|"Hurry up and take the photo - my bum's cold!" Photo by me|
Wednesday 23 March 2011
Meet ZARA THUSTRASIA... or Zara for short. I merely split the name into two and added an 'sia' to transform 'Zarathustra' into the feminine. German Shepherds are the best dogs in the world ever, and Zara was mine. Isn't she a beauty? (In a purely platonic way, you understand. Hrrmmph.) Nice doggie. (Sadly deceased.) Kennel Club registered of course - from a line of champions.
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Thursday 17 March 2011
(FOOTNOTE: When the U.S. strips were reprinted in Britain many years ago, the title was renamed after the character's live-action '60s TV show, JUST DENNIS (The PICKLE), to avoid confusion with the Thomson's character. In 1976 or '77, DENIS GIFFORD, the late British comics historian and collector, made mention of this fact in the pages of an issue of his ALLY SLOPER magazine, and received an irate letter from a young American reader who had mistakenly assumed that Denis was saying the strip's name-change had occurred in the USA - so it seems our Stateside cousins are just as enthusiastic about their version of Dennis as we are of ours.)
(All images on this post are copyright of D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.)
Posted by Kid at Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday 14 March 2011
Thursday 3 March 2011
As I said in the previous post (here), when SMASH! shuffled off this mortal coil (on 27th March 1971), its ghost haunted VALIANT for a while - but that wasn't the only way in which it managed to maintain a presence for another few years past its final issue. Right up until 1975, a SMASH! Annual appeared every year in August/September for the following year. (That is, the Annual which went on sale at the end of a year in the run-up to Christmas was for the year to come.)
SMASH! had ten Annuals in total - four in its ODHAMS incarnation, six in the IPC/FLEETWAY one, but there was an eleventh book in the form of the SMASH FUN BOOK 1971. Feast your eyes on the covers for 1971 to 1976 in the pic-fest which follows.