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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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Showing posts with label World-Wide Weirdies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label World-Wide Weirdies. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


As promised, here are a few more of those unpublished drawings that Ken Reid made for the American chewing gum card manufacturer when he hoped to publish his series of monsters created from familiar objects in 1969 (see my intro for the Creepy Creations book by Rebellion). Scary, aren’t they?..

I have a few more of those but will save them for the complete biography of Ken Reid that I mentioned in my interviews last summer when I promoted my crowdfunding campaign for the Power Pack of Ken Reid. I still hope the bio will materialize at some point in the future.

Ken later used a few of those ideas in his series in Whoopee!:

© Rebellion Publishing IP Ltd

© Rebellion Publishing IP Ltd

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019


I am sure most of you already have your copies of Rebellion’s Creepy Creations reprint collection. I received mine a while ago and I think it is a nice package. It’s great that the collection includes not just the pages from Shiver and Shake weeklies, but also all of the other ‘Creations’ printed in the annuals,  pull-out booklets and even those that Ken Reid drew for a competition in Buster a couple of years down the line. 

I really look forward to Vol 1 of the World-Wide Weirdies because in my opinion Creepy Creations was Ken’s warm-up exercise before really going to town with his next series in Whoopee! 

If you read my intro to the book, you may recall I mentioned Ken’s attempts to get a similar series published in the US. Ken drew quite a few detailed samples for the publisher. It would have been great if some of those could have been included in the book. Check out a couple of the drawings below, in colour. The image of the Monster of Molasses was supplied to me by Julius Howe who owns the original. 

If you think these are scary, wait till you see my next post in a few days’ time… 

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Friday, May 26, 2017


In my previous post I showed a Creepy Creation by Ken Reid that was for some reason rejected by the editor of SHIVER AND SHAKE comic.

When SHIVER AND SHAKE was absorbed by WHOOPEE! in 1974, Ken was put in charge of drawing the World-Wide Weirdies feature.  The complete WWWs series in the weeklies consists of 203 illustrated posters, all drawn and quite a few signed by Ken Reid.

Interestingly, there were three more that were rejected. The School of 'Wails' printed in WHOOPEE! dated 23rd April, 1977 was first submitted as Wales (Miners); the title suggests that Ken chose the mining angle for his original version but it was a sensitive theme in the 70s so IPC preferred to play it safe and instructed him to take a different approach and exploit the wails/whales wordplay instead (my speculation). 

Then there was something about Ken’s Weird/Whacky Whirlpool that the editor didn’t like so readers only saw the second re-drawn version in WHOOPEE! issue dated 17th December, 1977.

Lastly, the Tower of London which Ken drew in November 1977 would have been a welcome addition to the gallery of London attractions but IPC rejected Ken’s take on it without suggesting how to make it acceptable.

I haven’t seen the first two rejects but the original of the last one has survived in Ken’s archive. Again, I can’t quite understand the editor’s reasons for rejecting it. Any thoughts on this?