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

Monday, November 2, 2015


Ghostly Go Round was an interesting feature in WHOOPEE! comic. As young readers gradually lost interest in the once-popular horror comedy genre (as confirmed by cancellation of such brilliant WHOOPEE! features as World-Wide Weirdies and Scream Inn/Spooktacular 7) and the Editor needed to clear space for new material, he came up with an idea of bringing four strips under one umbrella and rotating them in sequence. The strips that formed Ghostly Go Round were Evil Eye, Fun-Fear, Creepy Car and ‘Orrible Hole. The feature was launched in the first issue of 1979 and continued for slightly more than a year before all the four strips were put to rest one by one.

Ghostly Go Round required a new logo that could be used with all the 4 strips and the job was given to Ken Reid. He used the idea of Bob Nixon’s original Fun-Fear logo, made it spookier and squeezed the four main characters into the bottom left corner. The result wasn’t so great, IMHO. I think Bob Nixon’s old version was much better. Below are both logos side-by-side.

Here are the first appearances of the 4 strips in the heyday of WHOOPEE! comic. Evil Eye started in the very first issue of the paper:

… followed by Fun-Fear in the issue cover-dated 17 August, 1974:

… then Creepy Car on 12th October later that year (UPDATE: the strip was in fact an immigrant from SHIVER AND SHAKE where it had started nine weeks before the paper folded. The episode shown below is the first one in the combined Whoopee! and Shiver & Shake, hence the recap of the origins):

… and finally ‘Orrible Hole in the first issue of 1975 (cover-dated Jan 18 because the comic missed a few weeks due to industrial action at the junction of 1974/75):

Sunday, August 30, 2015


In his interview for Golden Fun magazine Ken Reid said he developed the character of Frankie Stein from an idea suggested by Wham! Editor Alf Wallace.

Initially Ken didn’t name the friendly monster Frankie Stein, and the reasons are quite clear: in the classic story Victor Frankenstein was the creator while the result of his experiment was the Frankenstein monster. Following the scenario, Frankie Stein should have been the inventor, not the monster, and Ken’s original plan was to keep it that way: this early pencil sketch tells us that he considered the name of Frankie Stein for another character:

Had he stuck to the original idea, one of the long running characters in British comics would have been known by another name (Ken had a shortlist of four), likewise his neurotic parent, but that’s another story that I will save for later.

Monday, August 10, 2015


Below are the remaining two installments of the “Mini Sub” story of Jonah by Ken Reid which ran in the Beano Nos. 985-988. This time I’ll show them exactly as they were printed in June 1961 because as you have seen in the two previous posts, those reprints in Buddy in the eighties were rather awful.

(Remember to click on the images to see them even larger) 

All Images 2015 © DC Thomson, Ltd. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Here comes part two of the “Mini-Sub” story of Jonah by Ken Reid, presented in the same way as part one, i.e. in pairs of matching rows from the Beano original (1961) and the reprint in Buddy (1983). This time the reprint was in spot colour because the back cover was reserved for a colour advert.

One doesn’t get to see Ken’s DC Thomson original artwork very often – presumably because DCT took better care of their archive than Odhams/Fleetway/IPC did of theirs. Fortunately, a few pages did find their way out of DCT vaults, and the episode shown above is one of them. Before you ask, I don’t own it. It is a prized item in the collection of my mate Derek who has kindly scanned the page for me. Here is a selection of panels for you to enjoy:

Contrary to what I said in the previous post, the “Mini-Sub” story of Jonah is not a two-part but a four-part story, and I will show the remaining two episodes in the next post.