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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, December 28, 2015


Scream Inn ended in WHOOPEE! issue cover-dated 1st October 1977 when the Innkeeper won the million. A week later he decided to use the prize money to set up Spooktacular 7, inspired by The Magnificent Seven film. The feature continued until 22nd July, 1978, and here is the only X-mas episode of Spooktacular 7 that also turned out to be the last one for Innkeeper & Co.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015


1976 was a good year for Scream Inn – WHOOPEE! didn’t miss a single week and the two-page feature was in every issue of the comic. The readers kept the Innkeeper and his team busy by suggesting all sorts of candidates who they thought might try their luck at spending a night in the Haunted Bedroom and winning the coveted prize of one million pounds. Some of the notable guests included Innkeeper’s twin, Dr. Livingstone, Old King Neptune, WWI Air Ace Der Red Baron, Al Capone, Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland and Doctor Doolittle, to mention but a few.

Here’s how the resident ghouls of Scream Inn celebrated the X-mas of 1976:

There was also a 4-pager in the Shiver and Shake 1977 Annual published for the X-mas of 1976. The last panel of the set is perhaps the most nicely drawn slap-up feed scene in UK comics ever.

The fourth and last part of this Christmas series will be up soon.

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Monday, December 21, 2015


The Christmas of 1974 was unfortunate for Scream Inn: by then its home comic Shiver and Shake had folded and was absorbed by WHOOPEE!; to make things worse, the publication of the new combined comic was disrupted by industrial action of the printers, hence no Christmas issue of WHOOPEE AND SHIVER & SHAKE in 1974…

This next festive episode of Scream Inn is from the issue of WHOOPEE! cover-dated 27th December, 1975:

There was also an episode of Scream Inn in the SHIVER AND SHAKE Annual 1976 (published for the Christmas of 1975). Although it didn’t contain direct references to Christmas (such as a fir-tree or Christmas decorations), I believe it is safe to assume that the presence of snow and the overall festive mood, in addition to that fact that the episode was in an Annual packed with Christmas goodness, suggests that the Innkeeper and his crew were celebrating the Holiday Season (rather than a birthday or something else):

Come back soon for Part Three of X-mas celebrations at Scream Inn!

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