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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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Thursday, May 31, 2012


Nobby's Hobbies. Nobby was a boy who tried all kinds of hobbies but always messed things up and upset his Dad.  Here is the complete list of the hobbies that he had a go at: woodworking, conjuring (“Wizard” hobby), collecting stamps, photography, plumbing, pottery, voice throwing, knitting, calendar making, football (actually getting his football off the rooftop), puppets on a string, archaeology, dressing-up (disguising), winter sport of tobogganing, toy yacht building, making scrapbooks, making plastic models, making toy dogs, fishing, animal tracking, bird watching, keeping fit, making Easter eggs, making money by tape-recording bird sounds, camping, kite-flying, brass rubbing, jigsaws, mechanics, roller-skating, collecting wild flowers, acting, watching tadpoles turn into frogs, catapulting, playing badminton, paper tearing. Phew… 

The strip was drawn by the excellent Frank McDiarmid and ran from 7th November, 1970 until 17th July, 1971 (issue Nos. 23 – 59). It missed just one date during the period (1st May, 1971 (No. 48)). The episode in COR!! issue of 24th April, 1971 (No. 47) was illustrated by Les Barton.

From COR!! issue dated 12th December, 1970  (No. 28)

From COR!! issue dated 29th May, 1971 (No. 52)


  1. Thanks for posting this - yet another Frank McDiarmid strip that I've never seen before. It's interesting to see how Frank's style changed over the years.

  2. It was the last of the three features that Frank did for Cor!!