Sunday, 30 June 2013

THE ORIGINAL SWAMP THING COVER GALLERY - PART THREE...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Here are the final eight covers of the original SWAMP THING
series from the '70s.  NESTOR REDONDO drew #s 17, 18, 19 & 21,
and ERNIE CHAN (CHAU) drew #s 20, 22, 23 & 24.  If you saw the
previous two instalments, you've now seen every cover in the complete
run of 24.  At last - your life is almost complete and you can cross off
one more thing on your list of 'things to do before you die'.  No,
don't thank me - I live to serve. 







SUPER SUNDAY SPECIAL: THE RETURN OF JOHNNY FUTURE...

 
 
For all you frantic followers of JOHNNY FUTURE, the caped and
cowled crusader makes a welcome return to the pages of this humble blog
in a new, regular, Sunday slot. Drawn by LUIS BERMEJO and published
in the pages of FANTASTIC in the 1960s, this is one of the more popular
and best-remembered POWER COMICS strips of the time.
 
Incidentally, the figure in the final panel on the last page isn't the
sole work of Luis Bermejo. The artistic integrity of the picture has been
compromised by clumsy retouching in an attempt to cover any suggestion
of nakedness. As you'll see in upcoming episodes, there is no consistency
to the way the alterations have been executed, 'though you'd think that
the editors would have assigned such revisions to someone with a
degree of skill. Apparently not, sadly.
 
It's a shame that portions of the art have been ruined in this way,
but let's try not to dwell on these thankfully few instances and instead
focus on untampered examples of comic strip art at its finest.
 
See you all next week for Part Two, fellow fans!
   

Saturday, 29 June 2013

FULL-COLOUR FRANKIE FROM 1966...



And now, a sensational Saturday treat for all you FRANKIE STEIN
fans - a full-colour 3-page fun-fest from the very first WHAM! Annual,
for 1966 (issued in Aug-Sept '65).  Drawn by the inimitable KEN REID,
it's sure to tickle your fancy and spruce up your sporran.  However,
don't take my word for it - read it for yourselves. 



FROM THE MARVEL U.K. VAULTS - THE INCREDIBLE HULK...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

Out now - this super new book reprinting various HULK tales created
specifically by and for we Brits.  If you're a Yank, you may be interested
in seeing how a bunch of Limeys handled one of your best-loved super-
heroes, so get yourselves along to your local comics shop and pick up a
copy now!  You'll be glad you did.  (Brits will enjoy it too, of course.)

Friday, 28 June 2013

PART TWO OF WALL'S SKY RAY DOCTOR WHO ALBUM & CARDS...



Welcome to the second part of WALL'S SKY RAY DOCTOR
WHO album and cards, in which you can see all 36 cards, illustrated by
PATRICK WILLIAMS, the artist who also drew At Night Stalks THE
SPECTRE (the British version) in the pages of SMASH! back in the '60s.
He drew many other strips as well, of course - including FIREBALL
XL5 in the 1965 TV CENTURY 21 SUMMER EXTRA.

Thanks to the kindly collector who sent me scans of the enclosed
images - shame he couldn't include a Sky Ray iced lolly as well.

Click here for Part One.














And here's a taster of what the back of the cards looked like:

WHAM! IN THE '70s - NOT QUITE DEAD YET...



Weekly comic WHAM! had barely managed to drag itself across the
doorstep of January 1968 before suffering the inglorious fate of being
merged with younger stablemate POW!  At that time, Wham! was one of
my favourite comics (alongside sister publication FANTASTIC), so I
was none too pleased to see it relegated to the position of support act
for another pulsating POWER PACK periodical.


There were six 'proper' Wham! Annuals published by ODHAMS
PRESS, the last being issued in '70 for '71.  Strangely, 'though, Wham!
survived the demise of the Power era  (and the transformation of 'last
comic standing' - SMASH! - into a VALIANT clone in March of 1969).
 In 1971, Wham! Annual 1972 was released by FLEETWAY, and - apart
from the logo - bore absolutely no resemblance to any of its half-dozen
predecessors, containing, to the best of my knowledge, not one single
strip that had ever appeared in the weekly title.


Whereas the six Odhams Annuals had contained mostly humour
strips, the Fleetway version was mainly an adventure book, and readers
buying it because of warm memories of the weekly (or earlier Annuals)
must have been bewildered by the unfamiliar content.  Where were The
TIDDLERS, FRANKIE STEIN, or the HUMBUGS?  Where was PEST
Of The WEST?  Gone South by the look of it - along with FOOTSIE
The CLOWN, GLUGG and SAMMY SHRINK.


There were two other Annuals in the series, although this time they
were combined titles - WHAM! And POW! Annual 1973 (on sale in
'72) and 1974 (issued in '73).  Strictly speaking, the books should have
been called Pow! And Wham!, because that was the name of the merged
weekly - not vice versa.  (I guess Wham! received top billing because
it had been released first and had published more weekly issues.)


I had originally bought Wham! comic for the MARVEL reprints
of the FANTASTIC FOUR, and by the time the last two of these three
Fleetway Annuals came out, I was reliving the FF's adventures in The
MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL, alongside the HULK and SPIDER-
MAN, which had once appeared in Smash! and Pow! respectively.


Strange now to think that (unnoticed by me at the time) some of
my once-favourite comic titles continued in name for years afterwards -
although the superhero spectaculars that had made them so compulsive
were being published in another periodical that was now at the top of my
comics list.  In my mind, Wham! and Pow! had died in the '60s - to think
that an Annual for them was issued in the same years as the first
two Marvel Annuals is, to me, simply astounding.


It's similar to archeaologists believing that two creatures were separated
by an immense period of time, only to discover fossils of them in the same
strata of rock and realizing that they both co-existed (even if one of them
was just about to become extinct).

However, that's enough fanciful nonsense from
me - enjoy the accompanying images.

WALL'S SKY RAY DOCTOR WHO ALBUM & CARDS - PART ONE...



Well, we're not quite halfway through the CADET DALEKS sweet
cigarette cards, but I thought I'd take a detour and present the first part of
the WALL'S SKY RAY DOCTOR WHO iced lolly album and cards for all
those who can't wait to see them.  Tough luck 'though - 'cos you'll still have
to wait until the 2nd instalment to see all 36 cards - but, in the meantime,
here are a few images to whet your appetite.

Click here for Part Two.














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