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Hi and welcome to my blog about comics from other people’s childhood! It is dedicated primarily to British humour comics of the 60s and 70s. The reason they are not from my childhood is simply because I didn’t live in the UK back then (nor do I live there now). I knew next to nothing about them until fairly recently but since then I’ve developed a strong liking for the medium and amassed a large collection, including a number of complete or near complete sets. My intention is to use this blog as a channel for sharing my humble knowledge about different titles, favourite characters and creators as I slowly research my collection.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

BIOLOGICAL BLUNDERS SERIES BY KEN REID



  

When Ken Reid lost all his work for Odhams in 1969 and his regular income plummeted, he started looking for new channels to sell his talent.

Ken developed a feature “Extinct Animals” (or “Biological Blunders on the Part of Dame Nature”) that he thought might be of interest to “Mad USA”. He prepared a batch of well-executed colour and b/w drawings with photo tints and type-written captions on front and back and posted them to America. Sadly, “Mad USA” returned Ken’s drawings with a letter saying it was not the type of work they required.

In the series Ken came up with some crazy creatures and even crazier legends of their extinction. Ken’s mad menagerie included Gluttonus Explodum – the two-inch whale with a stomach capacity of 4 drams that blast itself to obscurity as a species through swallowing too much of plankton; Stiltus Loftus – a wader bird that fed on algae and could neither fly nor swim, and became extinct because it developed enormously long legs and could no longer reach its food when water level receded; Jumbosis Minutus – a pygmy mammoth that snuffed it because its oversized curved tusks developed into a wheel causing it to plummet off the mountain; Clunkerdonkus Extermini – a species that solved the problem of over-population by clobbering each other to death, and a few more exotic birds, mammals and fish such as Hornoshnozaurus, Duddus Spondukliz, Wartus Probosics Amora (a.k.a. Warty-Nosed Kassanova), Soarus Magnificus Rex, Twittus Proboscis and Gulpus Introvertus

Ken must have really liked his idea of Soarus Magnificus Rex because he drew as many as three versions of the mad birdie… The one below is a bit text-heavy. I will show the other two in my next post.

 




5 comments:

  1. Fascinating stuff, Irmy - and glad to see you haven't abandoned the blog as I'd feared. I take it you showing this material means that the planned book is most definitely dead?

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    1. There are loads of fascinating stuff in Ken's family archive. It looks like the plan to publish the bio is definitely dead, at least in the framework of the project that I was a part of. I have invested a lot of my time and effort into it, not to mention the money that I spent to travel to the UK to visit Ken's son together with the person who was the initiator of the project in the first place but has now vanished (I hope he is well)... I could publish my part of Ken's bio that I have researched and written in some online format but it would be incomplete because I have only covered Ken's life since after he left DCT. So I will probably do a blogpost here once in a while instead :)

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  2. Amazing to see...
    All new to me..
    Thanks for doing the blog post...advertised it on my facebook comic fansite..

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  3. Incredible Ken, very dark and ominous art, but first class all the same, I really enjoyed this!

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  4. Never knew this Ken battled with his mental health and mad magazine rejection must have been a blow !

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