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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.

Friday, November 29, 2019


If you follow my series of Faceache story arcs by Ken Reid, you may have noticed that 1979 was the year of serialised ‘Faceache’ tales: ten were published all in all, with as many as three spanning four weeks and two that were three weeks in length. 

The last one for that year was three weeks long and started in BUSTER cover-dated 24 November 1979. In it, Faceache set out on a 5,000 scrunge marathon!.. Expect to see some of the best of Faceache’s face-pulling exercises in my next post in a few days' time. In the meantime, here’s Brian Walker’s 'Boxatricks' cover of the BUSTER issue with the first episode of the Marathon tale.

Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019


A while ago I did a series of SPARKY front covers featuring The MOONSTERS by Bill Richie. I like this busy feature, so I thought I might do another string of posts and show every single installment which appeared on the back cover of the paper. 

There were a total of 33 episodes (starting from SPARKY No. 2) before The Moonsters were promoted to the front page, and here are the first 11. I like the adverts at the bottom of the page in the first 8 installments. They look very 60s and very DC Thomson to me. Enjoy!

Images are © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd.

Monday, November 25, 2019


The next little Faceache story arc was presented in the four issues of BUSTER cover dated 20 October – 10 November, 1979. Here‘s a synopsis: 

During local history lesson Mr. Snipe tells a legend about the nearby mill and its ghost Magnus Mortgrave who’s looking for his stolen golden watch in the gaunt ruins:

 At night Faceache and Willy go to the mill to search for the watch, hoping it will be worth a fortune. Possessed by greed and craving for gold, Mr. Snipe also heads for the mill...

The boys hear something ticking in the flour loft, but how can they get there? Faceache makes use of his Boyington Bouncer scrunge (the only one in this 4-weeks long tale):

Ticking seems to be coming from all sides; Faceache thinks it must be the ghost trying to confuse him. Meanwhile, Mr. Snipe approaches the mill; he decides that the quickest way to get to the flour loft is by using the lower sail as a ladder. Meanwhile, Faceache hears the ticking coming from the outside. The lad climbs out to have a look. He and Mr. Snipe see each other...

The wind’s getting stronger and Faceache finds himself holding to one of the sails as they start turning… Trapped on the sails in a rising gale, Faceache and Mr. Snipe both start calling for help. Willie can hear the sails whizzing, but he can also hear the mysterious ticking sound near him. He realises it’s the death-watch beetles nibbling and gnawing at the old the wooden structure!

Faceache and Mr. Snipe land in Mortgrave Mire as the building collapses:

Faceache and Mr. Snipe are getting out of the mire when they hear the overexcited Willie who has found the valuable antique watch in the rubble. They set after him claiming their rights to the find: 

Back at school, it turns out that it’s Mr. Thrashbottom’s watch. He received it as a present from the Bratsville Education Committee for devising an invention 'which restored order and discipline for the schools in this parish when all else had failed'. The headmaster lost it only the day before when he was visiting Mortgrave Mill to make notes for an article he was writing. 

Since the mill is out of bounds to both pupils and teachers, Mr. Thrashbottom demonstrates his invention on the two boys and Mr. Snipe.

Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

Don't forget that I am celebrating Ken's 100th birthday by offering free prints of his original artwork with every purchase of THE POWER PACK books! Press here and claim your copies now