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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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Friday, June 14, 2013


I’ll take a short break from looking at individual strips in Shiver and Shake and do a quick post about two Shiver and Shake-related sales in the recent Compal Auctions. Two lots were on offer. The first one was described and illustrated as follows:

Shiver And Shake (1973)
10 March (No 1) - 28 April, the first 8 issues with No 1 free gift Joke Chocolate Biscuit (un-nibbled) in original wrapper, No 3 with free gift (Glow Fun Stickers), all in fine/very fine condition. Winning bid incl. 10% Buyer's Premium: £112

The other lot was presented like this:

Frankie Stein original artwork (early 1980s) drawn and signed by Robert Nixon for Whoopee!
Frankie takes up athletics and Professor Cube (Dad) hides in the dustbin to evade injury - Frankie's Javelin finds him …
Indian ink on card. 15 x 14 ins
Winning bid incl. 10% Buyer's Premium: £121

I would have expected the auctioneers to know their stuff, but in this case the description wasn’t accurate. The artwork was in fact for the front cover of the last ‘big news’ issue of Shiver and Shake, so it is from the mid-7os, not the early 1980s and belongs to SHIVER AND SHAKE rather than WHOOPEE! 

Note that the panels have been rearranged in the printed version. Since the original artwork appears to be uncut, it looks like IPC photocopied the sheet and then cut it to arrange the panels as they saw fit. 

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