Badtime Bedtime Books were a splendiferous idea. They were 'extra' comics stuck in the centre of Monster Fun,
being the middle four pages that you had to cut out, fold over to make
an eight page book, then sneak upstairs to read under the bedcovers when
your parents weren't looking.
They were originally written and
drawn by the legendary Leo Baxendale, and unlike usual 'extra' stuff
like, say, a Robin story in the back of Batman, actually did feel like you were getting something extra special.
Each story was new and unique, and were usually a lite-horror spin on an old classic or current pop-culture icon ( eg. RobinsonGruesome, Trouser Island, Dr. Poo and the must read with that title I Spy With My Little Guy )
only semi-regular character was this guy, copy boy Leonard
Rottingsocks, who Baxendale originally wanted to call Leonard
Rottingcorpse, until dissuaded otherwise:
Far from being something you saved till later, Badtime Badtime Books was probably the strip you turned to first, like an infection that had invaded Monster Fun, it being just that little bit nastier and weirder than the rest of the comic.
For instance, want to sleep well tonight? Don't read Punch & Chewday then.
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