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 Joe McCaffrey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Joe McCaffrey. Show all posts

Monday, June 4, 2012


Jack Pott was a long-running strip in IPC comics that originated in COR!! It was about a lad who couldn’t keep out of amusement arcades and funfairs and always hit the jackpot. He entered for all sorts of competitions to win cash prizes, played cards, dice, bingo – everything went. Jack’s Dad didn’t mind betting himself but couldn’t win, just as his son couldn’t lose. Occasionally Dad tried to put Jack’s mind off gambling by giving him different chores but Jack inevitably found ingenious ways of turning them into betting or gambling games.  Jack’s teacher Specky was another recurring character who often caught the boy red-handed and told him to go back to school.

First episode in COR!! dated 7th November, 1970  (No. 23)

From time to time amusement arcade managers remembered that their establishments weren’t meant for children and kicked Jack out. Denied access to his regular playground, Jack would invent ways to entertain himself by turning routine every-day activities or simple objects into gambling games

From COR!! issue dated 13th February, 1971 (No. 37)

Although the strip continued to the very end of COR!!, Jack Pott was one of the very few COR!! stars who didn’t make a single front cover appearance. Perhaps it was considered that gambling wasn’t quite an appropriate theme in a children’s paper and was better kept between the covers. Whatever the reason, it didn’t prevent Jack Pott from having a whole new comic JACKPOT named after (well, nearly after) him in the late 70s/early 80s where the lucky funster was given a second life in a new series that continued in BUSTER for many years after JACPOT folded.

The series in COR!! was illustrated by Joe McCaffrey. The first episode appeared in the issue dated 7th November, 1970  (No. 23) and lasted until 15th June, 1974 (No. 211 (the last issue)).

From COR!! issue dated 1st July, 1972 (No. 109)
Can you recognise all the other COR!! characters in the last panel?

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Tell-Tale Tess. The sneaky little girl Tess always told on others. Her annoying habit sure didn’t make her the most popular girl in Cortown and she often suffered at the hands of townsfolk whom she told on (or threatened to tell on) for or without a reason. Her main motive was to boss others around but occasionally she got rewarded for her information, for example when it helped catch a crook. The illustrator was Joe McCaffrey. Tell-Tale Tess ran from 7th November, 1970 until 22nd July, 1972 (Nos. 23 – 112) and missed two dates in 1971: 24th April and 22nd May (Nos. 47 and 51).

From COR!! issue dated 13th February, 1971 (No. 37)

From COR!! issue dated 11th March, 1972 (No. 93)