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Ah childhood! I recently chanced upon a set of treasury style books released to celebrate the history of The Beano and The Dandy, two of the longest running weekly comics in the world, when I say that one book was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dandy and the Beano, and IT came out in 1987 so we're talking ooooooollllllld school here.

So I though I'd share a few of the delights that we Brits had in our youth, and in most cases here, long before MY youth too... and yes, we DID have printing presses back then! ;P

It's not weird... if it's British it's ECCENTRIC! )
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This one is one of my first, from December of 2009, when I was doing a series of 1980s British comics scans.

So, 7 1/2 pages of 23 from Nutty #178, July 9th 1983.

Why yes, that is a banana in my pocket. )

I'll be describing the features you're missing, starting with:

*Jay R. Hood: You may remember from the Roy Race post a bit back that "Dallas" was huge in Britain back in the day. This included several comics characters clearly inspired by scheming villain J.R. Ewing. To be honest, this one's a fairly standard rowdy boy, who happens to wear a cowboy hat. He and his gang run the local constables ragged, until the police captain decides to get them toughening-up lessons...from Jay R.

*Peter Pest: Standard annoying kid brother. His teenage sister and her beau attempt to hide their date from the boy, which actually gets them in more hassle than if they'd just admitted the truth in the first place.

Class warfare--a long-honoured British tradition. )

*Nip and Rrip": A boy and his cat, and yes, I've spelled its name correctly. Broke and desiring ice cream, the pair dig up the garden (what us Yanks call a "yard") in search of buried treasure. They find none, but Dad gives them money to stop digging.

*Snoopy: A reporter dog, no relation to the more famous American Snoopy. In this issue, the boss orders Snoopy to replace the carpet as it's getting worn through. Hilarity ensues.

*Tweet William: A daft youngster. After ruining his shoes, he goes shopping for a new pair. His insane prattle drives the shopkeep to distraction.

*Super Gnat: A powerful but small insect. Super Gnat is observing a yacht race when he observes some poor sportmen swamping a smaller competitor's boat. One burst of superbreath later, the underdog has won not only that race, but a nearby beach sailing contest as well.

*Sports Fan: A very athletic girl. She's performing some fancy dives...and some fancy leaping back up to the board. It turns out there's a trampoline instead of water in the pool.

Speaking of sports... )

*Snoozer: A boy who likes to sleep. His parents buy rice crunchies for breakfast, and the "pop snap crackle" startles Snoozer awake at the table. The next morning, the folks are distressed to learn that he's swapped the box with "Silent Crunchies" that make no such sounds.

Feral Dog Roll Call )

Not quite as scary as St. Trinian's, but then who is? )

*Wacky the Crackpot Inventor: Exactly what it says on the tin. Mum's got a nasty cold, so Wacky invents a housework robot. Hilarity ensues, and at the end Wacky decides it would be easier to invent a cure for the common cold.

*Cannonball Kid: He's football crazy. (Soccer, to Americans.) Cannonball learns that there's a scout in the audience for his game, and figures that he should try to impress this visitor in order to be called up to the big leagues. In reality, it's a Boy Scout, and Cannonball finds himself being hauled off to the scrapyard with a bucket on his head.

and finally
*Cuddles, an annoying toddler. He and long-suffering Dad visit the zoo. Hilarity ensues.


Your thoughts and/or comments? Happy decade, Scans Daily!
SKJAM!
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Preliminary note: yes, I'm aware of slang uses of words relating to "bunty". "Bunting", for example, is what one displays to honour the Queen. ;-)

Mighty Mo wears a dress. )

Advert for Bimbo children's weekly, with a free gift including 7 gay pictures, from Bunty, 1965.

Advert for Bimbo children's weekly, from Bunty, 1965
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Following on from[personal profile] skjam's nostalgia laced post, I went digging around and found a copy of the Topper Annual 1971. Within this hardbound volume were many stories featuring characters from the weekly comics. And in particular, an eight page story featuring

The Krak-tastic Whizzers from Ozz )

tags: medium: british comics, publisher: dc thomson, title: the topper, creator: paddy brennan
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As I mentioned in my previous post, I have now acquired my own scanner, so I may be putting things up more often.

