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Caligula was a Roman Emperor, who’s identified as the most insane ruler of all time. His considering is totally mind-boggling and his irational techniques of carrying out things put Rome in a extremely unfortunate predicament.

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Developing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s in England one of my favourite things was getting and reading comics. My favourite comic’s have been Valiant, Victor, Shiver and Shake which were ones with War Stories, Horror stories or Science fiction stories.

In the 19th century, story papers (containing illustrated text stories), identified as “Penny Dreadfuls”due to their cover cost, served as entertainment for British youngsters. Complete of close-printed text with handful of illustrations, they have been primarily no various to a book, except that they were somewhat shorter and that normally the story was serialised more than a lot of weekly troubles in order to keep sales.

These serial stories could run to hundreds of instalments if they were popular. And to pad out a productive series, writers would insert very extraneous material such as the geography of the nation in which the action was occurring, just so that the story would extend into more issues. Plagiarism was rife, with magazines pirating competitors’ successes beneath a few cosmetic name adjustments.

Apart from action and historical stories, there was also a fashion for horror and the supernatural, with epics like Varney The Vampire running for years. Horror, in particular, gave rise to the epithet penny dreadful. Stories featuring criminals such as ‘Spring-Heeled Jack’, pirates, highwaymen (particularly Dick Turpin), and detectives (which includes Sexton Blake) dominated decades of the Victorian and early 20th-century weeklies.

Comic strips – stories told primarily in strip cartoon form, rather than as a written narrative with illustrations – emerged only slowly. Ally Sloper’s Half Vacation (1884) is reputed to be the initial comic strip magazine to feature a recurring character, and the 1st British comic that would be recognised as such today. This strip expense 1 penny and was developed for adults. Ally, the recurring character, was a functioning class fellow who got up to different types of mischief and often suffered for it.

In 1890 two much more comic magazines debuted ahead of the British public, Comic Cuts and Illustrated Chips, each published by Amalgamated Press. These magazines notoriously reprinted British and American material, previously published in newspapers and magazines, with no permission. The good results of these comics was such that Amalgamated’s owner, Alfred Harmsworth, was in a position to launch The Everyday Mail and The Everyday Mirror newspapers on the income.

Over the subsequent thirty years or so, comic publishers saw the juvenile market place as the most lucrative, and thus geared their publications accordingly, so that by 1914 most comics had been aimed at eight to twelve year olds.

The period between the two wars is notable mostly for the publication of annuals by Amalgamated Press, and also the emergence of DC Thomson launching both the Beano and the Dandy in the late 1930s, as previously noted.

Throughout the Second World War the Beano and Dandy thrived, due to the wartime paper shortage which forced numerous rival comics to close. It is these two titles, much more than any other, that have come to define a comic in the British public’s mind. Their productive mix of irreverence and slapstick led to a lot of related titles, notably Topper and Beezer. Nevertheless the originators of this format have outlasted all rivals, and are still published right now.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s the most well-known comic magazine for older age-group boys was the Eagle published by Hulton Press. The Eagle was published in a much more expensive format, and was a gravure-printed weekly. This format was 1 employed initially by Mickey Mouse Weekly in the course of the 1930s. The Eagle’s accomplishment saw a number of comics launched in a comparable format, Tv Century 21, Look and Find out and Tv Comic getting notable examples. Comics published in this format had been recognized in the trade as “slicks”. At the end of the 1960s these comics moved away from gravure Printing, preferring offset litho due to price considerations arising from decreasing readership.

By 1970 the British comics marketplace was in a extended term decline, as comics lost recognition in the face of the rise of other common pastimes for kids. Initially the challenge was the rising reputation of television, a trend which the introduction of colour tv to Britain for the duration of 1969 set in stone. In an effort to counter the trend, a lot of publishers switched the focus of their comics towards tv-connected characters. The tv shows of Gerry Anderson had begun this in 1966 with the launch of tie-in comics such as TV21 and Lady Penelope that incorporated only strips related to Anderson’s Tv shows. Polystyle Publications already published a Tv-related comic for young youngsters named Tv Comic, and in 1971 moved into the older market place with Countdown (later retitled Television Action).

