.



The lad puts a stop to the violent British-French conflict by scaring Louis de Fleyry off with one of his scrunges:


...and phoning for an ambulance to rush Mr. Thrashbottom to hospital. 

The doctor prepares to give the Headmaster an injection to make sure he gets a good night’s sleep, but Mr. Thrashbottom’s nervous twitch sends the syringe flying in the air and pranging his inflatable mattress. The blast re-starts the chain reaction, as there are 30 beds in that ward – all with inflatable mattresses. The Headmaster thinks he commands the battle of Waterloo once again…

 

Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Click on the POWER PACK banner in the right-hand column and get your copy of the POWER PACK OF KEN REID - the deluxe two-volume set of Ken’s strips in WHAM!, SMASH! and POW! comics of the ‘60s.

Friday, October 25, 2019

SERIALISED FACEACHE STORIES – PART THIRTEEN: HUMAN SEA SLUG



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:


Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Click on the POWER PACK banner in the right-hand column and get your copy of the POWER PACK OF KEN REID - the deluxe two-volume set of Ken’s strips in WHAM!, SMASH! and POW! comics of the ‘60s.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

SERIALISED FACEACHE STORIES – PART TWELVE: DAWN CHORUS



Faceache story arc No. 12 was a two-part story which appeared in BUSTER issues cover-dated August 4 and 11, 1979.
 
Faceache doesn’t know what a birds’ dawn chorus is, so Mr. Snipe tells him to stay up with him in the grounds all night to await the dawn so that he can hear it first-hand and write an essay on the whole beautiful experience. 


Anxious to get some sleep, Faceache decides he can scrunge the dawn chorus forward a few hours. 


He creeps away behind Mr. Snipe’s back and scrunges his neck to treetop level and then some trillers, cheepers, chirrupers, chirpers, warblers, tweeters, twitterers and a carefree cuckooeee just for luck… 


He starts with the first sweet cheep-cheep of his fake dawn chorus. Enchanted by the beauty of the bird-song, Mr. Snipe leaps in the direction of the sound and discovers Faceache’s twist. Mr. Snipe climbs up Feceache’s neck and tells him to unscrunge this instant for a “Guinness Book of Records” thrashing. 


Faceache obeys:

 
...and Mr. Snipe crashes down from the heights of Faceache’s neck. 


Faceache leaves the dazed Mr. Snipe with his own little built-in dawn chorus and goes back to school to catch-up on some sleep. At dawn the real dawn chorus starts and Faceache can’t sleep because of the noise.


Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd
 
Click on the POWER PACK banner in the right-hand column and get your copy of the POWER PACK OF KEN REID - the deluxe two-volume set of Ken’s strips in WHAM!, SMASH! and POW! comics of the ‘60s.

Monday, July 8, 2019

SERIALISED FACEACHE STORIES – PART ELEVEN: PIG’S HEAD



The next Faceache story arc by Ken Reid was in the two consecutive issues of BUSTER with the cover dates of June 23, 1979 and June 30, 1979:

School cookie asks Faceache to nip down to the butchers and get him a pig’s head for school dinners. On his way to the village Faceache becomes thirsty, so he decides to call at farmer Jasper’s farm and ask for a drink of milk. Knowing that the farmer hates school kids but loves cats, Faceache scrunges into a stray pussy. 


Farmer Jasper has just created a potion that will increase his bacon production. Faceache drinks the “milk” and it alters Faceache’s normal self drastically. When he demands a pig’s head at the butchers’ the butcher tells him he’s in luck because he’s already got one…



Terrified, the lad rushes to the school clinic. On the way back to school, the effects of the pig-potion wear off without Feceache’s knowledge. 


Faceache tries to explain his situation to the cook who can’t make any sense of his babbling and takes him to the Headmaster. 



Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Click on the POWER PACK banner in the right-hand column and get your copy of the POWER PACK OF KEN REID - the deluxe two-volume set of Ken’s strips in WHAM!, SMASH! and POW! comics of the ‘60s.