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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 Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Monday, October 29, 2018


With Halloween fast approaching, I will take a short break from Faceache story arches, and show two complete one-page sets of the feature – the only ones mentioning Halloween over the long run of the strip. 

We all know Ken was fond of creepy things, and his son Antony recalls that the Reid household used to celebrate Hallowe’en with gusto long before it became what it is today (you can read all about it in Antony’s intro to Vol. One of THE POWER PACK OF KEN REID)…

The first Halloween story can be found in BUSTER cover-dated 30 October 1976 - the issue that nearly marked the end of Faceache because BUSTER + MONSTER FUN COMIC merger took place a week later and the ‘lad with a bendable bonce’ was replaced by Martha’s Monster Make-Up. Luckily, he returned to the pages of the combined comic 15 weeks later thanks to popular demand.

The second Halloween tale of Faceache can be found in BUSTER issue of 31 October 1981. The two stories were drawn a few years apart, and the second one shows signs of the artist growing a bit tired. Ken wrote scripts for both episodes (he stopped writing his Faceache stories in the beginning of February 1982 when BUSTER absorbed JACKPOT).

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.

Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

Sunday, November 1, 2015


A decade or so ago I was into an American horror-rap band from Detroit Insane Clown Posse (a.k.a. ICP). They have a thing about Halloween and usually arrange special annual events in their home city. I have never been to one, but once upon a time I (accidentally) found myself in their show in Orlando, Florida, and it’s an experience I will hardly ever forget. Picture yourself in a mid-sized venue packed with face-painted fans, with hardcore horror rap lyrics blasting super-loud from a massive set of loudspeakers for two hours plus, with gallons upon gallons of ICP trademark cheap pop sprayed at the audience from special cannons and 2-liters of the same product flying at you from the stage…

Check out a fan-made video of one of their Halloween numbers. Mind, you, it contains  explicit lyrics. Comics-related service will resume soon :)

P.S. - Come to think of it, the post is not entirely unrelated to comics: ICP are marketing geniuses, and in 2000 – 2001 they serialised one of their albums The Pendulum as twelve CD singles, each polybagged with a 32-page comic featuring the band. 

Friday, October 31, 2014


With Halloween spirit in the air, let’s see how PLAYHOUR's Gulliver Guinea-Pig celebrated it in the company of some Scottish mice back in 1958. The story seems to suggest that in those days the English weren’t familiar with Hallowe’en quite as well as the folks up North, or at least didn’t celebrate it with the same eagerness as the Scots(mice)...  

Thursday, October 31, 2013


I’ll take a brake from SHIVER AND SHAKE, switch to some gloomy backgrounds and join countless other bloggers in celebrating Halloween with some horror-themed stuff. 

Those of you who are familiar with WHOOPEE! comic must have vivid memories of the monstrous World-Wide Weirdies drawn by Ken Reid from readers’ ideas. Many were funny and witty, quite a few were weird and spooky but some were outright scary, depressing and other-worldly. I bet they caused nightmares to many an innocent mind back in the day. Can you believe these images come from a children’s humour paper?