The teenage market place saw Look-In magazine feature strips solely based on common tv programmes. Yet another strand of the reaction to television was the launch of comics focused totally on football (soccer becoming as common as tv amongst boys), with titles such as Shoot and Scorcher and Score. These comics which didn’t address the problem of tv began to close, merging with the few survivors.

Nevertheless, the boys adventure comic was nonetheless popular, and titles such as Valiant and Tiger

Published by IPC saw new adventure heroes turn into stars, like Roy of the Rovers who would at some point achieve his personal title. Oldham Press was a company which mostly printed new material that was adventure oriented.

In the 1970s really few boys’ comics in the “slick” format have been launched, despite the fact that Countdown was 1 exception, launching in 1971 with content related to Tv 21 (which had closed by then) and Tv Comic. Vulcan, a reprint title, was an additional, in 1976. Girls’ titles which had launched in the “slick” format in the 1960s continued in that format into the 1970s and other people, such as Diana and Judy, changed to turn out to be slicks. They found themselves in the same marketplace as teenage titles for girls such as Boyfriend and Blue Jeans, which had changed their content and were featuring mainly item-associated articles and photo-strips.

Viz began life in 1979 as a fanzine style publication, prior to, in 1989, becoming the biggest selling magazine in the country. Primarily based upon negative taste, crude language, crude sexual innuendo, and the parodying of strips from the dandy (among them Black bag – the Faithful Border Bin Liner, a parody of The Dandy’s Black Bob series about a Border Collie), the recognition of Viz depended entirely upon a variant of Sixties counter-culture it is still 1 of the United Kingdom’s top selling magazines.

The Star Wars magazine lasted into the late 1980s, despite the fact that it changed its name in line with every single film release. In 1982 The Eagle was relaunched, this time such as photo-strips, but nonetheless with Dan Dare as the lead story. The comic moved him from the front page to the centre pages to let a much more magazine-style cover.

In the 21st Century there have also been changes in the comics marketplace with a growth in home-grown Graphic Novels and Manga.

There have been hundreds of comics in the UK, such as the following A to Z:

2000 AD (1977–current)

Action (1976–1977)

Adventure (1921–1961)

Air Ace Picture Library (1960–1970)

Andy Capp (1957–current)

Battle Image Weekly (1975–1988)

The Beano (1938–current)

BeanoMAX (2007–current)


The Beezer (1956–1993)


The Large One particular (1964–1965)

Birthrite (1989–1990)

The Boy’s Own Paper (1879–1967)

Boys’ Globe (1963–1964)

Bullet (1976–1978)

Bunty (1958–2001)

Buster (1960–2000)

Buster Classics (1996)

Buzz (1973–1975)

BVC (1995)

The Champion

The Chatterbox

Cheeky (1977–1980)

Classics from the Comics (1996–current)

Cometman (1951–1956)

Comic Cuts (1890–1953)

Commando Comics (1961–current)

Cor!! (1970–1974)

Countdown (1971–1972)

Cracker (1975–1976)

Crisis (1988–1991)

The Dandy (1937–current)

Deadline magazine (1988–1995)

The DFC (2008–2009)

Dice Man (1986)

The Eagle (1950–1969) and (1982–1994)

Wonderful (1967–1968)

Film Entertaining (1920–1962)

Funny (1989-early 1990s)

Exciting Size Beano (1997–current)

Fun Size Dandy (1997–current)

The Gem (1907–1939)

Girl (1951–1964) and (1981–1990)

Giggle (1967–1968)

Heven &amp Hell (1990)

Hoot (1985–1986)

Hornet (1963–1976)

Hotspur (1933–1981)

Illustrated Chips (1890–1953)

Jackpot (1979–1982)

Jack and Jill (1885–1887) and (1954–1985)

Jackie (1964–1993)

Jet (1971)

Jinty (1974–1981)

The Judge Dredd Megazine (1990–current)


Knockout (1939–1963) and (1971–1973)

Krazy (1976–1978)

Linzy &amp Charcol (2006)

Lion (1952–1974)

Look and Discover (1962–1982)

The Magic Comic (1939–1941)

The Magnet (1908–1940)

Mandy (1967–1991)

