Monday, December 21, 2015

Ken Reid's Christmas Crackers

You've seen some of these pages before on this blog over the years but others will be new to you. I thought I'd collate some of the Christmas strips that Ken Reid did over a ten year period from 1964 to 1973. Some of the funniest pages in British comics. Click on the pages to see them full size.

...starting off with Frankie Stein's first Christmas from Wham! in 1964...



Frankie again, from Wham! in 1965. (Thanks to Phil for the scan of this one.)


The seasonal strip from the 1966 Christmas issue of Wham! 


Dare-A-Day-Davy's one and only Christmas strip from the back page of Pow! in 1967...


The Nervs from the festive issue of Smash! in 1968...



Football Forum from Scorcher, Christmas 1970...


Hugh Fowler from the Christmas issue of Scorcher in 1971...


Harry Hammertoe, The Soccer Spook, from Scorcher, 23rd December 1972. (A strip Ken took over from Reg Parlett, hence Reg's artwork in the title box)...


...and finally, Jimmy Jinks, from the 1973 Christmas issue of Scorcher...


In my next festive post, we plunge back even further in time for something a bit different! Find out where we land tomorrow!

3 comments:

Manic Man said...

always interesting that while I know more the American 'Santa Claus' seams to have become more common in the UK, replacing the UK 'Father Christmas', Santa Claus has been used in the UK for a long time as in the 60s, we see it was common enough that kids knew it.

Other then that.. What can you say about Ken Reids work apart from 'when's a large collection of his work being printed ^_^'. One of the greats of the UK comics scene.

Jenni said...

Great stuff Lew! That Ken Reid, astounding stuff... mind you the inclusion of an atomic explosion as a plot point was going further than I'd have expected!

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, that was unexpected. :)

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