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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Ally Sloper #4

From the pages of Ally Sloper magazine #4 (January 1977) artwork by two of the American great - Al Williamson and Jack Kirby - both with their take on Ally himself




Monday, 29 May 2017

The adventures of Captain Cosmic

Came across this in a charity shop recently for 99p, hardback annual 48 pages - an independently produced (i.e. not by DC Thomson, Grandreams, Fleetway etc.) annual is always an oddity, so was intrigued enough to pick it up



Looks good!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The flowers of Hell - update

Thanks for all the feedback on Michael Moorcock / Howard Chaykin, I thought that Moorcock's introduction (to The Swords of Heaven, the Flower of Hell) would be of interest...





rear cover of the book

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Transformers - Earthforce

Book 4 (and the last I have) in this series of 5 reprints by Titan Books - this was published in November 2005. In Earthforce, Optimus Prime realises that having brought the war to earth, the Autobots must protect humanity...but with the hard-headed, battle-hungry Dinobot, Grimlock, in charge, the heroes may be even more dangerous than the villains!


Stories are as follows:
Starting Over! - script by Simon Furman; art by Staz
Two steps back! - script by Simon Furman; art by Andy Wildman
Break-away! - script by Simon Furman; art by Staz
Desert island risks! - script by Simon Furman; art by Pete Knifton & Pete Venters
Once upon a time - uncredited
Life in the slow lane - script by Simon Furman; art by Pete Knifton & Pete Venters
Snow Fun - script by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson
Mystery! - script by Simon Furman; art by Pete Knifton & Pete Venters
The living nightlights! - script by Simon Furman; art by John Marshall & Stephen Baskerville
The house that Wheeljack built! - script by Simon Furman; art by Pete Knifton & Michael Eve
Divide and conquer!- script by Simon Furman; art by Staz
The 4,000,000 year itch - script by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson
Makin' tracks! - script by Simon Furman; art by Pete Knifton & Michael Eve
Prime's Rib! - script by Simon Furman; art by Andy Wildman
[Double] Deal of the century! - script by Simon Furman; art by Andy Wildman



Friday, 26 May 2017

David Lynch draws comics

To celebrate the new series of Twin Peaks airing this week I've fished out the enclosed...


The gimmick/idea was that the same illustrations were used in each episode with only the dialogue changing. Can't think why the idea hasn't really caught on.
A few more strips are available here

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Transformers - Fallen Star

Here's book 3 (of) in the Titan Book Transformers reprint, this volume from September 2005

All the books highlight that the strips are taken from Marvel UK's Transformers title issues 219-222, 229, 237-239, 272-247, 282-283 & 249-50 - but as I don't have these I can't tell which issues the following stories originally appeared in...

Race with Devil - script by Simon Furman; art by Andy Wildman
Fallen star - script by Simon Furman; art by Andy Wildman
Mind games - script by Simon Furman; art by Staz
Two Megatrons! - script by Simon Furman; art by Geoff Senior
Flashback! - script by Simon Furman; art by Stephen Baskerville & John Marshall
The bad guys ball! - script by Simon Furman; art by Pete Knifton & Michael Eve
Secrets - script by Simon Furman; art by Pete Knifton & Pete Venters
Bugged - script by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson & Michael Eve
Internal Affairs! - script by Simon Furman; art by Simon Coleby & Michael Eve
Assassins - script by Simon Furman; art by Jeff Anderson & Michael Eve                                     External forces! - script by Simon Furman; art by Pete Knifton & Pete Venters
The lesser evil- script by Simon Furman; art by John Marshall & Jeff Anderson  

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Transformers - Way of the Warrior

I've recently acquired 3 (from a series of 5) small (smaller than A5) Marvel UK Transformers reprints, published by Titan Books in July 2005, to encourage you to seek them out I'm going to list the contents of each book so you can see what you are missing out on...

All the books highlight that the strips are taken from Marvel UK's Transformers title issues 219-222, 229, 237-239, 272-247, 282-283 & 249-50 - but as I don't have these I can't tell which issues the following stories originally appeared in...

