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Launched: 10th March 1973

Ended: 5th October 1974

Merged into: Whoopee

Annuals Released: 1974 - 1986

My resources: Annuals 1974, 1976 - 1982 and 1984

The characters that made it to Buster: Believe it or not, Sweeny Toddler was born here, before moving to Whoopee, then to Whizzer & Chips and finally Buster. That toddler sure gets about!

The Best of the Rest:

The lead characters in Shiver and Shake were Shiver the ghost and Shake the elephant. They each had their own individual strips, and I'm assuming it's the same Shiver who also cropped up in The Duke's Spook, a ghost who lives in the Duke's Castle, much to the annoyance of the Duke's Butler. Shiver & Shake was presented in a similar style to Whizzer & Chips, although this time the comics were companions as opposed to rivals. Other top strips from this short lived comic include:

Frankie Stein - Yes Frankie began life here, with Professor Cube and co
Webster - All this spider wanted was a place to rest, but somehow he always ended up in trouble
Horrornation Street - Shiver & Shake's answer to the soap, ghosts, vampires and mummy's resided in this street
Tough Nutt and Softy Centre - Despite being tough and trying to show softy how things should be done, Nutt always ended up looking more stupid
The Hand - This hand knows the difference between right and wrong, and spends it's time making sure bullies get their comeuppance
Grimley Fiendish - Billed as Shiver's creepy crook, Grimly and his gang never did quite get it right - but 10 out of 10 for effort
Comics College - Apparently if you want to be a clown this is where you have to go
The Desert Fox - On the scrounge for food as the two sides battle it out
The Forest Legion - Teamwork always seems to be successful as The Forest Legion pull together to suceed.

The Award for Most Promising Strip:

The Forest Legion is good, but I'd imagine the possibilities for new material aren't particularly great as they always seem to be fighting crooks in the woods. Horrornation Street is another well thought out strip, but my favourite has to be Frankie Stein. Professor Cube really didn't know what he was letting himself in for when he created that monster, so it's no wonder Frankie moved into Whoppee when the time came.

The Award for the Most Disappointing Strip:

Moana Lisa. Perhaps I've spent too much time reading Fuss Pott, but this girl came up as more of an annoying brat as opposed to someone you could care for. Give her a clip round the ear - that's what I say!

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