Mike Brown on board, Bob Paynter’s headaches over Badtime Bedtime Books
were over because the artist was an excellent imitator of Leo Baxendale’s
drawing style. IPC script writer(s?) also did a decent job.
Mike Brown period proper started with Doctor Poo. It was the BBB No. 28 and
appeared in MFC No. 39 (6th March, 1976). In the previous post I speculated
that it may have been drawn by someone else because it had no signature of Mr.
Brown, but having taken a closer look, I am now convinced it was his work. Here
is the front cover once again, and you can see the complete book in the
last week's post HERE:
Fistful of Chips (BBB No. 29 in MFC No. 41 cover-dated
March 20th, 1976) was the first one to have Mike Brown’s initials in tiny
letters in the bottom right corner of the front cover:
may have noted the word “proper” in first paragraph of this post. That’s
because I’m now inclined to believe that Dick Twerpin was the first BBB which
Mr. Brown had contributed back in 1975 during the Leo Baxendale period. Just
take a look at the horse in the two panels below. The one on the left is from Dick
Twerpin and the one next to it is from A Fistful of Chips:
of the Japes (MFC No. 43, 3rd April, 1976) was about a weird planet on
which kids were persecuted by practical jokester school teachers. Initialled by
Mike Brown in the last panel. Here is the front page:
(MFC No. 47, 1st May, 1976). After Planet of the Japes, BBBs took a
month’s break to return in May in the shape of the only BBB by Artie Jackson
who signed it with his first name in one of the panels.
compensated for the break with as many as three BBBs during the rest of May:
Little Renegades (MFC No. 48, 8th May, 1976) – in black and white only.
Initialled by Mike Brown on front cover.
Adventures of the Scarlet Pimply Neddy (MFC No. 50, 22nd May, 1976). This
one is unsigned but artwork leaves little space for guesswork as to who the
illustrator was, don’t you think?
the Word (MFC No. 53, 29th May, 1976). In black and white only. Mike
Brown initialled this one on the last page.
then disappeared once again: not a single one came out in June.
Greatest Escape (MFC No. 56, 3rd July, 1976) was illustrated by Mike
(MFC No. 58, 17th July, 1976). Illustrated by Mike Brown:
another short break there were two consecutive issues with BBBs, but only one
was drawn by Mike Brown. Leslie Harding made a surprise comeback with BBB No. 37
Hound of the Backstreet Villa (MFC No. 61, 7th August, 1976):
999 (MFC No. 62, 14th August, 1976). Things were back to business as
usual, with Mike Brown prominently signing his name on the front cover. Here is the story in full:
30) The Wonderful World of Hannibal (MFC
No. 64, 28th August, 1976):
Brown concluded the run of Badtime Bedtime Books in MONSTER FUN
COMIC weeklies with a sequence of 4 stories in MFC issues 69 – 72:
40) The McCurse o' Red Hairy McLegs, or The McPhantom o’ the
McGlen! or The McRebellion O’ ‘45 R.P.M. (Rebellions Per Minute)
(MFC No. 69, 2nd October, 1976) – this one had quite a title, don’t you think?
Signed by a Mike McBroon…
Ghoulies (MFC No. 70, 9th October, 1976) – the text in the bottom left
corner of the front cover suggests that Mike Brown not only illustrated but
also wrote the story! This makes me wonder if he also wrote scripts of other
BBBs that he drew and signed?
Spyderbat (MFC No. 71, 16th October, 1976). If it wasn’t for Mr.Brown’s
signature, some panels could be easily confused for Leo Baxendale’s work. Mike
Brown must have studied Leo’s style very carefully. Here is the front page:
the Apple's Core (MFC No. 72, 23rd October, 1976). The credits say
“Directed by Mike Brown” – is this another hint that he had something to do
with the script, not just the artwork?
a total of 14 Badtime Bedtime Story Books by Mike Brown, 16 if we agree to
include Dick Twerpin and Gong of Kong. This makes Mike Brown the
runner-up to Leo Baxendale whose stats amount to 19 confirmed books, plus one
that was drawn by him but not as a Badtime Bedtime Book (I Spy
With My Little Guy (BBB No. 10) was stitched-together by IPC from Mervyn’s
Monsters artwork of Mr. Baxendale), plus Ghoul Dilocks and the Three
Scares which I’m also inclined to attribute to Mr. Baxendale. Leslie
Harding illustrated three books while Terry Bave, Artie Jackson and Tom
Paterson contributed one BBB each.
much for the Badtime Bedtime Books in the weeklies. BUT, there were a few
more in the Annuals and I’ll be looking at them here in due course.
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