Sunday, 24 June 2012
WHAM! - A POWER PACK ANNUAL...
Look at the first picture on the bottom tier of the above page -
I believe that's ROBERT BARTHOLOMEW (otherwise known as
BART - although perhaps it's ALBERT COSSER) who was the editor
of Wham!. It really is a good likeness, regardless of which of the two
gentlemen it is. How do I know? I occasionally saw this him around the
hallways of KING'S REACH TOWER when I was down in London, and
MARC JUNG (sub-editor of BUSTER) identified him (as either Bart or
Cos, can't quite remember). Imagine my surprise when, a few years ago,
I was leafing through some old letters and found one from the late-'70s
from LOOK & LEARN (in response to an enquiry of mine), signed by
'Robert Bartholomew', the editor. It hadn't clicked with me at the
time, but just think - I had the autograph of an editor from one of
the favourite comics of my youth and didn't even know it!
BIFF (below) later turned up in THUNDER as SAM, a fact
which LEO BAXENDALE wouldn't have been happy about as he
wasn't paid for the re-use of the ones he'd drawn. It was his annoy-
ance at this that later caused him to quit U.K. comics altogether. The
irony is, if publishers hadn't defrayed the cost of a title by reprinting a
limited number of old strips, they may not have been able to publish
the comic to begin with - or continue with it if circulation started to
fall. Result - less work to go around for jobbing cartoonists.
(Or vastly reduced page-rates for everyone.) Catch 22?
And now - the one you're all waiting for - FRANKIE STEIN
by Ken Reid - in colour. Who says this blog doesn't deliver the
goods, eh? Given the rather abrupt way the tale ends, I can't help
but feel it's a page short. When I first read it, I turned over the last
page expecting it to continue on the following one - but nope, that's
all there was. Ken's pages towards the end of his career lacked the
vitality and spontaneity of his earlier work, being somewhat stiff
and stilted - but here we have him at his absolute best, so be
sure to savour every brushstroke and penline.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, June 24, 2012