It so happens that I have three issues of "The Topper", June 18, July 2 and July 16 1983. At 7 scans from the 23 story pages in each issue, that's almost an entire issue I can show you.

Since it turns out people don't actually read the carefully crafted cutline jokes, I'll just say Read more. )

Your thoughts and comments? In particular, if you had the opportunity to bring one of these features back in the modern day, which one would you choose?

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For my first post of the new year, we feature another classic long-running British gag comic, the Dandy. This is issue #2171 from 7/2/83. (Six pages of nineteen, with the other features described.)


Cosplay cat )

*The Smasher: A young fellow who enjoys breaking things. He's just seen an old-fashioned Western movie, and decides to play "Indian" with a rubber tomahawk and feather headdress. He "scalps" a storekeeper's dummy, then ambushes a "wagon train", making the downhill racer wagons crash. Finally, he chases some "buffalo" (cows), but is caught by the farmer, who canes the little rascal. Just like in the movies, the "cowboy" always wins.

*Harry and his Hippo: Exactly what it says on the tin. They decide to sign up for a "talented pet" competition, though Hippo won't tell Harry what talent it intends to display. After a couple of amusing scenes with other pets, it is revealed that Hippo is not half bad at stage magic.

*Brassneck: A boy's mechanical companion. There's new glassware in the house, and Brassneck is sent outside to prevent him breaking it. Too bad young Charley didn't count on his father dusting outside. Brassneck starts sneezing, and every time he does, his metal nose extends, smacking a fish tank, Charley or other inconvenient targets. Finally, Charley manages to get the dust cleared out of Brassneck, only to be blindsided by a trombone.

No indoor voice plus hilarious comic book equals? )

*The Burrd: Hideous avian of indeterminate species. It's learned to push buttons, much to the annoyance of its owner. After it causes several troublesome moments, the burrd foils a robbery with its button-pressing skills, earning a reward.

*Izzy Skint: A perpetually-broke young fellow. It is an unusually hot summer (and 1983 was a scorcher in England, I attest) which gives Izzy the idea to sell lemonade. It doesn't work out.

*Tom Tum: Little man with a big appetite. He's invited to play footer with the lads, but is looking for some way to get grub instead. A woman asks Tom to bring a large lunch-box to her husband. Tom tries to break into the box to filch some of the food, but is unable. At the construction site, the contents turn out to be a football strip, and Tom is "invited" to participate in their afternoon game.

*Desperate Dan: A tall-tale Western character, ala Pecos Bill or Mike Finn. He lives in Cactusville, which is kind of a cross between the Wild West and suburban England, with his frail Aunt Aggie. In this strip, he performs various acts of awesome power, to which Aggie responds with, "there's only one Dan!" But then there's voices from outside claiming to see more than one Desperate Dan. Turns out they're talking about the t-shirts the magazine is giving away. How amazing is Dan? This is a man who regularly eats cow-pies and asks for more.

Regional stereotypes battle it out. )

*The Tricks of Screwy Driver: A young handyman. Dad wants to get into the garden shed, but the door is stuck. Screwy tries to help, but Dad keeps injuring himself instead. Eventually, it's learned that Dad wanted to get out the fitness equipment.

Schoolboy stories, of the sort that inspired Harry Potter. )

*Desperate Dawg: funny-animal Western. Dawg and the sheriff spruce up the town hall in preparation for a visit from the state governor. Sadly, Dawg accidentally bashes the governor up a bit.

*Dinah Mo: An extremely aggressive girl who appears to be the illegitimate offspring of Popeye. She's looking forward to Inter-School Sports Day, and helping her school win. Sadly, she's deemed too rough for contact sports. After successfully injuring her opponents in three non-contact sports, Dinah is finally allowed to participate in a contact sport...the three-legged race, where she's paired up with Big Bertha. Bertha looks pleased by this, Dinah does not.

*Bully Beef and Chips: Over-muscled young fellow, and his favorite victim. A couple of the neighbor girls have dressed up as gypsies, and offer to tell Chips' fortune. Beef sees this happening, and steps in to make his own predictions while roughing up poor Chips. He even follows the victim home to witness Chips' mother scolding him for getting so dirty. Later, Beef spots Chips getting his fortune told again, from a "gypsy" with its back turned. Beef dumps a sack of soot on the pair. At this point, we discover that the "gypsy" is a genuine adult male Roma (very very stereotypical looking) who proceeds to give the boy a thorough walloping.

