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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

Friday, January 5, 2018


Here are some nice examples of Gulliver Guinea-Pig original artwork by Gordon Hutchings that I recently came across on eBay. I didn’t buy them, so the images are “borrowed” from the auction site.

They were first printed in PLAYHOUR in 1961. According to the auction description, the story was re-used in TEDDY BEAR’S PLAYTIME in the 1980s. It looks like the full page shown above was “constructed” from two episodes of the original tale. Here is how they appeared in PLAYHOUR:

Gulliver Guinea-Pig Saves Summer started in PLAYHOUR cover-dated 25 February, 1961 and ran for 6 weeks until Easter issue of 1 April, 1961. It was the second Gulliver story illustrated by Hutchings who took over from the original artist Philip Mendoza. Both did an excellent job on the strip. The quality of the artwork and the stories makes me want to do a detailed account of all Gulliver’s travels during the seven years of the strip’s existence (1958 – 1965)…

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Browsing eBay, I came across those two nice pieces of original artwork by one of my favourite British comics artists Philip Mendoza. I believe the drawings appeared in Once Upon a Time children’s magazine. I don’t plan to buy them but they are really beautiful so I though I might show the images here for my readers to enjoy.

Friday, September 15, 2017


Here’s the third version of the crazy bird by Ken Reid which he drew in hope to attract the attention of MAD USA when he sought new work in 1969. I am not sure as to the order of precedence in which the three versions were produced but I find this one to be the best. I showed the other two in my previous posts. 

Monday, August 21, 2017


Here's the second version of  Soarus Magnificus, the crazy birdie drawn by Ken Reid when he hoped to attract the interest of Mad USA in 1969. 

I've saved the third and the best version for later :) 


Sunday, August 6, 2017



When Ken Reid lost all his work for Odhams in 1969 and his regular income plummeted, he started looking for new channels to sell his talent.

Ken developed a feature “Extinct Animals” (or “Biological Blunders on the Part of Dame Nature”) that he thought might be of interest to “Mad USA”. He prepared a batch of well-executed colour and b/w drawings with photo tints and type-written captions on front and back and posted them to America. Sadly, “Mad USA” returned Ken’s drawings with a letter saying it was not the type of work they required.

In the series Ken came up with some crazy creatures and even crazier legends of their extinction. Ken’s mad menagerie included Gluttonus Explodum – the two-inch whale with a stomach capacity of 4 drams that blast itself to obscurity as a species through swallowing too much of plankton; Stiltus Loftus – a wader bird that fed on algae and could neither fly nor swim, and became extinct because it developed enormously long legs and could no longer reach its food when water level receded; Jumbosis Minutus – a pygmy mammoth that snuffed it because its oversized curved tusks developed into a wheel causing it to plummet off the mountain; Clunkerdonkus Extermini – a species that solved the problem of over-population by clobbering each other to death, and a few more exotic birds, mammals and fish such as Hornoshnozaurus, Duddus Spondukliz, Wartus Probosics Amora (a.k.a. Warty-Nosed Kassanova), Soarus Magnificus Rex, Twittus Proboscis and Gulpus Introvertus

Ken must have really liked his idea of Soarus Magnificus Rex because he drew as many as three versions of the mad birdie… The one below is a bit text-heavy. I will show the other two in my next post.