Tuesday, 29 January 2013

'UNSEEN' T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS...

 
 
Well, more-than-likely unseen if you're an American reader, probably
unseen if you're a British one younger than 30. Back in 1986, a new comic
hit the shelves of U.K. newsagents - T.H.U.N.D.E.R. ACTION. 'Limited
Edition' screamed the cover, and it was limited - it only lasted a mere four
issues - but I don't think that's what the claim was intended to refer to.
 
 
The comic presented reprints of WALLY WOOD's T.H.U.N.D.E.R.
AGENTS, which I assume were unauthorised as they were printed direct
from scans of the original comics, in a style similar to THE TITANS and
SUPER SPIDER-MAN from MARVEL U.K. (This consisted of printing
two U.S. pages side by side on one U.K. page.) Other material was presented
in the traditional way however, so it was published as an 'upright' mag,
not an actual 'landscape' one.
 
 
Amongst the new material over the four-issue run were two stories
featuring DYNAMO and one with NOMAN. The first one was in black
and white, so I've posted them out of sequence as I wanted to grab your
attention with a colour page. Anyway, if you're a T.H.U.N.D.E.R. fan, you
might enjoy seeing these little known adventures from 1986. So, without
any further ado, let's return to a time when I was exactly half the age I
am now. (And believe me, that makes me feel very ancient indeed.)
 
For further info on this short-lived series, click here.
 
 



 

14 comments:

DeadSpiderEye said...

Interesting episode from the history of British comics. I've not seen this publication before, print outlets are thin on the ground where I live and it probably didn't make it into our branch of Smiths.

It's interesting to note the original material has that layout artist look, the sort of thing that seemed to be prevalent amongst British illustrators without a comic background. Still he does a reasonable job, I'm sure he'd've developed given a decent chance.

Kid said...

I'm sure it would have looked even better had it been lettered by a good professional calligrapher. The typeset ltg does it no favours.

DeadSpiderEye said...

Good lettering can make a significant difference to a comic. They've used those square speech bubbles to accommodate the typesetting, I would imagine they had it all galley set before hand, does nothing for the look. To be honest I don't like typography in comics at all, even with the captions set below the panels, I think hand lettering enhances the look.

Kid said...

As do I (but I would think that). What I dislike about modern computer lettering is all those perfectly elliptical speech balloon shapes. No matter how good the font might be, the balloons tend to look as if they're floating over the page, rather than being part of the actual art.

baab said...

A wee likeness of Samantha Fox in the first strip.

Kid said...

Hi Baab - more than a 'wee' likeness. It refers to the fact in the strip itself.

Anonymous said...

Without actually naming her, one notices :-)

Kid said...

No need to name her, the resemblance is obvious. There can't have been many (if any) readers who didn't spot it, as Sam Fox was everywhere at the time. But at least we know from the text that the likeness is a deliberate one. So, no name mentioned, but likeness referred to.

baab said...

I obviously did not read it-I just looked at the piktchers!

Nothing about it grabbed me enough to actually read the damn thing!
Ah well.

Kid said...

Well, we're going to have to deal with you very seriously, Baab. No custard creams for a week. There, that'll teach you.

moonmando said...

Guess i must deserve a custard cream ban also,as the picktchers were the first things that jumped out of the page for me!..Ahem,so to speak! Here is after all,a guy that still gets a mild stirring in the loins,merely recalling a certain,Jessica Rabbit....Oh,dear!

Kid said...

Ah, Jessica - now there was a rabbit - er, I mean a woman. (Kathleen Turner was the model for her, apparently.)

John Pitt said...

I had COMPLETELY forgotten about this UK comic. U wonder how many other titles I can't remember? Do you know where there's a complete list of UK titles on line?

Kid said...

I'm not sure, but I suspect there will be. Not sure where you'd find it 'though.