I have to admit, that if you like that sort of thing, Beef really fills out his spandex shorts well. You could bounce quarters off that butt.


More British comics in the weeks to come, but first, how about some doctor comics? You all like doctor comics, right?

Your thoughts, comments?

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Happy New Year's Eve (or Day, if it's already passed in your area)!

Tonight's offering is another British gag weekly, The Beezer #1433 from 7/2/83. 7 pages of 23, and the missing items described.

Does anyone read my lj cut jokes? )

*The Numskulls: Middle-aged man has a bunch of little men living in his head that direct his actions. Auntie wants a bookshelf put up. The host body is about to call a joiner to have it done professionally when Brainy has a "better" idea. Do it yourself! The other little men are not well pleased, but when they go to complain about the noise and sawdust, Brainy has gone off and hidden in the big toe. Blinky, head of the eye department makes the host body's eyes cross, causing him to hit his thumb with a hammer. The hammer then drops on the big toe. Auntie calls a joiner, and all the other Numskulls have a good laugh at Brainy's injuries.

*Saucy Sue: A girl who'd rather watch television than work. Today, Dad wants her to dig a trench along the fence so he can plant a hedge. Sue's not happy about having to sweat while Dad takes a nap in preparation for his own part of the job. Her fake injury dodge fails to work, but then Sue spots the butcher's van. She buys some beef bones and sticks them in the ground along the fence. Sue then lets the neighborhood dogs in to dig while she heads indoors to watch telly. A few minutes later, the fence falls over, and Dad thinks that Sue's been trapped underneath. When he lifts the fence, though, he's mobbed by dogs and falls in the trench. He's understandably miffed at Sue.

*Baby Crockett: Put-upon toddler. He isn't allowed to play with the gang, so returns to his own yard. Mum spots her little darling sitting in the sun without a hat, and decides it's time to buy him a head covering. At the hat store, all the baby hats are far too soppy for our young fellow, but the men's hats are all too big. Then Crockett spots the exact right hat in a second-hand shop. Mum isn't quite convinced, but buys it anyway. It's a Mountie-style hat, which allows him to play Cowboys with his buddies.

The British have a fine tradition of mocking military officers )

*Hugh's Zoo: A young man with an entire pack of exotic talking animals. Hugh wants to take a nap on his air mattress in his favorite shady spot. Too bad the animals are already there! Hugh lures them off by ringing the dinner gong. Eventually, the tiger, who is able to tell time, realizes that it's too early for dinner. Angered, the animals conspire to remove Hugh from the shady spot. The hippo climbs into a nearby tree, and leaps on to the air mattress, narrowly missing Hugh. Hugh thinks their plan has failed when the hippo bounces, but he was just gaining altitude to land on a seesaw set up by the monkeys, on the other end of which is the porcupine. One exploded air mattress later, Hugh is dispossessed.

*Hungry Hoss: An inept outlaw's steed. While Joe (the outlaw) is in the bank making a "withdrawal", Hoss overhears a clearly more-evil outlaw (he wears black) plotting to steal the money from Joe once the other outlaw has done the hard part. Hoss tricks Silver (the other outlaw's horse) into a locked stable, then takes his place. Blackie snatches the loot from Joe, jumps on Hoss, and discovers his mistake too late. Hoss bucks the interloper into a crowd. Joe retrieves a bag, and the pair take off. Turns out Joe got a lunchbag by mistake, but Hoss prefers this resolution.

*Young Sid: A copper's kid. Sid is trying to relax with his favorite pop music, but his father is practicing for the police band. When Sid closes the window to the box room, it turns out that Dad is playing the trombone, and needs the space. A bit later, a baker's delivery man arrives with a cream cake for Sid's mother. Sid sends him by way of the box room, and hilarity ensues. Sid is laughing it up, but then Dad lashes his arms with a garden hose and beats Sid like a drum. (That is, with drumsticks.)

Let's make fun of the sight-challenged! That's always jolly good sport. )

*Tommy's Toybox: Tommy has an alien toybox that he can build new toys from. In this case, his teddy bear gets into an altercation with some real bears at the zoo.

