DC Action

June 30, 2008

There have always been UK comics reprinting DC material. Some were more successful than others. DC Action lasted a mere 6 issues in 1990. I must have issues 1 and 2 somewhere but here are the other 4 issues.

The Superman and Batman magazine-sized UK reprint comics also being published by “London Editions” at the time had a more respectable period on the newsagent’s shelves. In line with many UK comics before and since they often had a “free gift” taped to the cover such as this Green Lantern metal badge.

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Loving Awareness Band

June 28, 2008

In 2005 the legendary Loving Awareness LP of 1975 finally appeared on CD. The original LP only sold a few thousand copies in the couple of years before punk music pushed prog rock even further underground than it already was. The LP being available only in either a plain white or plain black sleeve along with claims by their management that they were the next Beatles didn’t help sales.

The music was however perfectly executed by seasoned musicians who would go on to form the nucleus of “The Blockheads” of “Ian Dury and the Blockheads” fame. (If you’ve recently returned from outer space and haven’t ever heard “Hit me with your Rythm Stick”, “Reasons to be Cheerful Part three” and the first Album “New Boots and Panties” go and check it out now.)

The Loving Awareness Band were managed by Ronan O’Rahilly which meant their music was plugged constantly on Radio Caroline. Extracts of their music still appears within Caroline jingles to this day.

Time is right to find one another
There is love in all to discover
Don’t you ever wonder what you’re really here for
Don’t you ever wonder what you’re really here for

And what’s it to you if I love you
What’s it to you if I love you -oooh

All want existence
Don’t want not to be
All want a consciousness
Don’t want not to be free
All want loving
Don’t want not to be loved
We’ve got to rid ourselves of fear
-and doubt, and pain and insecurity
You see – aimless use of energy

All want loving – You know
Don’t want not to be loved
Why can’t we live a life of love
In harmony and peace, equality
Understand the oneness in all life

What’s it to you if I love you
What’s it to you if I love you

Lets make love all night
Let’s make up our minds forever
Just stop this telling lies whatever
Happened to the Flower Power
Hiccup on the sulphur power
Power for the wrong desire
Power for the wrong desire
How did such a good ideal
turn so sour

All want existence – you know
Dont want not to be
All want a consciousness
Don’t want not to be free
All want lovin’
Don’t want not to be loved
We’ve got to rid ourselves of fear
-and doubt, and pain and insecurity
You see –  aimless use of energy,
Hatred raised, shameless faces of hypocrisy
When all we want is love

All want loving
Don’t want not to be loved
Why can’t we live a life of love
and harmony – peace – peace and equality
Understand the one there’s in all life
The one there’s in our life
The fear, the doubt, the pain and insecurity
You see – aimless use of energy,
Fear and doubt and pain
All the bullshit going down in Spain
All we want is lovin’
All we want is love

When are we going to find this loving habit
When are we going to find it
Reach out and grab it !

You only get the goodies you really need
and you really need them now
You only get the dirties you really dig
and you release them
You only get the goodies you really need
and you really need them
You only get the dirties you really dig
And you releave them
Everything is going out tonight
when we dig your plan

One thing to remember loving is a habit
to get into in this incarnation
fallin’ to the feelin’
true love reappearing
overflowing like a recreation
Day by day
In every way
Life is getting better and better
Believe it

From the days of “Peace” and “Love” they were roughly the lyrics to the last track  on the album entitled “Existence”.  Don’t you ever wonder what you’re really here for ?? 

I like the Lois Lane of the 1960s and early 1970s. Usually she is ever-optimistic of one day being Mrs Superman. Here when he fails to show up for her birthday party she finally cracks.

Our Atomic Future

June 25, 2008

Charlton Comics Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds 5 from 1957. The future then was expected to be an improvement on the past. Now we’re not so sure.

Lets just have a closer look at the last two panels.

In the year 2008 our electricity costs are at an all-time high. Fifty years on and many power stations still use gas or coal. Older nuclear power stations are due to be de-commissioned and our government is dragging its feet as regards decisions on replacements. The set-up costs for nuclear power stations are enormous. What do you do with the waste? There are numerous issues of safety and financing to consider.

I’m not sure if I’d be happy with a mini nuclear reactor under my bonnet. Although with petrol at £6 per gallon…………………….

Devilina

June 23, 2008

Atlas Comics

For a few months in the mid 1970s Seaboard adopted the name “Atlas” and attempted a line of colour comics. The initial impetus soon faded with most titles lasting only 3 or 4 issues. Their black and white magazines fared no better. Devilina only appeared twice.

And yet the contents of this first issue weren’t bad at all and contained a well-crafted adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.

They must have decided on the title “Devilina” very late in the day. The magazine was originally to be called “Tales of the Sorceress”. This advert actually appeared in Devilina No 1. With haphazard editing like that you know the company is going nowhere fast.

I always wanted to send off for some “Sea Monkeys”. In fact there was loads of stuff in those classified ads of the comics of the 1960s and 1970s that we in the UK could only drool over from afar.

“Weird Tales of the Macabre”, one of Seaboard’s other short-lived black and white magazines also had an advert for the shortly to be renamed “Tales of the Sorceress”.

Now where have I seen this cover before?

Nuff Said 5

June 22, 2008

We more usually associate Steve Ditko with Spiderman/Dr Strange/Mr A/Captain Atom/Hawk and the Dove and hundreds of Mystery/Suspense shorts for Marvel and Charlton. This appeared in Wally Wood’s “Witzend”.

Charlton’s Go-Go

June 21, 2008

Most of the remaining issues in the UK seem to be owned by Silveracre.com !!