Thursday, 17 May 2018

THE POWER PACK OF KEN REID...



If you're a fan of the late, great KEN REID, you'll have been over the moon to discover recently that a two-volume set is soon to be released of Ken's complete strips from WHAM!, SMASH!, and POW! - three of the five POWER COMICS that were around back in the '60s.  (He never did anything for the other two, FANTASTIC and TERRIFIC.)  The volumes will be available individually, and also in a handsome slipcase edition which comes with reproductions of some of Ken's original art.

Well-respected BEANO artist NIGEL PARKINSON and equally well-respected comics historian STEVE HOLLAND have each provided an Introduction for the tomes, as has Ken's son ANTONY J. REID - and also the publisher IRMANTAS POVILAIKA, enthusiastic expert on - as well as keen collector of - many classic British comics.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but will probably be around £25 per volume and around £60 or so for the slipcase edition containing both books and the art facsimiles.  Keep your eyes peeled on Irmantas's blog, KAZOOP, for further details as they become available.  (And I'll also keep you posted - as, no doubt, will other blogs.)  Certainly something to look forward to, eh?

In the meantime, enjoy looking at these handsome covers, kindly supplied by Irmantas himself.  Good man.



17 comments:

Irmantas said...

Thanks for the plug, Kid! :)

Kid said...

That's nothing - wait 'til I give you the sink that goes with it.

Phil S said...

Hey mate! Glad to see you’re back. I’m going to put you on the spot. I was watching Man About the House on YouTube and saw that Pauline Wilcox had a tv show in the 70s called Miss Jones and Son. She plays an artist and they use comicbook style graphics to start the show. Give it a look on YouTube and see if you can ID who the artist was. I have no idea. I didn’t even remember the show.

Kid said...

I'm not sure I remember the show either, PS. The art style looks familiar and I feel I should know it, and were someone to say a name I'd probably remember it right away, but it escapes me for the moment. It looks very D.C. Thomson-ish though.

Philip Crawley said...

If you wait long enough...thanks for the heads up on this one, been a long time coming indeed. Me I'll probably just go vol 2, having the collection from v1 already in those so expensive (very) limited runs. You know the ones that I mean. Now, if the powers that be would finally publish the Epic Silver Surfer volume covering the John Buscema issues!

Kid said...

Might be an idea to get rid of the one you have on eBay, PC, and buy the slipcase edition when it comes out. I understand that there'll be a detailed biography of Ken's Odhams years in Irmantas's Introductions, containing previously unseen illustrations of ideas by Ken that never saw print. As for the Silver Surfer stories, the Omnibus edition is excellent, and you might be able to get one on Amazon at a vastly reduced price. Might be worth checking out.

Philip Crawley said...

Thanks for the advice K, but I just had a quick look around at the pricing on copies of the SS Omnibus - and I don't feel like mortgaging my house to buy a book! As for the Ken Reid volume in hand - I'll see how the availability and pricing plays out before I offload a bird-in-the-hand as far as the volume I have is concerned. To put it mildly I am less than impressed with shipping prices on anything from the UK these days. I used to order a lot from the UK back in the day, but now not so much. I don't know if the couriers (or whomever is responsible to sending items from one country to another)are trying to get their slice of the action as far as online trading goes but they are in danger of killing the goose!

Kid said...

Just took a look on Amazon myself, PC, and was surprised (to put it mildly) at the price. (£375.) I thought you'd have been able to pick one up at around £40. Regarding the Ken Reid books, they'll be shipped from Lithuania, not Britain, so postage may well be cheaper. I know what you mean though - shipping fees from America for items on eBay are extreme, but I suspect that's the sellers ripping the p*ss.

Paul Mcscotty said...

Just back from a long (1 month) holiday so very nice news on my arrival back home. Will depend on price (inc packaging) but very interested in both (despite having 9% of the original strips in comic form). Any idea if the covers are originals by Ken Reid, I can't place seeing these before (the slip case illo is lovely I remember that from a "Dare A day Davy" strip - excellent choice)

Paul Mcscotty said...

Ahh jsut read your post again so did (as I assume) Irmantas draew these, very nice - sorry thought by "supplied" you meant he gave you the cover scans.

Kid said...

The illo on the cover of the slipcase is a 'self-portrait' by Ken Reid, PM, and the two illos on the covers of the books are by an artist whose name is unknown to me (not Irmantas), based, I believe, on panels by Ken himself. Yes, he supplied the cover scans to me exclusively, though mock ups of the books and slipcase can be seen on his own blog. Enjoy your holiday?

Paul Mcscotty said...

Yeah I have that slipcase illo somewhere in my collection - Holiday was amazing thanks (Australia for 3 weeks Singapore for 2 days and 3 days back home in St Andrews) - incidentally saw loads of UK annuals from about 1977- 1982 in St Andrews (anda couple in Aus) but didn't buy any as cutting back - Only bought one Savage Sword Of Conan mag in Melbourne for about £6.50 from 1978.

Kid said...

I keep saying I'm going to cut back - then I see something (like this slipcase edition) that I simply can't resist. I've bought a stack of Annuals (KNOCKOUT and TV21) over the last few months , might complete the WHIZZER & CHIPS ones next.

Paul Mcscotty said...

Ideally I want to cut back my collection by over 70% to enable me to pick up more of the comics I really want i.e. US 1967 - 1975 ish Marvel, DCs , Archie's etc but I need to get to grips and tidy up my collection first its a total "guddle" but after putting in an average 14 hour day (not the worst I know) I'm to tired to even consider looking at it when I get home - and worse, even now with a few days off work other priorities always seem to take hold in this case I have 5 weeks grass and weed growth to attend to lol.

Kid said...

Tell me about it - there's always something else needing done. And when I do get a moment to look through my stuff, a hundred-and-one memories associated with the comics resurface on sight of the covers and I'm loath to part with any of them. And then there are the toys and other collectables to consider. It's a monumental task. I sometimes wonder if I've got enough time left to ever accomplish it. Good luck with the gardening.

AirPiratePress said...

Nice plug for the Ken Reid collected volumes, Mr R ... Reid is one of the few UK artists I own an original of ... I was a fan of Reid long before I knew his name. Sounds like £50 or £60 well-spent! -- Alan McK

Kid said...

Ta, Mr. McK. I've got original art by Reid, Baxendale, Parlett, and a few others. Maybe one day I'll have them framed and put them on display. Can't wait until the books come out.

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