*Plug: A fantastically ugly member of the Bash Street Kids. He tries to build up some muscles, but weightlifting turns out not to be his forte.

*The Munchers: a family of rabbits. They wish to steal the farmer's carrots but are foiled by the farm dog until they turn the farmer against the dog.

*Smiffy: A lower-class, not too bright boy. He attempts to give the neighbor's dog a bath. It doesn't go well.

*The Banana Bunch: A gang of boys, each with one defining trait. Cookie's soup is awful, so he's threatened with expulsion. He follows the recipe, tasting the results at each step. At the end, his soup is delicious, but with all that tasting, there's none left for the rest of the gang.

*The Badd Lads: A gang of inept crooks. Fingers and Knuck are casing a farmhouse when they spot the farmer counting his pound coins. (Back in 1983, pound coins were brand new, and something of a novelty. Wags called them "Maggies", because they were thick, brassy and "think they're sovereigns.") They clumsily drop the window on their fingers, and make up a story about needing to buy eggs. When Fingers and Knuck report back to Boss, he berates them for their use of "cock and bull stories." Boss slips out at half-past-dark the next morning to steal the coins. He manages to get them, but a series of events involving a rooster and a male bovine quickly strip him of the loot. Boss slips back into the hideout before the others awake, planning not to tell his own cock and bull story.

And now for some good clean viol--er, fun! )

*Pop, Dick and Harry: A father and his twin boys. Mum's off to Aunt Mabel's and wants the lads to do the dishes while she's away. Pop delegates to the twins. The boys come up with various difficulties that Pop fixes, until finally they manage to get him to smash up the dinnerware...just as Mum returns.

Let's wrap up with a beach episode and cute girls in swimsuits. )

Your thoughts and comments? Plans for the New Year?

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skjam posted scans from an issue of the Beano from 1983, and for comparison here's the same strips from an issue from earlier this year

here's the earlier post - http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1395371.html

Read more... )
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Hi! Hope you've all enjoyed your holiday dinners and gotten at least some comfort from the day.

Tonight we'll have something to help your digestion, Beano! The Beano is arguably Britain's greatest weekly humor comic, having run for decades, and unlike many of the British comics I've been presenting, is still being published.

As before, I'll describe the strips you're not going to be seeing, as I'm only going to post six of nineteen story pages from issue 2137, July 2nd 1983.

We start with Dennis the Menace. No, the other one. )

*"Baby-Face" Finlayson: An underage bandit. In this strip, he attempts to steal strawberries, only to be foiled by first birds, then the strawberry patch owner with an anti-bird net. "Baby-Face"'s father is named "Daddy-Face", by the by.

Throw the book at him! )

*Minnie the Minx: A very naughty girl. In this strip, she tries taking up busking. Her complete lack of musical talent is only one of the problems with this idea.

Things you did not know about the Hornblower family )

*Ball Boy: A soccer strip. Ball Boy's good at the overhead kick, but awful boastful about it, so the other lads find it amusing when he literally puts his foot in his mouth.

*The Nibblers: A family of mice. Their raid on a cat-guarded tin of biscuits is foiled by a budgie. Their attempts to get rid of the budgie fail, but accidentally get the cat mad at the bird, and the budgie switches allegiance.

*The Bash Street Kids: An unruly bunch of schoolchildren and their long-suffering teacher, Mr. Teacher. The class is invited to visit Farmer Payne's farm. Teacher reminds them of the Country Code, but their antics wind up causing Teacher to violate all the rules.

*Gnasher's Tale: Dennis' dog has a feud with a cat that yowls at night.

The Sacred Cow has spoken. It is time for...the Ritual. )

*Smudge: A boy who enjoys getting dirty. His mother gives him a tin whistle in hopes that playing it will be good clean fun. Smudge finds a way to avoid the "clean" part.

*Grandpa: A senior citizen who lives with his father. Pops falls asleep, so Grandpa thinks he can run wild in the house. But he didn't reckon on the mice in his father's beard.

*Pup Parade: A group of dogs, each with their one particular personality trait. Wiggy boasts of his white coat, so Bones and Sniffy attempt to dirty him. At the end, they all wind up having to take a bath.

