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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.

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Showing posts with label Val's Vanishing Cream. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Val's Vanishing Cream. Show all posts

Thursday, February 28, 2019


A look at the comics cover-dated 30th March, 1974 tells us IPC kept Mike Lacey very busy at the time. He drew at least 10 pages in COR!!, Shiver & Shake, Whizzer and Chips and Whoopee! Scared-Stiff Sam in Whoopee! is hands-down my favourite :) I believe Mike later used the drawing of Sam wearing his protective clothing in the last panel of that week's page 1 for a pull-out poster that came with one of the later issues of Whoopee!

There are 4 more pages in Shiver & Shake, Whizzer and Chips and Whoopee! that I believe are also by Mike, although the style is somewhat different. If they are indeed by him, Mike Lacey’s stats for that week were a whopping 14 pages, but even if they aren’t, 10 pages is still a very impressive number!

The next and final post in this series will cover the work of that week’s champion Robert Nixon!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Val's Vanishing Cream joined the lineup of COR!! strips thanks to the readers’ vote in the COR-medy choice competition (first series). The pilot episode in which Val found a jar of vanishing cream in the bag of old cosmetics that her Mom asked her to pop in the bin appeared in COR!! issue dated 12th May, 1973  (No. 154). It started as a regular feature in COR!! issue with the cover date of 1st September, 1973 (No. 170) that also reprinted the pilot episode (in mini-format). Val used the vanishing cream to make things and people invisible. Illustrated by Mike Lacey, the strip ran regularly until the last issue of COR!! dated 15th June, 1974 (No. 211) and survived merger with BUSTER where it continued until the end of October, 1976. It made three front cover appearances in COR!! issues dated 1st September 1973, 23rd February 1974 and 27th April, 1974 (Nos. 170, 195 and 204). 

From COR!! issue dated 8th September, 1973 (No. 171)
From COR!! issue dated 22nd December, 1973 (No. 186)