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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 The Beano. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Beano. Show all posts

Friday, March 27, 2020


Looking through my Beanos, I came across a curious example of Kat and Kanary in issue No. 770 (20 April, 1957). The curious thing about it is that the illustrator was Leo Baxendale, who to the best of my knowledge didn’t draw many anthropomorphic strips. In this case, Leo’s style is easily recognizable, don’t you think?

It is less obvious in the next episode from The Beano No. 771 – the last one by Leo before the strip was assigned to another artist:

I then found out that Leo drew another strip with animal protagonists, and it was The Katts in Knockout (second series). It ran in the first 14 issues of the comic starting from 12th June, 1971, but as it turns out, Leo only drew a few of the episodes. I stand to be corrected, but in my opinion his Katts appeared in 5 issues:

The rest were by Mike Lacey, weren’t they?:

Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

Sunday, March 15, 2020


How about a gallery of the front covers of a few of the comics on newsstands this week all those years ago in 1953? The Topper was of course nearly twice the size of the other two. They are all brilliant as far as I am concerned :)

Images are © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Friday, January 17, 2020


Check out the caption at the top of the front page of WHOOPEE! above. Indeed, in 1975 (and later on) readers of the comic were rewarded with more than just a bundle of laughs – they could also win themselves quite a bit of cash!

I randomly picked the issue cover-dated 17th May, 1975 and checked how much prize money was up for grabs in a week.

£1 was offered for each letter published in the ‘Letters’ column:

£1 was paid for each joke used (readers were asked to send jokes in a variety of subjects (School, Animal, Spooky, All at Sea, Police, Historical, etc.):

A prize of £1 was paid to the sender of that week’s Knock Knock joke:

There was a prize of £1 for every good suggestion for a script of Scream Inn:

That’s in addition to the joy of seeing your name included in the strip, usually in the first panel:

Last but not least, a kingly reward of £2 was offered for each World Wide-Weirdies idea used (not to mention the extra bonus of seeing your name in print at the top of the page):

Theoretically, if a resourceful reader was successful on all 5 counts, he or she could collect £6 in a single week!

Moreover, the adventure strips included in WHOOPEE! at that time encouraged readers to take note of the various clues in the weekly episodes, and enter for a cash prize at the end of the story. They were asked to write the clues on a coupon provided, stick it on the back of a postcard and send it to IPC Magazines. Fifty senders of the first all-correct cards were rewarded with £1 each, and saw their names printed in the magazine! Here’s an example from Island of Suspicion, followed by the coupon included in the next week’s issue of WHOOPEE!:

Besides, WHOOPEE! had all kinds of goodness offered by its advertisers. Here’s what was advertised in the issue of 17th May, 1975:

IPC children’s comics of the 70s competed for the young readers’ pocket money with well-established DCT titles. The Beano and The Dandy were 20 pages thick and cost 3 p., they had a stellar lineup of strips such as The Bash Street Kids, Biffo the Bear, Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Little Plum, Desperate Dan, Black Bob,  Corporal Clot, Roger the Dodger, etc. – all fondly remembered by parents and grandparents who now bought comics for their kids and grandchildren. In this context, IPC had to make an extra effort.

In the case of WHOOPEE!, the price of 5 p. (2 p. more than The Beano or The Dandy) was a drawback, but the page count of 32 (12 pages more than The Beano or The Dandy), the excellent lineup of dynamic fresh-looking characters and strips (particularly those exploiting the hot new theme of horror humour – which DCT tended to completely avoid at the time), the quality of the art, the abundance of colour pull-out posters and fun booklets (hardly ever found in the rival comics) made WHOOPEE! a very appealing package. Involving the young readers into the process of creating the comic (by asking to send strip ideas, etc. and printing contributors’ names in the paper) was a particularly clever move of the editorial team, as was the generous cash-reward policy.

To put my findings into context, I checked my copies of that week’s issues of The Beano and The Dandy to see what their cash prize offering was. Somehow, I was not surprised to discover it was just £2 per week in The Beano (£1 for each letter printed, and £1 for each printed drawing of a reader’s pet): 

…and an unspecified cash prize for each ‘little funny story’ printed in The Dandy (the top story of the week received a Practical Joker’s Fool Outfit):

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Monday, February 4, 2019


In the process of posting images of landmark episodes of When the Bell Rings and The Bash Street Kids by Leo Baxendale elsewhere on the web recently, and leafing thought the respective issues of DC Thomson’s comics in my collection, I realized how extraordinarily productive the young Leo was in the mid-50s. At that that point his weekly output amounted to a full page of When The Bell Rings, a half-page of Minnie the Minx, a half-page of Little Plum for THE BEANO, and one full page of The Banana Bunch for THE BEEZER on top of that!

Here are images of all the strips by Leo Baxendale from The Beano and The Beezer, both cover cover-dated February 11th 1956. Assuming that he drew all the pages in just one week, the man is unbeatable!