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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.

Copyright of all images and quotations used here is with their respective owners. Any such copyrighted material is used exclusively for educational purposes and will be removed at first notice. All other text copyright Irmantas P.

Showing posts with label Sparky. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sparky. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


I recently acquired a copy of SPARKY No. 620 – the last issue that I needed for my complete set of this interesting title. I shared my joy on Twitter and on a few FB comics groups, and mentioned that I was after a complete copy of issue 110 because mine had its centre pages missing. Two fellow collectors responded to my appeal, and that elusive issue is now on its way to me from the UK!

I will celebrate this achievement by resuming my series of SPARKY back covers featuring the MOONSTERS by Bill Ritchie. A few years ago I did a string of galleries of all SPARKY front covers with the Moonsters (Nos. 35 – 139), and at the end of 2019 I did the first three galleries of the back covers (Nos. 2-34).

Here are the first 10 SPARKY back covers after the MOONSTERS were moved from the front cover to the back page once again starting from No. 140. Enjoy!

Images are © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Friday, December 27, 2019


Here are the next eleven SPARKY back covers featuring The Moonsters by Bill Ritchie. Click on the images to enlarge.

SPARKY No. 34 was the last issue before the strip was moved to the front cover of the comic, where it remained for 105 weeks. You can find the complete 12-part gallery of those front covers under Moonsters Covers Gallery label in the column on the right. 

Images are © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Monday, December 2, 2019


Here are the next 11 Sparky back covers featuring The Moonsters by Bill Ritchie:

 Images are © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.

I am celebrating the 100th birthday of KEN REID by offering free prints of his original artwork with every purchase of THE POWER PACK books! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


A while ago I did a series of SPARKY front covers featuring The MOONSTERS by Bill Richie. I like this busy feature, so I thought I might do another string of posts and show every single installment which appeared on the back cover of the paper. 

There were a total of 33 episodes (starting from SPARKY No. 2) before The Moonsters were promoted to the front page, and here are the first 11. I like the adverts at the bottom of the page in the first 8 installments. They look very 60s and very DC Thomson to me. Enjoy!

Images are © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.