Guy Fawkes Mask

Nov 1, 2014

Standing in a shop looking at the plethora of Halloween masks for sale I recalled a time when such a choice was unheard of. Still, we didn’t do Halloween in 1965. Bonfire night was the big thing. There were at least two different Guy Fawkes masks given away in British Fleetway/IPC comics in the 1960s. The first one I was aware of came free in a the 30th October 1965 issue of “Buster” comic. Here is the only image I can find of that 1965 mask. I’m still convinced that I have saved my own mask somewhere within Magic Robot Towers and it will no doubt surface one day as I continue my box reduction programme.

Guy Fawkes Mask


Buster 30th October 1965



The next Guy Fawkes mask I owned was free inside the third issue of “Whizzer and Chips” comic in November 1969. It wasn’t a copy of the 1965 face but was completely re-drawn, and whilst it was still similar the hat now sported a large buckle.

Guy Fawkes


Whizzer and Chips 3 ad

PS: Way back in the dim and distant past (4th November 2010 actually) I wrote the following:-

“I’ve no idea if Guy Fawkes actually looked anything like that. I think I may have mentioned before (and perhaps I’m stating the obvious and it is common knowledge ??) that I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the 1965 Buster Guy Fawkes mask wasn’t the inspiration for the early 1980s Lloyd/Moore “V for Vendetta” strip.”

And as any fule kno it was the “V for Vendetta” Strip/Film that was the inspiration for the “Occupy” masks.

Occupy Guy Fawkes mask

PPS: And I’ve just remembered this. Available in a variety of colours and made in that odd composite material that they used to make egg boxes with. When I was a child in the 1960s no respectable Guy Fawkes effigy was burnt at the top of the bonfire without wearing one of these purchased from the local newsagents along with your Standard fireworks. Penny for the Guy?


PPPS: And there was this mask on the back cover of “Krazy” comic, but you would have needed to cut it out and stick it to some cardboard to make it work….

Krazy comic 20 back cover

Then and Now

Nov 1, 2014




Nov 1, 2014


The author/philosopher Albert Camus (7/11/1913 – 04/01/1960) came out with more (mostly pessimistic) odd sayings than you could shake a stick at.

“Should I kill myself or should I have a cup of coffee?”

Live to the point of tears.”

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

“Do not wait for the last judgement. It comes every day.”

“I rebel, therefore I exist.”

“The sky will last longer than I.”

“The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not.”

Nuff Said 48

Nov 1, 2014


Not dead yet

Nov 1, 2014

RIP Alvin Stardust, Jack Bruce and Tim Hauser have recently left us but it is surprising how many popstars are still alive. There aren’t many Stooges left but Iggy is still here, with his own radio show even. Elvis may have left the building but Little Richard and Chuck Berry are still Around & Around. Surprisingly, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards and Shane MacGowan too.