Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Images copyright DC COMICS

The first version of GREEN LANTERN appeared in 1940 in the
pages of ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #16, and was railroad engineer
ALAN SCOTT.  However, he's not the Green Lantern we're interested
in, that particular accolade belonging to test pilot HAL JORDAN, who
made his debut in SHOWCASE #22 in 1959 as part of NPP/DC editor
JULIUS SCHWARTZ's SILVER AGE attempt to revive superheroes.
Over the years, the history of GL and the GREEN LANTERN CORPS
has become increasingly convoluted (to say nothing of boring - to me
at least), so I won't attempt to explain it all here.

Instead, let's just look at some fantastic covers from a time when
comicbooks were a lot less complicated - and far more interesting and
entertaining.  Hey, here's a novel notion - do you think there might be
a connection there?  So, who's your favourite Green Lantern?  Let
the world know in our controversial comments section!

All together now:

"In brightest day...in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight!

Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power - -

Green Lantern's Light!"

Monday, 27 July 2015


HEATHER can't come to the 'phone - she's a little
'tied-up' at the moment.  Yup, that joke's a little 'ropey',
but come on - it's the best I could do at short notice.  The
stunning Heather was kicking at my bedroom door for six
hours last night.  In the end, I had no choice but to get
up and let her out!  Boom-boom!


Image copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

I'm not quite sure just how common the name SUZIE is in China,
but I'd hazard a guess and say not very.  From the back cover of
LITTLE STAR #2, published 43 years ago in 1972.


Here's JIM REEVES recording The BLUE
CANADIAN ROCKIES in the studio back in the
early '60s.  Marvel at the ease with which he does it,
and don't be fooled if the audio appears slightly out-
of-sync with the video.   I have a superior version
of this clip on DVD - and there's nothing about it
to suggest that he's lip-syncing.


Some stunning pics await you in this latest post in the CAPTAIN
BRITAIN gallery series, so I'll try not to hold you back from the good
stuff for too long.  With top artists like BUSCEMA, STERANKO and
MOONEY, it's a wonder that the comic only lasted 39 issues.  What's
the world coming to when all that talent can't ensure success?

Having said that, some of the new splash pages designed to bridge
the gaps between stories divided into parts for episodic presentation
over a number of weeks weren't always in the same class as the pages
they fronted, so perhaps that fact deterred some readers from stick-
ing with the title for longer, who knows?  (It sure ain't me!)

Were you a CB fan back in the day?  Feel free to reminisce
to your heart's content in our cataclysmic comments section!
(And don't forget to remember to come back for part nine.)


Seems like YOGI's claim to being smarter
than the average bear is true!  Look - he can
ride a scooter.  Wotta bear!


Image copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

Nope, not the type of playmates that first spring to mind if your
a follower of HUGH HEFNER's magazine, but something altogether
more innocent.  Back in 1972, the first dozen issues of LITTLE STAR
featured a series on the back cover called PLAYMATES FROM FAR-
AWAY PLACES.  They're nice and colourful (with a few age spots,
alas) and I thought it would be nice to show them on the blog.

So here's the first one.  Reminds me of the illustrations in the
LADYBIRD books I read in school as a child.  (Wish I was again.)
I bought the first 25 issues of Little Star not too long ago, to hopefully
mine the content for material to publish on the Blog, so you can let
me know if it's the sort of comics-stuff you're interested in.

Sunday, 26 July 2015


Here's a foxy little babe for you - the sultry
SAMANTHA FOX.  (See what I did there?)



On Saturday afternoon, I took a walk down to the Old Village
quarter of my town.  It started to rain quite heavily, so I sought refuge
under the overhanging boughs of a tree which sheltered a wooden bench.
Just across the road from where I sat was the former house of a long-dead
aunt and uncle whom my mother occasionally used to visit, with me in tow,
when we were in the vicinity.  I associate a couple of FANTASTIC FOUR
stories with that house and area, because I'd usually just bought an issue of
WHAM! (which reprinted FF tales back in the '60s) when we descended
on their home.  (There's also a THOR story - "The MYSTERIOUS Mr.
HYDE!" - from FANTASTIC, another ODHAMS PRESS comic,
that also conjures up images of their small, old-fashioned,
1950s style livingroom.)

The FF stories were "KURRGO, MASTER Of PLANET X!"
and "The END Of The FANTASTIC FOUR!", although they weren't
complete tales, just segments of them, as each one was broken up over at
least two issues.  When The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL reprinted
these same stories about five or six years later, myself and one of my pals
were frequenting the area, as it was there that a centuries old pub was (and
still is) located.  We were in the weekly (at least) habit of clambering over
its slated rooftop in search of adventure (me with my rolled up copy of
MWOM stuffed into my inside jacket pocket to protect it as much as
possible), and we passed my aunt and uncle's house on our way.

So, not only do I have two sets of recollections for each of those FF
tales, but they're both associated with the same specific locale, due to
the coincidence of my being in the same area on each occasion.  True, had
I been somewhere else the second time around, I'd still have remembered
my initial reading of those stories, but the memories were all the more vivid
for being conjured up in the same place as on previous instances.  Today,
whichever of the two printings of either tale I peruse, I immediately
think back to the Old Village section of my town as it was then.

However, my memories and associations of 'the Village' aren't
restricted to the Fantastic Four.  As I sat on the bench shielded from
the rain, I was but a short space away from where there used to be some
other benches, on which, at various times, I'd sit and look through other
comic mags I'd bought from a nearby newsagent's (now a GREGG'S), on
hot, sunny, summer days of so very long ago.  LOIS LANE and MISTER
MIRACLE are just two of the titles I also associate with the area, and I'm
sure if I dug around in the recesses of my mind, a few others would soon
resurface.  It's best not to search for them 'though;  rather, let them rise
unprompted when one is casually browsing through a stack of old
comics from the dim and distant days of the early '70s.

No great insight into anything this time around, sorry to say
(when is there ever, you may ask), merely a self-indulgent wallow
in 'personal nostalgia' in yet another typical 'Rambling Robson
Reminiscence'.  Hopefully you got something out of it 'though.
  If not, don't worry - there's always next time.  

Saturday, 25 July 2015


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

It's difficult for me to fully accept that 40 years have gone by
since I bought the comics from which the images you see before
you are taken.  1975?  Surely it was only a few years ago at the very
most?  Nope, it's actually been 40 years, and as I type these words,
I sense the shadow of a silent spectre falling upon my shoulder and
I resist the sudden compulsion to turn around and look, and
thereby seal my fate sooner than is scheduled.

But that's enough of the doom and gloom.  For the moment,
let's celebrate this worthy U.K. MARVEL weekly from the past,
and live again those halcyon days when everything seemed right
with the world.  It may have been only an illusion cultivated by our
ignorance of what lay before us, but illusions are sometimes the
best and dearest companions of our youth.  Now - enjoy!

Big JOHN BUSCEMA shows how to compose a cover - a classic!

This was the very first X-MEN story I ever read - in the pages of
FANTASTIC #7 by ODHAMS PRESS in 1967.  Like this printing,
it was split into two parts and continued in the next week's issue