Sunday, 19 April 2015


Every week, for about 10 or 12 years, I used to visit a little
village surrounded by the sea.  The stone cottages, the rowboats on
the beach, the hills in the distance, all were familiar sights to me for a
large chunk of my childhood and teenage years.  To me, this village
existed only in a print of a painting that hung on my grandparents'
livingroom wall above the fireplace (although, as far as I know, it's
a real location), and that framed window was a portal into
a place of peace and tranquility beside the seashore.

I still visit that little little island today on occasion, as that
selfsame painting passed into our possession when my grandparents
moved into an old folks home in the late '70s or early '80s.  When I
want to remember those halcyon days (to use a well-worn phrase) of
my childhood, I'll wander into the room in which it hangs and stand
and gaze upon it, recalling a vanished era that becomes more pre-
cious to me the farther it recedes on the horizon of history.

The painting is by an artist named T.R. SANDERSON,
of whom I can find no personal details when I Google the name,
although there are examples of his or her art on view.  Does anyone
know anything about the artist, and - even more important - can you
identify where the above picture was actually painted?  Who knows,
one day I may actually stand on the spot where the painting was
produced, and pretend to myself that I've stepped through the
frame and onto that far distant shore. 


All images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Still with us?  Good.  Here's a post that all those who lived
through the '70s and bought the comics of the era should enjoy.
CAPTAIN BRITAIN, a weekly periodical published by MARVEL
U.K., probably had more colour in it than any other British comic
(outside of a nursery title) on sale at the time.  Sadly, it wasn't to last
for the mag's entire run, but it made the initial issues stand out as
something different from its stablemates and competitors.

I'd bought the first five issues (seen in part one) while working
in the warehouse of my local BOOTS THE CHEMIST, and one
glance at them and I'm back walking the corridors I last trod nearly 40
years ago.  (I used to buy the comic from JOHN MENZIES while on
my way to work in the morning.)  At some stage in the late '70s or early
'80s, I gave all my CBs (and also the merged SUPER SPIDER-MAN
CAPTAIN BRITAIN issues) to a pal, who still has most of them.
I kept #1, but a few years later, I regretted my rash action and
started buying replacement issues from various sources.

This results in an odd situation, in that, although I still retain
the initial impressions and associations that these comics made on
me when I bought them the first time around, because I was living in
another house when I acquired the replacements, many of the issues
also conjure up memories of my time there as well as my previous
(original) set of recollections.  It's almost as if I've  lived two lives
around  the same comics, strange as that may sound.

However, my self-indulgent reminiscences have held you
back long enough from all the goodies awaiting you.  It's now
time for you to refresh your own personal recollections connected
to the five issues set forth here - so cast your mind back to the long
ago, and prepare to relive yesteryear as if were happening in the
here and now for the very first time.  (And don't be shy about
sharing your memories with the rest of us.)


At last - part six of ON THE SCENE, featuring the original
CAPTAIN MARVEL.  It's been almost a year since part five in
this occasional series, and I reckon two more instalments will cover
practically the complete 1966 magazine.  Still to come is a feature on
the then-new BATMAN movie with ADAM WEST and BURT
WARD, plus more great ads than you can shake a stick at.

See you in part seven - if not before!


Are you of a nervous disposition?  Do you scare easily?
Are you always looking behind you at the slightest noise?
Them lean forward and listen closely - I've got something to
say to you.  Now, I don't want you to be alarmed, but...

Okay, now that I've got your attention (don't worry, I'll
wait 'til you come down off the ceiling), I just wanted to say
that, with this instalment, we've now completed  our gallery
of all 15 issues of SCREAM!, first published over 30
years ago by IPC MAGAZINES.

So - I'll leave you to it then.

Unfortunately, because there was no issue  #16, the
fourth part of the above poster was never published
(as far as I know)

And just when you thought it was safe to look under
the bed, here are all 5 covers to the Holiday Specials.
Right, off to the bathroom cabinet with you and have your
tranquilisers.  Sleep tight - and ignore the tapping on your
window - you don't want to know what's out there,
believe me.  You really don't.