Starting his illustration career within in the world of comics from 1938, Ken Reid is responsible for some of the much loved imagery and characters found in such comics as the Beano and Buster. It was here Reid began to develop his iconic style of scrounging faces and outlandish and monstrous bodily forms.
For us though his illustrations for World-Wide Weirdies is the pick of the bunch. Appearing on the back cover of Whoopee! World-Wide Weirdies was a series of full-colour pin-ups where Reid took horror-related puns sent in by readers and then turned them into humorous monstrous vignettes. Between 1974 and 1978, Reid drew over 200 World-Wide Weirdies, and they grew into a world populated by gothic, disturbing and distorted characters.
Have a look through some of our faves above, most notably ‘The Ice Scream Van’. We could’ve had spent all day picking some examples out, but we gad to capped ourselves at 10. If you want to spend your day trawling through Reid’s wicked illustrations then head on over to Monster Brains, for a full curated selection.