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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 Playhour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Playhour. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

FIRST GULLIVER GUINEA-PIG STORY BY GORDON HUTCHINGS – PART TWO



Here’s the second part of Gulliver-Guinea-Pig and the Rainbow Folk - the first Gulliver story by Gordon Hutchings, two double pagers from PLAYHOUR cover-dated 11 and 18 February, 1961. 

Apart from being superbly drawn, the story also features one of my favourite themes when the plot is based on characters’ power to control the colours. I have a few more examples of that in my collection. The Wizard’s Black Magic by Nadir Quinto from the back pages of TREASURE in 1964 is another brilliant example that immediately comes to mind, and I will show it on my blog sometime soon…

Click to enlarge and enjoy!





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Thursday, June 27, 2019

FIRST GULLIVER GUINEA-PIG STORY BY GORDON HUTCHINGS



It's been a while since I last showed something of Playhour’s Gulliver Guinea-Pig

I recently received an email from a reader who is the proud owner of the original artwork for the first Gulliver story by Gordon Hutchings after he took over from Philip Mendoza who was in charge of the strip since it began in May 1958. 

Hutching’s first story, called Gulliver Guinea-Pig and the Rainbow Folk, ran in the 4 consecutive issues of Playhour in January and February 1961, and was so nicely drawn that I decided to show it in full. Here are the first 4 pages, the rest will follow soon. Click to enlarge and enjoy!





Click on the POWER PACK banner in the right-hand column and get your copy of the POWER PACK OF KEN REID - the deluxe two-volume set of Ken’s strips in WHAM!, SMASH! and POW! comics of the ‘60s.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

PLAYHOUR EASTER ISSUE 1959



It looks like my detailed account of Gulliver Guinea Pig’s stories will have to wait because I am now busy coordinating another exciting project which I hope to be able to announce here very soon…

I haven’t added a new blogpost for quite some time, so in keeping with the theme of the last few posts, here is a complete Easter issue of Playhour published at about this time of the year nearly 6 decades ago in 1959. It comes from a small batch that I recently picked up on eBay. The quality of artwork can’t be praised enough and it’s a shame the title appears to be largely forgotten and underappreciated among collectors. On the other hand, those old issues are rather difficult to come by. Click on the images to enlarge.

Enjoy!

















Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ADVENTURES OF GULLIVER GUINEA-PIG




Judging from the low number of pageviews and hardly any feedback on the last few blogposts about Gulliver Guinea-Pig, a detailed account of the complete Playhour series from 1958 till 1965 is unlikely to be very popular but I have started planning it nonetheless. Wouldn’t it be fun to trace the adventures of the restless traveler drawn by some of the finest artists - starting with both main illustrators of the strip, i.e. Philip Mendoza:




... and Gordon Hutchings:








… and including those who only occasionally stepped in for the regulars, such as another Playhour’s star artist Fred White: 



… the excellent Ron Embleton:



… the versatile Jesus Blasco:



… and a few others, such as Cambra whose name I’ve never heard before:



I am only missing 12 episodes, they are all from the years 1958 and 1959, and it looks like a fellow Gulliver fan from Australia will help me fill the gaps in the near future!