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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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Sunday, August 23, 2020


Here’s the Scream Inn guestbook for 1976, documenting who called and when. All 52 weekly episodes in WHOOPEE! comic were by the regular artist Brian Walker.

January 3, 1976         · Sleeping Rip Van Winkle. A nice episode with Innkeeper giving a toast to 1976:

January 10, 1976       · Little Jack Horner, super-star of the nursery rhyme world

January 17, 1976       · Manmoon

January 24, 1976       · Abominable Snowman

January 31, 1976       · Berty Blubber - the fattest man in the World

February 7, 1976       · Figure-skating champion

February 14, 1976     · Wally the Woodworm

February 21, 1976     · Scarecrow

February 28, 1976     · Simple Simon. This episode is special because of two reasons: resident spooks often got desperate when the guest turned out to be indifferent to their best efforts, but it was the first - and the only - time that the whole crowd of WHOOPEE! characters showed up to help them. Secondly, the caller actually wins and collects the prize, but then returns it – the lad is really simple minded… 

March 6, 1976            · Innkeeper's Twin. I like this panel with the old mirror trick; note that the two pairs of eyes are also playing the mirror game in the background… 

March 13, 1976          · Dr. Livingstone

March 20, 1976          · Mysto the great mind-reader. The coffin-shaped TV set in the first panel is a nice example of cool industrial design :)

March 27, 1976          · Jack-Of-All-Trades

April 3, 1976              · Fireman. Check out the creepy-crawlies in the foreground:

April 10, 1976            · Rugby player

April 17, 1976            · Dancing bear

April 24, 1976            · Old King Neptune

May 1, 1976               · Cat-Man, American-type comic book super-hero. This one is really full of sound effects, and resident spooks put on their Comic-Con outfits:

May 8, 1976               · Blackbeard the Pirate

May 15, 1976             · Archaeologist

May 22, 1976             · Old King Cole

May 29, 1976             · Demolition Expert

June 5, 1976               · The Great Flyin' Fred - Trapeze Artiste Extraordinaire

June 12, 1976             · Golfer (Brigadier Bunkerton)

June 19, 1976             · Painter. From time to time the artist embellished the strip with nice page-wide panels. Page two of this episode had the first example of that:

June 26, 1976             · Der Red Baron - famous WWI Air Ace. This episode also had a page-wide panel:

July 3, 1976                · Clock maker

July 10, 1976              · A Whoopee! reader. I like the ending of this story and how it smoothly leads to call to action:

July 17, 1976              · Newspaper seller

July 24, 1976              · Cobbler

July 31, 1976              · Toffee-nosed kid. Here the spooks are desperate again, so they summon the ghosts from the mansion of the caller’s Dad:


August 7, 1976           · Coalman. Other WHOOPEE! stars made quite a few guest-appearances in the strip in the previous years, but this was only the second time when this happened in 1976 (the first one was in issue of 28th Feb.). Of course, the Bumpkin Billionaires were the least-likely candidates to call at Scream Inn to win some money because their greatest desire was to get rid of the cash they already owned. As could be expected, their scheme to waste a million in this episode didn’t work – see the full episode HERE. 

August 14, 1976         · Lolipop man

August 21, 1976         · Jockey

August 28, 1976         · Toy Boy – The only episode in 1976 when a fellow star from WHOOPEE! tried to win the prize at the suggestion of a reader. The episode also features characters of The Ghost Train – the strip that Brian Walker illustrated in WHOOPEE! before the arrival of Scream Inn. See the full episode HERE. 

September 4, 1976     · Cricketer

September 11, 1976   · Al Capone the notorious gangster:

September 18, 1976   · Queen's guard

September 25, 1976   · King Kong

October 2, 1976         · Little Miss Muffet

October 9, 1976         · Sheepdog

October 16, 1976       · Piglet. This episode was reprinted in full and received a couple of paragraphs in the book “Comics: Ideology, Power and the Critics” that I mentioned in the previous post: 

October 23, 1976       · Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland

October 30, 1976       · Million Dollar Man - a Bionic Bloke

November 6, 1976     · Auctioneer 

November 13, 1976   · Little Boy Blue

November 20, 1976   · Stuntman 

November 27, 1976   · Parachutist

December 4, 1976      · Boxing kangaroo

December 11, 1976    · Disc Jockey

December 18, 1976    · Doctor Doolittle

December 25, 1976    · Fairy – Xmas episode


Come back soon for the last part covering the year 1977...

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1 comment:

  1. So much imagination and really good... thanks for all the extra details