Mickey Mouse Weekly (1936–1955)

Mirabelle (1956–1977)

Misty (1978–1980)

Monster Exciting (1975–1976)

Night Warrior (2005–current)

Nikki (1985–1988)

Nipper (1987)

Nutty (1980–1985)

Oink! (1986–1988)

Image Politics (1894–1914)

Image Fun (1909–1920)

Pippin (1966–1986)

Plug (1977–1979)

Poot! (2009–current, 1980s–1990s)

Pow! (1967–1968)

Prehistoric Peeps (1890s)

Puck (1904–1940)

Radio Enjoyable (1938–1961)

Rainbow (1914–1956)

Revolver (1990–1991)

Robin (1953–1969)

Romeo (1957–1974)

Roy of the Rovers (1976–1993)

Sandie (1972–1973)

College Fun (1983–1984)

Scream! (1984)

Sgt. Mike Battle (2001–current)

Shiver and Shake (1973–1974)

Smash! (1966–1971)

Smut (1989–current)

Sonic the Comic (1993–2002)

Sparky (1965–1977)

Speed (1980 when merged into Tiger)

Spellbound (1976–1978)

Spookhouse (1990)

Starlord (1978)

Star Wars (Weekly) (1978–1986)

The Swift (1954–1963)


Tank Girl

Terrific (1967–1968)

Thunder (1970–1971) and (to 1974 with Lion)

Tiger (1954–1985 when merged into The Eagle)

Tiger Tim’s Weekly (1920–1940)

Tina (1967)

The Topper (1953–1990) and (to 1993 with Beezer)

Tornado (1978–1979)

Toxic! (1991)

Trixton (2005–2007)

Tube Productions (2005–Present)

Television Action (1972–1973)

Television Century 21 (1965–1971)

Television Comic (1951–1984)

Twinkle (1968–1999)

Valentine (1957–1974)

Valiant (1962–1976)

Victor (1961–1992)

Viz (1979–current)

Vulcan (1975 to 1976)

War Picture Library (1958–1984)

Warlord (1974–1986)

Wham! (1964–1968)

Whizzer and Chips (1969–1990)

Whoopee! (1974–1985)

Wonder (1942–1953)

Wow! (1982–1983)

Zit (1991–2002)

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28 thoughts on “THE MOST INSANE ROMAN EMPEROR EVER | Correct Scary Stories of History”

  1. Can you dumb motherfuckers stop comparing modern day tie wearing American politicians to these literal empathy-lacking ill minded pedophile murder rapist sex maniacs?

    Ever heard of boy who cried wolf? Calling a politician you hate Hitler or the anti christ doesn’t do anything

  2. Of all other "scenes" in the Caligula movie one that stood out in my mind was when Caligula was on his deathbed from illness. One of his followers made an inane speech about offering his life, if that would "heal Caesar". Caligula was so impressed by this he had him sacrificed and did recover afterwards. Historical accuracy aside that should by seen as an abject lesson in keeping your mouth shut.

  3. The Statue is Augustus at Prima Porta, the part where you talk about Jupiter the portrait is of Poseidon, half of this is from Propaganda made by Claudius and Cassius Dio, but close enough to the craziness of Caligula!

  4. So much of the stories about him were propaganda spread by the Emperors who came after him. As for his horse becoming a senator that was a political act to show he believed the Senate was so bad that even his horse could do a better job ! Don’t take historic facts at face value – do your own research. Caligula was a despot but no worse than all the other Emperors. As for his pregnant sister being disemboweled, there is no evidence that ever happens at all.

  5. Why isn’t Churchill and Lincoln featured? Churchill starved 8 million Indians to death and killed millions more Arabs.

  6. Sounds just like Clintons & Obastard, except our Senators were to chicken shit to kill their evil asses. Prob because they were joining them. BUTTIES!!

  7. Today we would call much of this "fake news". The first job of an emperor is to slander their rivals or assassinated predicesaor. The Senate did it to Cesear, Augustus to Anthony, ECT. So take the Caligula stories with a grain of salt.

  8. I am so happy I found your site Mr. Hockey Mask ! This work of yours is genius true and factual. I will be here daily. I’m proud of you!


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