You might recall the Doctor Who trailer creating a little bit of wonder as Doc 13 swapped Graham’s newspaper for a Beano Summer Special which had previously appeared during Matt Smith’s run as the Time Lord.
Am I being cruel? Is this too sadistic? Too British?
Comics reaching their thousandth issue might be more common than you think. You just need to look around the globe.
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.
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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…
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 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.
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…
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young Dick should think about getting Bruce along to Gamblers Anonymous.
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 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…
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.
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.
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?