Fantasy and Adventure
August 2, 2010
If you ever go on a giant holiday (as opposed to a normal-sized holiday I presume) these telephone-directory-sized books are ideal. One on top of the other makes a useful seat for a small child….or I suppose you could even read them…….
These two “comic albums” were edited/compiled by Mike Hugg Higgs, ex Manfred Mann creator of “The Cloak” etc etc and published by Hawk Books in 1989. I don’t know the criteria involved in the selection of material. It seems an odd/random assortment to me. The entire contents were evidentally originally seen in comics (Lion, Valiant etc) and pocketbooks (Thriller, Sexton Blake etc) published by Fleetway in the 1950s and 1960s.
We are often told that vast amounts of UK comic artwork has been destroyed or lost after companies closed down or amalgamated with no thought to to potential value of their inventories. The artwork in these books is so muddy I suspect that it was taken from old comics themselves rather than the originals.
As Marvel and DC continue to flood the market with stacks of “Essentials” and “Showcase Presents” it is a shame that here in the UK we can’t manage to package a few of the more interesting comic characters from the second half of the C20th into reasonably priced books…or even magazines……. All that seems to be available are expensive coffee table volumes collecting Dan Dare or newspaper strips like Modesty Blaise. I suppose there wouldn’t be enough people eager to buy a “Fleetway” version of D.C. Thompson’s “Classic Comics” monthly. I’ll have to content myself by re-reading these 576 pages…….until Mr Higgs’ much-anticipated collection of “The Cloak” is published……