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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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Showing posts with label The Beezer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Beezer. Show all posts

Monday, February 4, 2019


In the process of posting images of landmark episodes of When the Bell Rings and The Bash Street Kids by Leo Baxendale elsewhere on the web recently, and leafing thought the respective issues of DC Thomson’s comics in my collection, I realized how extraordinarily productive the young Leo was in the mid-50s. At that that point his weekly output amounted to a full page of When The Bell Rings, a half-page of Minnie the Minx, a half-page of Little Plum for THE BEANO, and one full page of The Banana Bunch for THE BEEZER on top of that!

Here are images of all the strips by Leo Baxendale from The Beano and The Beezer, both cover cover-dated February 11th 1956. Assuming that he drew all the pages in just one week, the man is unbeatable!

Friday, April 15, 2016


The very early installments of The Banana Bunch in The Beezer were full-pagers with a single picture. Drawn by the young Leo Baxendale, they were printed in colour on the back page of the comic for thirteen weeks starting from the very first issue (January 21, 1956). Starting from issue 14 (April 21, 1956) the feature was moved to the inside of the paper and appeared in black and red.

The reason I am writing this post is because some time ago I saw a copy of The Beezer from 1961 on eBay. One of the photos uploaded by the seller showed a reprint on one of those early full-page sets, rendered in back and red. I though my readers might be interested to see the two versions side by side. Here’s the original in full-colour from The Beezer No. 10 (March 24, 1956):

… and here’s its twin from the issue cover-dated June 24, 1961:

The colour version looks OK, but I have to say that in this particular case I prefer the reprint. What do you think? I wonder if DC Thomson reprinted other early installments of The Banana Bunch in the same way?