The 10th March 1973 saw the first issue of Shiver and Shake
released on the newsstands in Great Britain. Like its stablemate
Whizzer and Chips, it was two comics in one, with Shiver mainly
consisting of horror-themed comedy strips. On the back page of
the comic, readers were treated to ‘A crazy “Monster Piece” for you
to cut out and collect!’, and thus the Creepy Creations were born!
That first gloriously gruesome entry from
Ken Reid was titled ‘The One-Eyed
Wonk of Wigan’. Readers were
invited to send in their sketches
for further instalments. Winners
would receive a pound note for their
work and see their creation brought
to full-colour life by various Shiver and
Shake artists (mainly by Reid).
The Creepy Creations were a grand
triumph. Seventy-nine appeared in
total, with further entries appearing
in annuals and specials. The success of
this feature led to both the Wanted posters and WorldWide
Weirdies being created for Whoopee!.