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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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Saturday, August 28, 2021


Here’s Part Two of my account of the ‘cases’ dealt with by the Spooktacular 7 (formerly known as the crew of Scream Inn). This blogpost covers all WHOPPEE! issues for 1978 till the end of April - leaving the rest for Part Three.

7th January 1978   S7 provide music at the New Year party when the Canal Road Band gate-crash the party (singer does his impression of Johnny Rotten)

14th January 1978  Evil waxworks owner Professor Kreeps tries to turn S7 into exhibits of his chamber of horrors but Cyril the spider saves the day

21th January 1978  Number one stages a practice alarm and the practice session pays off because S7 accidentally bust a burglar:

28th January 1978  S7 are hired by the owner of a winter sports centre in Scotland to deal with a blackmailing winter sports guide writer (a three-pager – the only one in the weekly series!)...

4th February 1978  S7 are hired to return a boy who had run away 40 years  ago to join a circus...

11th February 1978  S7 deal with a mysterious invisible intruder who's been taking things from Grotty Grange

18th February 1978  S7 deal with a gang of Chinese Canaries smugglers:

25th February 1978 S7 deal with a cunning Medium named Madam Kazumpa

4th March 1978     Sergeant tricks S7 into signing into recruits but then the spooks scare him into tearing up their papers

11th March 1978   S7 deal with a gang of bag snatchers in Gassworks Alley:

18th March 1978  S7 are hired to protect a racehorse from being doped before the big race tomorrow

25th March 1978  Werewolf at Lady Svivering's manor house

1st April 1978       Eggs'pert diamond smugglers...

8th April 1978    S7 are summoned to the Palace cinema to redecorate it and experience transport problems getting there...

15th April 1978   Fortune teller tells to stop today's water speed-record attempt

22 April 1978      S7 are hired to watch the eggs laid by a very rare spotted-mug hawk from being stolen by crooked egg collectors...

29 April 1978    S7 are assigned to find a lost explorer Dr. Livingroom who went to Amazon find a lost tribe of the Tintacs...

Final Part will follow shortly…

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Saturday, August 21, 2021


SCREAM INN was an excellent strip by Brian Walker that started in SHIVER AND SHAKE in 1973 where it ran for 79 weeks, totalling 158 pages (plus two guest-appearance pages in The Wizards Anonymous strip), and continued in WHOOPEE! after the two comics merged in 1974, totalling 153 weekly episodes, or 306 pages. I covered both runs in my two series on this blog (Part One of the SHIVER AND SHAKE series can be found HERE, and Part One of the WHOOPEE! series – HERE; further installments of both series can be found by clicking ‘newer post’ at the bottom of the two links above).

After SCREAM INN concluded in WHOOPEE! for 1st October 1977, the ghostly gang returned a week later in a new strip called SPOOKTACULAR 7, lasting 42 weekly two-page installments, till WHOOPEE! cover-dated 22nd July, 1978. Most of the original SCREAM INN magic (which largely came from the fact that it was a reader-participation feature where fans could suggest candidates who could try spending a night at the haunted establishment and winning a million pound) was gone, but Brian Walker’s brilliant artwork still made the strip shine. In the last part of my old WHOOPEE! series I said I would cover SPOOKTACULAR 7 later on, so here we go.

Fans of SCREAM INN will know that in the last episode Innkeeper won the prize of £ 1,000,000, and the glorious series ended with this teaser:

The new strip was called ‘SPOOKTACULAR 7’, and although the title suggests it was inspired by the popular American film, in fact it is a lot like Reg Parlett’s ‘HIRE A HORROR’ and ‘RENT A GHOST’ in IPC sister publications. In the new series, the old SCREAM INN motto ‘We’re Only Here for the Fear’ was replaced by a sign that read ‘S.O.S. Send Our Spooks Service’ but otherwise things stayed more or less the same. Here’s the front cover of WHOOPEE! with the first episode of SPOOKTACULAR 7, followed by the complete two-pager introducing the S7:

This post is the full account of the ‘mirth filled missions’ of SPOOKTACULAR 7 in 1977. The next post – or maybe two – will cover the antics of the lovable spooks in 1978, till the strip was put to rest. Always remember, that:

8th October, 1977            The Magnificent Seven film inspires Innkeeper to form THE SPOOKTACULAR 7. S7 deal with a school bully (as shown above); SCREAM INN had already dealt with one in WHOOPEE! for 5th July 1975…

15th October 1977           S7 help a store deal with its shoplifting problem; the issue of WHOOPEE! also offered an Innkeeper cut-out mask:

22nd October 1977          S7 help husband get rid of hiccups...

29th October 1977           S7 deal with a mystery thief amongst staff in the fairground ghost train

5th November 1977        S7 are called out to deal with a ferocious foreman at the new building site

12th November 1977      S7 are called out to a beauty competition finals to deal with some local ruffians who turn up to cause trouble:

19th November 1977      S7 deal with a tyrannical traffic warden

26th November 1977     S7 recover a stolen Egyptian Mummy along with dozens of treasures – from a wicked owner of the museum of stolen goodies

3rd December 1977        S7 deal with a pesky park keeper

10th December 1977      S7 act as replacements for injured players in a football match and stand up to tough opposition and foul play...

17th December 1977      S7 help out Witch's nephew Charlie who's gone into show biz to be an escapologist but can't really do the tricks by himself:

24th December 1977      S7 help Lord Hardup get rid of some unwanted guests – a wealthy family who rented a suite in his castle but wouldn't pay or leave

31st December 1977       Xmas episode: S7 teach Fred Cratchit's great-grandson a lesson for trying to take revenge on Ebenezer Scrooge's grandson by forcing him to work on Christmas:

Part Two will follow shortly…

Characters are © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

Click on the POWER PACK banner in the right-hand column and get your copy of the POWER PACK OF KEN REID - the deluxe two-volume set of Ken’s strips in WHAM!, SMASH! and POW! comics of the ‘60s.