& Shake" was Fleetway's first "munster" comic
(fun strips featuring monsters, ghosts and ghouls).
published for just over eighteen months, clocking
issues before it was merged into the pages of
It was actually supposed to be two comics in one, with
pull-out "Shake" section inside "Shiver"
- copying the format
of its stablemate "Whizzer & Chips".
The "Shiver" section
was introduced by Shiver the ghost, whilst
was an anthropomorphic elephant called Shake.
comic split thematically along similar lines. Shiver's
had more "munster" elements than
Shake's, which had a
more familiar knockabout feel.
Though Shiver and Shake swiped the title, in reality,
comic's biggest star was that nut-and-bolt-nutter Frankie
Frankie was resurrected from the pages of Odhams
comic, with spectacular results. In fact,
by the end of the
run, the chap had managed to oust the spook and the
elephant from the comic's front cover...
Speaking of covers, few fans can forget the comic's
remarkable back pages. Each was graced with a full
"munster" poster in the form of a Creepy
by readers and rendered unforgettably by Ken Reid.
& Shake"s collectibility appears to have been
improved by its short run. There was something
Fleetway artists and monsters which really brought
the best in them - so much so they tried
again the following
year with the magnificent Monster
Shiver and Shake arrived in the comic, and where
they went as it continued makes fascinating
You see, Shiver and Shake were originally characters
Fleetway's "Cor!!" comic. Shiver was
a ghostly - and
gloomy - cavalier, with a ball and chain on his
and a cutlass through his chest. Shake,
a spooky fat phantom who was forever hungry.
haunted an empty mansion and were dead keen
to come and inhabit the place. But somehow,
in spite of
best their efforts, the duo always managed to
scare them away...
When "Shiver & Shake" comic launched, Shiver was
transformed into his new phantom guise,
and he starred
in a brand new strip called The
At the same time, Shake returned as that elephant...
And just to confuse things further, the original cavalier-type
Shiver reappeared in two different guises in
the pages of the
comic. Firstly, he became a cavalier bricked
up inside a
wall, in Adrian's
Wall. Then, twelve months on, he broke
free to star in a new strip called The
Okay, so you've done the maths. Surely,
months of publication would have given us
Well, they would have done, but for a little
In the Summer of '74 industrial action forced
gap into the run, affective from issue 69 (June
issue 70 (August 3rd). And the folks at
Comics UK have
discussed and diluted the detail of this for