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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 Original artwork. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Original artwork. Show all posts

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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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

COMPETITIONS BY KEN REID IN THE IRISH EDITION OF SUNDAY EXPRESS


Here are few more competitions by Ken Reid that he drew in the mid- and the late 60s, i.e. at the same time when he worked for Odhams Press. 

He drew hundreds of those over the years! Full details in my 2-part biography of Ken Reid which appears in both volumes of THE POWER PACK.





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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

MORE UNPUBLISHED CREEPY CREATIONS BY KEN REID


As promised, here are a few more of those unpublished drawings that Ken Reid made for the American chewing gum card manufacturer when he hoped to publish his series of monsters created from familiar objects in 1969 (see my intro for the Creepy Creations book by Rebellion). Scary, aren’t they?..




I have a few more of those but will save them for the complete biography of Ken Reid that I mentioned in my interviews last summer when I promoted my crowdfunding campaign for the Power Pack of Ken Reid. I still hope the bio will materialize at some point in the future.

Ken later used a few of those ideas in his series in Whoopee!:

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