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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 Robot Maker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Robot Maker. Show all posts

Sunday, November 16, 2014


MONSTER FUN COMIC wasn’t big on reprints but it still included a few that probably served as space fillers when artists failed to deliver their weekly strips on time.

The Robot Maker was a short-lived strip in the early issues of COR!! illustrated by Frank McDiarmid in his version of Ken Reid’s style. Only one episode was reprinted in MFC No. 47 where it substituted Teddy Scare which failed to appear that week.

Stoneage Brit Ancient Nit was another reprint from COR!! It made a surprise one-off appearance in MFC No. 40 where it was introduced as a Fave Funster from the Holiday Special:

The same goes for Sam’s Spook: the caption above the first episode of the strip in MFC suggests that many readers wrote in asking to see more of the strip after it was (re)printed in the first MFC Holiday Special. The original run of Sam’s Spook appeared in SMASH! in 1970 - 1971 where it was illustrated by Leo Baxendale. Reprints of Sam’s Spook can be found in MFC issues 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 38 and 46. Originally it was a b/w strip but two episodes in MFC Nos. 24 and 34 were couloured in:

Hairy only made one appearance in MFC No. 7. I am unsure if it was a reprint and if it was one, I don’t know where from. Can anyone help?

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


The Robot Maker. A beautifully illustrated but short-lived feature.  Robbie McHinery’s Dad was an inventor whose inventions normally didn’t work but one day he invented a machine capable of replicating human beings by building identical robots. Drawn by Frank McDiarmid in his Ken Reid-imitation style that he had used in the mid-60s on Big Head and Thick Head in THE DANDY. The feature ran for 20 weeks from the first issue until 17th October, 1970 (No. 20). The Robot Maker did not appear on 26th September, 1970 (issue 17).

From COR!! dated 1st August, 1970 (No. 9)

From COR!! dated 22nd August, 1970 (No. 12)