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As mentioned on another thread. Share your memories and everything about this fine IPC comic.

I seem to recall that Marc "Lard" Riley was involved with this somehow. He drew a few strips for it, I think. Also Frank Sidebottom AKA Chris Seivey, who did some one pagers for it. Charlie Brooker (him from TV Go Home and upcoming Chris Morris C4 collaboration "Box Of Slice") also contributed, and was only 16 or something at the time!

Favourite bits, badly remembered:

The comic collecting parody article with a great EC Comic (IIRC) horror spoof; the piggy superheroes who fought an evil butcher who got eaten by mutant plants and returned in plant form (with a bunch of plant people from below the surface of the earth who had learnt about the outside world from watching Spitting Image and the Kenny Everett Television Show); when the super-ugly headed guy (can't remember the character's name) turned into a vampire, and later on got accepted into a football team in a spoof of Roy Of The Rovers.

Anyone else?

Chriddof (Chriddof), Saturday, 9 October 2004 10:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There was a great alien who I think was called Burp. He had some talking brown slime in a jar which was called The Thing Form Uranus.

Wooden (Wooden), Saturday, 9 October 2004 13:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Burp! I remember a great strip where he explained how he dealt with "tired eyes" - he popped them out of their sockets, and put them in a machine which scrubbed all the accumulated residual images off them. Then it injected them (in liquid form) into a little alien creature that was blind, and this was the only way it could see. Final panel: "Oh God... he's been spending a whole month just looking at his big toe... and doing the Sun crossword! Garrragggh...."

Chriddof (Chriddof), Saturday, 9 October 2004 14:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What was the free gift with the first issue? I seem to remember a flexi-disc or something, but could be imagining it....?

David N (David N.), Saturday, 9 October 2004 23:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think it was a flexi disc by Uncle Pig or something - but it was really by Marc Riley from The Fall/Mark & Lard. Wish I still had it in my pile of flexis, I mean, I've still got Bernard Cribbins talks about Hornby Trains...

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Sunday, 10 October 2004 11:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There were two songs on the flexi. One by The Plops, one by Uncle Pig. I remember some of the words.

"
Mum's cooking drives me looney,
My sister is a witch
My little brother tells tales on me
And my father's far from rich
There's only one thing in this world that helps me get along
It's when I think of Uncle Pigg and do the oink-oink song,

I just go
poo poo tinkle tinkle parp parp oink
until I dont feel sad
poo poo tinkle tinkle parp parp oink
and things don't seem so bad."

Phew, that took a lot of memory power.

The flexi was on Marc Riley's IN-TAPE record label, I recall.

For some reason the song remains fresher in my memory than the comic, however, other characters I remember were the one about the satanic toaster (purchased from a shopkeeper called Natas Speltbackwards), Pete's Pimple, Ed Banger (drawn by Riley), plus many strips by Tony Husband.

I still have a few unstuck stickers which came in a later issue. Like a lot of great, funny comics, it got a bit crap later on but the first year or so was spectacular. I think I got into it because I was a big fan of Marc Riley and the Creepers. In about 1986 I met Marc Riley backstage at a Creepers gig and he drew a little cartoon for me. I was thrilled at the time.

everything, Tuesday, 12 October 2004 21:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Oink! flexi was reissued as a proper, hard, on-sale-in-shops 7" EP/single sort of thing. I must have a root around and see if I can find my copy

David Simpson (David Simpson), Wednesday, 13 October 2004 06:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I seem to remember somebody called Horace with a radioactive mutated head, and some existential detective, whose 6-part story ended up with him being turned into sausages by the Butcher -- v. disturbing.

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Wednesday, 13 October 2004 17:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And of course Tom Thug -- although my memory has conflated him with the skinhead from Pete Milligan's Skin

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Wednesday, 13 October 2004 17:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There was a (very affectionate)parody of Dan Dare (called Ham Dare, I think) by somebody called J P Dogg, which ranks with the Morrison/Hughes Dare graphic novel as one of the few successful post-Hampson takes on the character.

David Simpson (David Simpson), Thursday, 14 October 2004 10:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

There's a blog about Oink (!) running - it's just reached the final issues: http://the-oink-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

Some great stuff there, if you're in the admittedly niche interest group. I definitely don't remember this Dave Gibbons strip:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3wBE6sd4fGo/VNKE5xD2-oI/AAAAAAAACxU/GE9uCXstXyA/s1600/Strip49-3.jpg

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 25 May 2015 12:06 (three years ago) Permalink

And, niche of a niche of a niche, here's the amazing Van Hellsong stories (which I can still remember frame by frame 30 years on): http://we.tl/EJ9m76P1nu

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 25 May 2015 12:31 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Never thought I'd see a thread on ilx about this comic. I was obsessed with this thing back in the day. My bedroom adhorned every single pin up that they featured in the centre pages.

Will have to spend some time on that blog

PressAnarchyToContinue (Ste), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 20:41 (one year ago) Permalink

I might have bought all the back issues on Ebay for £30.

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 4 March 2017 18:41 (one year ago) Permalink


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