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Comics that cracked 1,000 Comics that cracked 1,000

Comics reaching their thousandth issue might be more common than you think. You just need to look around the globe.

Trumpton style comic breaks out for the Brexiteer in your life Trumpton style comic breaks out for the Brexiteer in your life

As I type there is a car crash circus debate show on the box, The Big Question, debating the UK ‘s departure from the European Union. It’s a bit of a mess. however, today’s Observer plugs something that might have a cheerier take on the subject.

Well, he is called Capp Well, he is called Capp

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Theme of the Week: Comics Theme of the Week: Comics

Are you someone who still reads Garfield? Or enjoys For Better or For Worse? Or has joined the 21st century with its new badass webtoons who often have absurdist plots and little internal consistency? Let’s talk about comics this week—from magazines to newspapers to online, those little panels that have encapsulated…

Love stories in pictures Love stories in pictures

Time was it was Valentine’s Day every week. And would be suitors sent camels to win the heart of a young maiden. Amalgamated Press tugged at the heart strings with Valentine, a comic paper that mixed tales of young love with pop fandom for 17 years and 927 issues. It inspired DC Thomson to create a rival in the form…

A House with a Mouse worth £40,000 A House with a Mouse worth £40,000

A house in the Hebrides has an infestation of mice, but they seem rather grateful according to The Sunday Post and other papers. Around 200 vintage copies of Mickey Mouse Weekly have been found at the home of renowned Gaelic scholar Dr John Lorne Campbell on the island of Canna.

Bring back anthology comics Bring back anthology comics

Most of the comics I grew up with were anthologies. The Beano, Dandy, Topper, Sparky, Victor, Lion, TV Comic, Valiant, Eagle, etc, all packed in a multitude of characters, laughs and adventures to entertain their audience. Having never grown up and trapped in nostalgia, I miss the days when it was possible to buy a…

A Guide to Fantasy and Science Fiction Made for Black People, by Black People A Guide to Fantasy and Science Fiction Made for Black People, by Black People

Last week, Marvel unveiled a line of Black Panther character posters that snatched the souls out of every living melanated human being. Black Panther (1966) was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, later followed by characters such as Luke Cage (1972) and Black Lightning (1977).

Perils of the indoor rain storm Perils of the indoor rain storm

This is another one of those rain stories. Drenched! Soaked to the skin! Everything you might expect from a rain storm in England - but it was all indoors.

Observer graphic short story prize winner announced Observer graphic short story prize winner announced

Tor Freeman has been named winner in the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize 2017. If you can’t pick up a hard copy of The Observer, her entry can be read on The Guardian website along with interviews with previous winners.

Kapitalism in the komics Kapitalism in the komics

Thinking of capitalism and culture reminded me of a couple of old comic strips that could probably stand a revival. None of yer billionaire Bruce Wayne nonsense though.

Get on the trail of Marney the Fox Get on the trail of Marney the Fox

Here’s a tip for some Autumnal reading. Although artist John Stokes goes for some golden leafy hues on the cover to match his protagonists fur, you get all four seasons if you follow the scent of Marney the Fox. Just keep the tissues handy. Rebellion have published a comic collection to make the kids cry.

Does Bruce Wayne have a gambling problem? Does Bruce Wayne have a gambling problem?

Young Dick should think about getting Bruce along to Gamblers Anonymous.

Covering survival in space Covering survival in space

Waiting for the postman to deliver this. Continuing my regression to childhood over the weekend, I bought a Mercury-age copy of Boy’s World, issue 13. Actually it came out the day the Russians launched Kosmos 14. Their Luna 4 probe had missed the Moon a week before. The cover art depicts a spaceship, stalled in the…

Did the Prince like a priceless puss? Did the Prince like a priceless puss?

Did the Prince of Wales like a priceless puss? Or do you suppose he was a Zip Nolan fan? A couple of the old Fleetway boy’s comics I grew up with were sometimes known as “The Big Cats”. There was Tiger, which offered readers a sporty mix of strips, notably Roy of the Rovers, briefly Jag (as in Jaguar) was in play, and…

It's a wheezer with the Cheeser It's a wheezer with the Cheeser

Still talking ‘toons. I was going to rustle up some cartoon cats. Except I got a little distracted along the way. Back on tack, almost. Thinking cats, but I’m starting with a mouse.

Which Dennis came first? Which Dennis came first?

How is this for synchronicity? Back in March 1951, American newspaper readers were introduced to a cute little tyke with a penchant for causing chaos wherever he went. This was Hank Ketcham’s Dennis the Menace.

Rise and fall of the most bip-bop Boss Cat! Rise and fall of the most bip-bop Boss Cat!

OK, this made my head hurt. It’s a question of great importance. Was it true? Was it a myth? Was Top Cat ever called Boss Cat?

You can always trust your robot pal You can always trust your robot pal

Don’t you wish you had an uncle who would build you a robot pal? That was the original premise of a humourous comic strip drawn by Dandy artist Bill Holroyd in 1964. Schoolboy Charlie Brand is packed off to stay with Uncle Sam in Yorkshire to recuperate. To cheer him up, Uncle Sam builds a remarkably sentient robot,…

Win a secret fag box gun! Win a secret fag box gun!

How is this for a secret weapon? Sixties spy-fi and the obsession with James Bond-style gadgets infected our toys with a vengeance back in that halcyon age. And it seems like cancer and respiratory disease were not to be discouraged either. I was rattling on about Mysterons over on Observation Deck the other day,…

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