Whoopee and Wow 499

Last year I mentioned a couple of Guy Fawkes masks given away free in various UK comics in the 1960s and 1970s. To “celebrate” reaching issue No 500 in November 1983 “Whoopee and Wow” gave away another “free” Guy Fawkes mask. Actually, calling it a “free gift” was rather stretching your incredulity as there was no cute cardboard face pushed loosely within the pages. They just printed a larger-than-life odd image across the centre pages of the comic. The reader then had to do all the hard work. As well as defacing their comic by removing the page and spoiling the two strips on the other side the reader was expected to cut out the face, and stick it to a piece of cardboard etc etc.

Whoopee and Wow 500

Whoopee Guy Fawkes

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