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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.

Copyright of all images and quotations used here is with their respective owners. Any such copyrighted material is used exclusively for educational purposes and will be removed at first notice. All other text copyright Irmantas P.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Time for ten more early Sparky covers with the Moonsters. The first and the last ones in this post are interesting: the first one (No. 50) because it celebrates the New Year, while the last one (No. 59) because Bill Ritchie later re-drew it as the cover of Sparky Book 1968 (see my old post HERE).

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I’ll add some variety to this blog and write about something else than comics today. The subject of this post is Royal Mail – the service that the vast majority of eBay sellers and other dealers have used over the years to send my comics from the UK to Lithuania where I live.

Generally speaking I have no complaints because only two or three of my packages failed to turn up in the course of nearly a decade. A few of the parcels, however, did quite a bit of travelling before reaching me, so I assume some people have no clue where my country is. Let’s picture two post office employees processing my package at a sorting station somewhere in the UK:

“Look, this one is to Lithuania. Do you know where it is?”
“Sounds exotic, should be Asia.”
“Asia be it, then…”:

I thought asking my sellers to add EUROPE after LITHUANIA in my address would help the post office do a better job. I am sure most of the times the hint was appreciated, but not on this occasion:

Friday, May 20, 2016


The third and the last guest appearance during the Shiver and Shake run of Scream Inn can be found in issue No. 73 (August 24, 1974), and on that occasion the visitor was a Creepy Creation. I covered the Creepy Creations feature in detail when I reviewed SHIVER AND SHAKE comic a couple of years ago. You can find the article HERE.

Here is that week’s Creepy Creation from the back page of SHIVER AND SHAKE, drawn by the usual artist Ken Reid (as if you didn’t know…):

All three guest appearances at Scream Inn in SHIVER AND SHAKE have now been accounted for. My detailed review of Scream Inn in SHIVER AND SHAKE comic can be found in another article under SHIVER AND SHAKE umbrella HERE.

I will start looking at the WHOOPEE! run in a week or so, and the first guest will be a very unusual one indeed! 

Monday, May 16, 2016


Here’s the second batch of THE MOONSTERS covers of SPARKY comic. There are ninety of them left, so that’s nine more posts to keep me busy and you guys entertained! This gallery includes as  many as two special issues - Firework and X-mas 1965!