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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 Ken Reid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ken Reid. Show all posts

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
 
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Monday, August 19, 2019

KEN REID’S SELF-PORTRAIT IN JINX



I once did a series of posts featuring various strips with artists’ self-portraits in them. I recently discovered another nice example in the opening episode of JINX – Ken’s last new strip that he illustrated for the BEANO before leaving DC Thomson. 

It can be found in the BEANO issue No. 1108 cover-dated 12th October, 1963.

The self-portrait is not as detailed as the one in POW!’s Dare-A-Day Davy (that appears on the slipcase of my POWER PACK OF KEN REID collection and in Rebellion’s CREEPY CREATIONS album), but I was still happy to have found it! Click to enlarge:



 Images © DC Thomson Ltd
 
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

QUEEN OF THE SEAS PANEL


Ken Reid was known to have sometimes been ‘text heavy’ in the strips that he scripted himself, making it necessary for editors to cut his writing down. Below is a nice example of that. The panel is from original Queen of the Seas artwork. I am not completely sure, but I believe I photographed it from the original piece owned by Peter Hansen:



The episode was printed in Smash! No. 31 (3rd Sept., 1966). The ugly colouring ruined the beauty of Ken’s linework,  but the reason I am showing the panel here is Captain Enoch Drip’s new speech balloon:



The Editor apparently thought Ken’s original version was too long, or eccentric…



This is how the panel looked in the reprint of the same episode in Buster cover-dated 8th July, 1972:


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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
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