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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 Robert Nixon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robert Nixon. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


In 1981, the New Year issue of WHOOPEE! (3rd January) came with this busy colour pull-out calendar contributed by Robert Nixon:

The next pull-out came after a month’s break in the issue cover-dated 14th February, 1981. It was the first time that WHOOPEE! offered a set of Valentine Cards to its readers:

WHOOPEE! issue of 28th February, 1981 came with a free gift – a pack of Hubba Bubba Soft Bubble Gum. Moreover, the free gift issue was the first in the sequence of four with Whoopee! "Doubles" pull-out card game

The two issues of 28th February and 7th March had two pages of the cut-out cards, while the next two (14th and 21st March) each had one page of those; the rules of the game came with the last part:

The issue of 20th June, 1981 had this page with the list of WHOOPEE!’s top ten strips (results of a popularity poll), and on that occasion the Editor decided to include colour posters of the top three. The one for the comic’s No. 3 star was advertised to appear next week, but the Editor added some suspense by withholding the names of the runner-up and the top character for now:

Toy Boy poster by Terry Bave was duly included in the issue of 27th June, 1981:

… along with this advert for the poster of the runners-up to look forward to next week: 

The Bumpkin Billionaires’ poster came with the issue of 4th July, 1981:

… which also revealed who the top character was:  

It appears that the influx of new stars from CHEEKY WEEKLY (Mustapha Million was one of the ‘immigrants’) undermined the popularity of some of WHOOPEE!’s old-timers, as demonstrated by the fact that Sweeny Toddler dropped to the fourth place in the chart. 

The achievement of Mustapha Million was celebrated with a poster in the issue of 11th July, 1981:

WHOOPEE! issues cover-dated 4th July and 11th July, 1981 (those with the Bumpkin Billionaires and Mustapha Million posters) and the issue of 18th July, 1981 came with The Young Road Traveller's Handbook. The front cover of the issue with Part 1 of the pull-out suggested that the booklet was in full colour, although actually it was all printed in black-and-white. Here is a selection of pages:

The next pull-out arrived a fortnight later. WHOOPEE! celebrated the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana by including the Royal Wedding Game on the centerspread in the issue of 1st August, 1981:

The next exciting pull-out – How to Draw Comic Strips by Terry Bave, Book Two – took exactly two months to appear. The first part of the 16-page mini-book was included with the second free gift issue of the year that had a pack of ANGLO Bubbly bubble gum sellotaped to the front cover (missing from my copy shown in the picture below). Terry Bave’s second ‘tutorial’ (the first one was included a year ago in 1980) was printed in WHOOPEE! issues of 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th October, 1981:

Here it is in full for those of you who would like another set of handy tips from the Master:

A week later WHOOPEE! readers received yet another Guy Fawkes’ facemask in the issue of 31st October, 1981. Drawn - as usual - by Brian Walker, it was the last pull-out offered to the readers of the paper in 1981. 

Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


In 1980 the first 4 issues of WHOOPEE! (January 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) included the Giant All-Year X-Word and 1980 Calendar consisting of 4 pull-outs printed on the centre pages.

Assembly instructions and X-word solutions came with the last part:

… and, once assembled, the X-word/calendar looked something like this: 

One of the issues mentioned above also had this page that gives us an idea of the most popular WHOOPEE! strips at the time:

I find it a bit surprising that Frankie Stein and Scared-Stiff Sam were in the ‘supporting cast’ category. I would have hoped that at least Frankie was still a big star at that point...

Many fans hated the GOOD NEWS INSIDE issues because they marked the end of their favourite comic, but let us not forget that defunct papers were usually merged into other comics that had nice adverts heralding the expansion of their character lineup. WHOOPEE! issue, cover dated 2nd Feb., 1980 came with a Special Announcement of WHOOPEE! and CHEEKY merger next week:

Starting from the issue of 9th Feb., 1980, WHOOPEE! became another two-comics-in-one package  - IPC’s third after WHIZZER AND CHIPS and SHIVER AND SHAKE. The intention of this blog-series is to cover WHOOPEE! pull-outs, so it is worth-while pointing out that, technically speaking, starting from that week, every single issue of the paper published in 1980 came with a pull-out – a 16-page CHEEKY comic inside WHOOPEE! Here are the first 4 covers of the CHEEKY section, drawn beautifully by Frank McDiarmid. I have to say I find them more appealing that those of the WHOOPEE!s where they were included:

Of course, very few readers actually detached the CHEEKY section, and when you buy WHOOPEE! comics for your collection today, it is unlikely the “pull outs” will be missing.

The first 4 combined WHOOPEE! and CHEEKY comics, cover-dated February 9th, 16th, 23rd and March 1st, 1980, also had ‘proper’ pull-outs – a 4-part 'FIB' Card Game:

Instructions how to play the game came with the last part:

Next up was the Ticklish Allsports Pocket Book in the issues cover-dated March 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 1980:

Here is a selection of pages, many drawn by Jack Clayton, with a few by other artists:

The Editor took a break with WHOOPEE! pull outs till Autumn and came up with quite a unique and educational one in the 4 issues of October 11th,18th, 25th and Nov. 1st, 1980. 

It was How to Draw Comic Strips, with 14 cartooning lessons by Terry Bave. I thought it would be a good idea to show the booklet in full – maybe you’ll find it a useful tool to share with someone taking their first steps at drawing:

The issue with the last part of Terry Bave’s booklet was the Firework number, so it came with yet another Guy Fawkes’ mask drawn by Brian Walker (I think…), from an idea devised by a lucky reader who won the contest and pocketed a grand prize of 50 pound – enough to buy 416 issues of WHOOPEE!, priced 12 p. at that time! 

The last pull-out for 1980 was in the Christmas issue – the only one without a front cover of the CHEEKY section inside since the WHOOPEE!/CHEEKY merger. The front cover below was by Robert Nixon:

The pull-out was The Whoopee! Flip the Kipper Game drawn by Mike Lacey and printed in full colour on the centerspread:

Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd