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On this day, 21 January 1978: Whoopee!

On this day, 21 January 1978: Whoopee!

  Sweeny Toddler: Tom Paterson (artist)

Sweeny Toddler: Tom Paterson (artist)

On this day, 21 January 1978 … Whoopee! circa 1978 is the one that got away for me. I was reading Cheeky and Whizzer and Chips at this time – both great comics but I wish I’d known then what a great read could be found in Whoopee! There’s just something a little bit off-the-leash about the likes of Sweeny Toddler, Frankie Stein, Scared-stiff Sam, Bumpkin Billionaires, Smiler and Supermum – a craziness in either the storytelling or the artwork that has me chuckling even as I read them today. With an added dash of comic gothic horror in Ken Reid’s weekly World-wide Weirdies, the scans below are examples of a true seventies gem.

  Supermum: Dicky Howett (artist)

Supermum: Dicky Howett (artist)

  Frankie Stein: Robert Nixon (artist)

Frankie Stein: Robert Nixon (artist)

  Frankie Stein: Robert Nixon (artist)

Frankie Stein: Robert Nixon (artist)

  Scared-stiff Sam: Mike Lacey (artist)

Scared-stiff Sam: Mike Lacey (artist)

  Scared-stiff Sam: Mike Lacey (artist)

Scared-stiff Sam: Mike Lacey (artist)

  World-wide Weirdies: Ken Reid (artist)

World-wide Weirdies: Ken Reid (artist)

  Toy Boy: Mike Lacey (artist)

Toy Boy: Mike Lacey (artist)

  Smiler: Nick Baker (artist)

Smiler: Nick Baker (artist)

  Bumpkin Billionaires: Mike Lacey (artist)

Bumpkin Billionaires: Mike Lacey (artist)

  ‘Orrible Hole: Reg Parlett (artist)

‘Orrible Hole: Reg Parlett (artist)

  The Spooktacular 7: Brian Walker (artist)

The Spooktacular 7: Brian Walker (artist)

  Dads as Lads: Bill Mevin (artist)

Dads as Lads: Bill Mevin (artist)

  Willy Worry: Terry Bave (artist)

Willy Worry: Terry Bave (artist)

  Lolly Pop: Sid Burgon (artist)

Lolly Pop: Sid Burgon (artist)

  Kids’ Court: Mike Lacey (artist)

Kids’ Court: Mike Lacey (artist)

  Sweeny Toddler: Tom Paterson (artist)

Sweeny Toddler: Tom Paterson (artist)

Story File: Old Boy

Story File: Old Boy

On this day, 20 January 1973: Scorcher and Score

On this day, 20 January 1973: Scorcher and Score