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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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Monday, April 23, 2018


HAROLD HARE’S OWN PAPER was another nice nursery comic of the 60’s by Fleetway, and here is a random issue published at about this time nearly 60 years ago.

The cover is by Hugh McNeill, as was some of the artwork inside. I have credited the artists where I could recognise their styles. The comic was larger in size than companion PLAYHOUR and JACK AND JILL at the time, so I couldn’t scan complete pages, but the "clippings" below will give you a taste. If I were a British kid when these comics were around, I would have probably preferred PLAYHOUR but HHOP also had some nice art and stories to offer.

Here’s another strip by Hugh McNeill:

Moony was a weird creature from the Moon who could transform himself into any shape and form:

The centre pages had Here Comes Mr. Toad by Peter Woolcock:

The Adventures of Pinocchio was illustrated by Tom Kerr (I believe):

The back cover featured The Stories of Katie Country Mouse by Mendoza. His work here seems to be less inspired than that of Gulliver in PLAYHOUR which Mendoza had stopped drawing by then:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


It looks like my detailed account of Gulliver Guinea Pig’s stories will have to wait because I am now busy coordinating another exciting project which I hope to be able to announce here very soon…

I haven’t added a new blogpost for quite some time, so in keeping with the theme of the last few posts, here is a complete Easter issue of Playhour published at about this time of the year nearly 6 decades ago in 1959. It comes from a small batch that I recently picked up on eBay. The quality of artwork can’t be praised enough and it’s a shame the title appears to be largely forgotten and underappreciated among collectors. On the other hand, those old issues are rather difficult to come by. Click on the images to enlarge.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Judging from the low number of pageviews and hardly any feedback on the last few blogposts about Gulliver Guinea-Pig, a detailed account of the complete Playhour series from 1958 till 1965 is unlikely to be very popular but I have started planning it nonetheless. Wouldn’t it be fun to trace the adventures of the restless traveler drawn by some of the finest artists - starting with both main illustrators of the strip, i.e. Philip Mendoza:

... and Gordon Hutchings:

… and including those who only occasionally stepped in for the regulars, such as another Playhour’s star artist Fred White: 

… the excellent Ron Embleton:

… the versatile Jesus Blasco:

… and a few others, such as Cambra whose name I’ve never heard before:

I am only missing 12 episodes, they are all from the years 1958 and 1959, and it looks like a fellow Gulliver fan from Australia will help me fill the gaps in the near future!

Sunday, February 25, 2018


As a follow-up to his article about the origins of Gulliver Guinea-Pig, John referred me to a blogpost about another appearance of the little traveler outside of his home-paper (Playhour). It turns out that Gulliver made a guest appearance in Harold Hare comic immediately prior to its merger with Playhour in April 1964. Apparently, the intention of the editorial team was to entice the readers of Harold Hare to start following Gulliver’s adventures in the new combined paper.

What’s curious about the episode (apart from the fact that it was printed in another comic) is that it looks like it was illustrated by Mendoza who had stopped drawing the feature for Playhour 4 years ago. The episode is unsigned - not very typical of Mendoza, but I am positive it is by Gulliver’s original artist. The style and even the theme (lost treasure, etc.) are quite similar to those of one of the last Playhour stories by Mendoza. I have shown it below for you to compare.

I wonder if it was an unused episode that Mendoza drew back in 1960, or perhaps it was printed in a Playhour annual (I don’t have copies to check, but the size of the panels suggests it may very well have been the case)? If you have the last issues of Harold Hare, I’d appreciate if you could check how many featured Gulliver.

These scans of the episode from Harold Hare comic are from the issue cover-dated 4 April, 1964 (the last one before merger with Playhour), I borrowed them from http://www.artofdiving.co.uk – a brilliant blog owned by someone who runs it combining his two hobbies – scuba diving and comics/illustration. 

And here are the pages from Playhour issues cover dated 17 and 24 December, 1960; the Harold Hare story and the one below have certain similarities, don't you think?