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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

Monday, August 10, 2015


Below are the remaining two installments of the “Mini Sub” story of Jonah by Ken Reid which ran in the Beano Nos. 985-988. This time I’ll show them exactly as they were printed in June 1961 because as you have seen in the two previous posts, those reprints in Buddy in the eighties were rather awful.

(Remember to click on the images to see them even larger) 

All Images 2015 © DC Thomson, Ltd. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Here comes part two of the “Mini-Sub” story of Jonah by Ken Reid, presented in the same way as part one, i.e. in pairs of matching rows from the Beano original (1961) and the reprint in Buddy (1983). This time the reprint was in spot colour because the back cover was reserved for a colour advert.

One doesn’t get to see Ken’s DC Thomson original artwork very often – presumably because DCT took better care of their archive than Odhams/Fleetway/IPC did of theirs. Fortunately, a few pages did find their way out of DCT vaults, and the episode shown above is one of them. Before you ask, I don’t own it. It is a prized item in the collection of my mate Derek who has kindly scanned the page for me. Here is a selection of panels for you to enjoy:

Contrary to what I said in the previous post, the “Mini-Sub” story of Jonah is not a two-part but a four-part story, and I will show the remaining two episodes in the next post.

Friday, July 31, 2015


Jonah by Ken Reid is a classic and one of the highlights of Ken’s career.

When I first set out to collect the complete run of Jonah some 7 yrs. ago, I realised it was going to be quite a challenge and thought I’d be better off collecting reprints instead (in parallel…).

In case you didn’t know, Ken’s original Jonah series started in The Beano No. 817 (March 15th, 1958) and concluded in No. 1090 (August 8th, 1963); b/w reprints can be found in Hornet Nos. 395 – 623 (3rd April, 1971 - 16th August, 1975), and then in Buddy, in full colour/ part colour, in all 130 issues of the comic (Feb. 14th, 1981 – Aug. 6th, 1983).

Unless one has access to complete sets of the comics concerned, there's no way of knowing how much of the original series was reprinted and in what order, or how much of the artwork/text remained as it was in the reprints. I have the complete original run in the Beano and the full 130-issue set of Buddy with Jonah reprints in nearly every issue, also a large pile of Hornets from the period in question but not a complete run. For what I’ve seen, the reprints in Hornet are faithful reproductions of the strip as it appeared in The Beano, minus colour. Therefore, comparing the Beano and the Hornet versions of Jonah wouldn’t be very interesting because they are essentially identical. I can show one or two examples in the future, if anyone is curious.

The reprints in the 80s Buddy are in colour/part-colour, with a different lettering but without major text alterations. To illustrate the difference, I’ll show two consecutive original episodes from The Beano alongside with reprints in Buddy more than 20 years later. Here’s the first part, with matching rows of the two versions side-by side.  

Be sure to come back for part two because I will show a few panels of Ken’s original Jonah artwork from the next episode. 

(click to enlarge!)

Monday, November 3, 2014


With Guy Fawke’s night just a few days away, let’s take a look at some of those bright Fireworks covers. The one below is that of a very early issue of THE BEANO. It was offered in one of phil-comics auctions which ended yesterday. With 60+ watchers, more than 10 bidders and 36 bids, it went for an impressive £677. Phil-comics never fail to attract top prices for their excellent items!

As many of you may know, in addition to being a highly-reputable eBay auctioneer of UK comics, Phil is also a publisher who has produced the beautiful collection of Christmas covers of the Beano and the Dandy 1937 - 1969, so if you need a X-mas gift for someone who is into this kind of thing, why not buy a copy from phil-comics on eBay? I hope sales are going well enough to make it worth Phil’s while to publish a similar volume of Fireworks covers sometime in the future! Before this happens (if ever), here are some festive covers of the Dandy from the 50s. All but one are from my collection.