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Friday, 19 May 2017
TIME FOR ANOTHER 'TEENAGE TALES': HE SHOOK WHILE I SHIVERED...
It was Saturday, March 10th 1973, and me and a
pal, Adam Cowie, were in the Old Village quarter
of our town. Earlier that morn, I'd bought the 2nd ish of
SHIVER & SHAKE, and was much taken with the free
Spooky Screamer included inside it. So was Adam.
(Regular readers will know him as 'Billy Liar'.)
We went into a little newsagent's shop, called M.B.
BARR, and I bought some sweets at the main counter,
while Adam looked over the comics on another. As I was
making my purchase, there was a sudden tearing sound,
which attracted not only my attention, but that of the two
elderly female shopkeepers. Inwardly, my heart sank,
because I'd guessed what had just happened.
My friendwas somehow able to explain away the
sound and the two shopkeepers couldn't notice any-
thing obviously amiss, so I completed my purchase and
we left the shop. As I suspected, Adam had torn the free
Screamer from the interiors of S&S #2 on the counter -
not something I was pleased about, but there was noth-
ing I could do. At least he hadn't nicked the actual
comic, which was some consolation to me.
We then went into a centuries old church grave-
yard, whereupon Adam ran about from tombstone to
tombstone, blowing his Screamer and trying to scare a
young couple strolling around, studying the inscriptions.
(Or maybe they were just in there for a bit of 'petting'.)
What a pillock he was when I think back on it, but I also
can't help smiling at his naivety in believing that his
Spooky Screamer was capable of actually scaring
anyone - even in an ancient graveyard.
So, 'though I was an unwitting (and unwilling)
'accomplice' in the theft of a free gift, whenever I
think back to that day, the memory is a pleasant one.
Shiver & Shake ran for only 83 issues, but it deserved
to last longer, being a great wee comic. Although I was
only 14 at the time, I was happy to see two characters,
FRANKIE STEIN and GRIMLY FEENDISH, re-
turn from my childhood, where they'd first appear-