Survivors! (part 1) - script by Simon Furman, art by Dan Reed
Survivors! (part 2) - script by Simon Furman, art by Dan Reed
Survivors! (part 3) - script by Simon Furman, art by John Stokes
Survivors! (part 4) - script by Simon Furman, art by John Stokes
The hunting party - script by Simon Furman, art by Simon Coleby
Way of the warrior - script by Simon Furman, art by Simon Coleby
Survival run - script by Simon Furman, art by Lee Sullivan
Savage Place - script by Simon Furman, art by Geoff Senior
Cry Wolf! - script by Simon Furman, art by Pete Knifton & Michael Eve
Wolf in the fold - script by Simon Furman, art by Staz
Where wolf? - script by Simon Furman, art by Stephen Baskerville & Jeff Anderson
Shut up! - script by Simon Furman, art by Staz
Manoeuvres! - script by Simon Furman, art by Pete Knifton & Pete Venters
Whose lifeforce is it anyway? - script by Simon Furman, art by Staz
Greatest gift of all!- script by Simon Furman, art by Staz

All in all about 80 pages of comicy goodness in a book that you can very nearly stuff in your pocket, more small reprints please!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Any Michael Moorcock fans out there?

...if so, can you help? I picked this up recently out of curiosity and I am wondering whether there are any other similar volumes?

It's "Heavy Metal presents" so I'm assuming it's a reprint from that magazine and it certainly contains a fair smattering of naked ladies. Anyway, googling "Michael Moorcock" brings up a lot of things I'm not interested in so any pointers gratefully received.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Comic price guides - the early years

Before Duncan McAlpine's enormous '90s price guides to British comics there were some earlier, less well-known publications

Here's the earliest one...published by Alan Austin in 1975...this covers US comic distributed in the UK after 1959 (before this distribution was too sporadic or non-existent). For comparison purposes let's track the price of one issues in all these volumes to see how prices changed, let's pick the first appearance of Spiderman in Amazing Fantasy #15 (mint condition) valued at £15.

These volumes seemed to go through a number of editions (hence why the purchase prices vary on these two volumes). This is the 4th edition and is undated. 

These volumes seemed to go through a number of editions (hence why the purchase prices vary on these two volumes). This is from February 1979 and Amazing Fantasy is up to £120. 

Chronologically next up is Denis Gifford's effort - although his effort is clearly focussed on British comics and should be seen as a pre-cursor for his later catalogues

Alan Austin then came back in 1983 with an updated comic guide. Amazing Fantasy #15 is now up to £300

According to my notes there was another price guide for 1979 (priced at 75p) but I can't seem to identify it - do you have a copy? Are there are other price guides that I've missed? Leave a comment here or on facebook.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Enid Blyton's adventure magazine cover gallery (4)

The final selection of these proto-graphic novels...

Issue 13 - adapted by Gail Renard & Les Lilley; art by Phil Gascoine

Issue 14 - adapted by Gail Renard & Les Lilley; art by Mike Dorey

Issue 15 - adapted by Gail Renard & Les Lilley; art by John Ridgway

Issue 16 - adapted by Gail Renard & Les Lilley; art by John Richardson

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Enid Blyton's adventure magazine cover gallery (3)

Back to this series I didn't finish showing last week...

Issue 9 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley - art by Mike Dorey

Issue 10 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley - art by John Ridgway

Issue 11 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley - art by John Richardson

Issue 12 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley - art by Bert Hill

Friday, 19 May 2017

Cricket annuals (3)

So as well as Denis Compton being famous enough to have a series of annuals published I wondered what other cricketers might have had this privilege conferred on them...
1983 (above)
1984 (below)

Sadly I'm not sure the equivalent annual exists today, so no annual for Kevin Pietersen, Ben Stokes or Joe Root any time soon I fear :(

One last one though, this one (from 1980) not apparently featuring Ian Botham at all...