*Biffo the Bear: Talking bear, whose antiquated character design suggest he's been running since the very first Beanos. He doesn't actually talk for most of this installment, searching his house. Turns out he'd lost his voice.

And now for a crossover! )

*The 3 Bears: A very hungry family of bears. This time, they attempt to make cash for food by giving tours of their "old relics." Sadly, the things they picked up at the Greizzly Gulch Dump aren't the sort of relics people are interested in seeing. And "borrowing" relics from Hank the Storekeeper turns out painful. So they're through with old relics...except Granny Bear, who always brings plenty of grub when she visits. Amusingly in retrospective, one of the items in her basket is "American Pie", emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes, no less. Just don't ask her what the secret ingredient is.


Could I prevail on one of our UK correspondents to pick up a current Beano and scan some pages for comparison?


Your thoughts and comments, everyone?
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Okay, so what if you're posting from a gag comic where all or most of the stories are 1 or 2 pages long?

Simple answer: Stick to "1/3 of an issue" and not give the moderators migraines. So, 7 1/2 pages of 23 from Nutty #178, July 9th 1983.

Why yes, that is a banana in my pocket. )

I'll be describing the features you're missing, starting with:

*Jay R. Hood: You may remember from the Roy Race post a bit back that "Dallas" was huge in Britain back in the day. This included several comics characters clearly inspired by scheming villain J.R. Ewing. To be honest, this one's a fairly standard rowdy boy, who happens to wear a cowboy hat. He and his gang run the local constables ragged, until the police captain decides to get them toughening-up lessons...from Jay R.

*Peter Pest: Standard annoying kid brother. His teenage sister and her beau attempt to hide their date from the boy, which actually gets them in more hassle than if they'd just admitted the truth in the first place.

Class warfare--a long-honoured British tradition. )

*Nip and Rrip": A boy and his cat, and yes, I've spelled its name correctly. Broke and desiring ice cream, the pair dig up the garden (what us Yanks call a "yard") in search of buried treasure. They find none, but Dad gives them money to stop digging.

*Snoopy: A reporter dog, no relation to the more famous American Snoopy. In this issue, the boss orders Snoopy to replace the carpet as it's getting worn through. Hilarity ensues.

*Tweet William: A daft youngster. After ruining his shoes, he goes shopping for a new pair. His insane prattle drives the shopkeep to distraction.

*Super Gnat: A powerful but small insect. Super Gnat is observing a yacht race when he observes some poor sportmen swamping a smaller competitor's boat. One burst of superbreath later, the underdog has won not only that race, but a nearby beach sailing contest as well.

*Sports Fan: A very athletic girl. She's performing some fancy dives...and some fancy leaping back up to the board. It turns out there's a trampoline instead of water in the pool.

Speaking of sports... )

*Snoozer: A boy who likes to sleep. His parents buy rice crunchies for breakfast, and the "pop snap crackle" startles Snoozer awake at the table. The next morning, the folks are distressed to learn that he's swapped the box with "Silent Crunchies" that make no such sounds.

Feral Dog Roll Call )

Not quite as scary as St. Trinian's, but then who is? )

*Wacky the Crackpot Inventor: Exactly what it says on the tin. Mum's got a nasty cold, so Wacky invents a housework robot. Hilarity ensues, and at the end Wacky decides it would be easier to invent a cure for the common cold.

*Cannonball Kid: He's football crazy. (Soccer, to Americans.) Cannonball learns that there's a scout in the audience for his game, and figures that he should try to impress this visitor in order to be called up to the big leagues. In reality, it's a Boy Scout, and Cannonball finds himself being hauled off to the scrapyard with a bucket on his head.

and finally
*Cuddles, an annoying toddler. He and long-suffering Dad visit the zoo. Hilarity ensues.


Your thoughts and/or comments? Looking forward to more?

Next time: Japanese manga that isn't porn...but may be horrifying.
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It occurs to me that over the past few years I've posted from American comics, French bande dessinée, Japanese manga and an English comic, but I've never actually posted a Scottish comic... As a proud Scot myself, this needs to be rectified!

But what to showcase? What epitomises a Scottish cartoon strip? Well, luckily a random visit to the clearance section of a local bookshop provided what I needed, a collection "Oor Wullie" strips.

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