Nostalgic notions, sentimental sighings, wistful wonderings, rueful reflections, poignant ponderings & yearnings for yesteryear! (With a few profound perplexities & puzzling paradoxes thrown in as well.)
Monday, 15 August 2011
LEO'S LAST STAND...
The 1st issue of Shiver & Shake
MONSTER FUN COMIC was released on June 7th, 1975
(dated the 14th) and heralded the start of legendary creator LEO BAXENDALE's swan-song in British comics, with his
series of BADTIME BEDTIME STORYBOOKS being
given the entire centrespread of the weekly comic. (Other
artists also contributed from time to time.) After this, he
would go on to create his 3 volume WILLY THE KID run
before fading from high-profile comics consciousness - his
madcap, anarchic drawing style being kept alive by the likes
of artists TOM PATERSON and Leo's son MARTIN.
FRANKIE STEIN, who'd first appeared back in 1964 in WHAM! illustrated by the magnificent KEN REID, before
re-appearing n 1973 in SHIVER & SHAKE drawn by the
amazingly prolific ROBERT NIXON (and then-currently
published in WHOOPEE) was the figurehead editor, an
obvious choice given the comic's 'comedy-horror' theme.
Sadly, the comic only lasted for 72 issues before being merged
with BUSTER in October, 1976. By that time, however, Leo's Willy
The Kid was about to explode onto an unsuspecting British public.
Here, then, is the first of Leo's last weekly comics output - enjoy.
And be sure to visit his website by clicking on the link in the right-
hand side (from your point of view) column.