Monday, 15 July 2013

Low cost school trip, Ramraid Oxfam, "Christ that sun's hot", Yes that's right sir

I'll admit - it's been too bloody hot to be sitting in scanning comics and then writing about them. And somehow I've got a more active social life than I did this time last year, so that's why there's been nothing here for the past five weeks. I am (slowly) working on a "thing" about Zit, one of the more successful (as in, long-running) Viz clones, but I couldn't let this week pass un-noted, oh no. It's been 368 days since I started this blog thing, and in that time it's gotten thirty-four more "followers" than I was expecting, and around 28,000 more "views" than I was expecting, so thanks a lot to everyone, even if you've just stumbled across here whilst looking for something else.

If we all went to the same pubs, I'd happily get a round in, happily!

Meanwhile, just to tide things over (a weird bit of news last week led a handful of people into believing I had died), here's the Beano from the week I was born, in its entirity. Once the rain makes a return, I'll get back to "archiving" all those smutty comics.























Well hey look at that - not a single advert in the whole thing!

14 comments:

  1. Sweet! That was my favourite era of The Beano, I still have tonnes of comics and annuals and stuff at the back my wardrobe at my parents house :P

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  2. Well, now, I see two adverts - in house, but they're still adverts! However, the Bash Street Kids is a reprint from the late 60s or 70s. Art style is different, but the real giveaway is the white on black captions plus the fact that by the 80s only Dennis's strip did not have letraset speech balloons.

    Also notable for Rasher and Gnasher's Tale both drawn by Steve Bright, and Little Plum drawn by Mervyn Johnston.

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    1. BSK can't be from before 1971, the Beano that Headmaster is reading should say Beano instead of BEANO if so.

      Looks like one advert took a quarter of Snooty's page away, and the other one pre-empted Biffo.

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    2. In-house adverts don't count ;)

      Cheers for the Bright/Johnston info, I'll amend those labels once Blogger stops playing up.

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    3. James, don't rule out a spot of process white to get rid of the original logo and a spot of red ink to put one in the right colour!

      Another possibility is that like many artists, Dave may not necessarily have put in the "proper" impression of a logo, as I saw many times in the 70s and 80s - if someone was reading a comic the title was more often than not the artist's normal hand lettering style in block capitals.

      That said, I still have no idea when the strip was first printed, and it could very easily have been post 1971!

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  3. I think, secretly, EVERYONE would agree that this is the golden age of the Beano.

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    1. I'll make no secrets of it - 1983-1992, that's prime Beano stuff there.

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  4. 1985? Why, you're just a mere babby!

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    1. Ho ho! Nice to hear when I'm pushing 30.

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  5. Hi TwoHeadedThingies,
    You might not remember but I commented quite a long while ago about some VHS tapes you had with CITV stuff on. You said you were gonna buy a USB transfer thing.

    Have you had any luck?
    Thanks
    Ben :)

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    1. Hi Ben,

      Yep, I remember, way back in November wasn't it? This year's going so quick I still haven't got around to it - and I really SHOULD, because there's a few tapes I've picked up along the way that really ought to be on YouTube in some form. I've got a week off work from Thursday, so I'll TRY and remember to source one then!

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  6. My favourite era of the Beano too. I was 14 when this one came out. I still miss comics being printed on newsprintsadly I binned (yes, binned!) my collection of many hundreds of comics from the mid-70's to the mid 80's many years ago when I 'grew out of them'. How I regret not hanging on to at least a few of them!

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  7. Help me Mrs Medlicott, I don't know what to do,
    I've only got three bullets and there's four of Motley Crue.

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    1. The inside of a Halex Three-Star table-tennis ball,
      Smells exactly as you'd expect it to.

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