And about time too

February 1, 2014

The Bojeffries Saga

Next month they finally get around to re-printing the fab “Bojeffries Saga”. And later in the year, after being serialised in monthly floppies the Miracleman book “A Dream of Flying (Book 1)” will finally be available once again (and this time it’s been coloured properly). Two of the finest Graphic Novels ever.

PS: I’m still awaiting the publication of this book. It seems to have been in preparation for years but it IS a complex subject. Rob Kirby compiled a massive article on British Marvel comics in the April 2013 issue of “Back Issue” which I found absolutely fascinating but must have confused the hell out of the majority of it’s American readers!!!!

From Cents to Pence dummy cover

Actually, the sub-title is slightly confusing. British Marvel….ie the offshoot of American Marvel..only began in 1972. Marvel’s big mistake was to listen to some marketing genius who evidentally said they should try and maintain the look and feel of British comics when they introduced “Mighty World of Marvel” in the same size and same un-glossy covers as the current Victor/Buster etc etc. They would soon move to glossy covers but kept to the Black-and-white interiors and continued to annoy comic collectors who found imported Spiderman/FF etc comics had been stopped so as not to (in theory) dilute the sales of the British versions. Only towards the end, sometime in the 1990s did British Marvel finally adopt the traditional American size for their books.

It is true that British reprints of American Marvel Comics (usually random assorted strips rather than complete comics) were around from 1951ish though but they were just licenced reprints from the likes of Len Miller and Alan Class rather than anything organised by Marvel/Atlas/Cadance or whatever they were calling themselves at the time. From the mid 1990s Panini took on the role of supplying British kids with their X-Men excetera fix.

Fry knee

February 1, 2014

Phryne1

Yes, that’s how you pronounce “Phryne”. The glamorous Miss Fisher, played by the glamorous Essie Davis, as seen in ABCs “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” is yet another private detective who solves crimes without ever appearing to need to get paid for her services! She is a thoroughly modern lady living in late 1920s Melbourne. A big house, butler, assistant, the latest Paris fashions and a sporty Hispano-Suiza car are somehow all available to her.

Phryne2

Posters

February 1, 2014

Radio Caroline Poster


RNI Poster

Same but different

February 1, 2014

Action Comics 1

If you’re stuck for an idea for a cover why not just copy (with subtle modifications) an older one?

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Romilly Lunge

February 1, 2014

Romilly

Ernest Romilly Maundrell Lunge. Now THAT’S a name you wouldn’t forget!!! But who was he? It seems he was an English actor who appeared in a few films in the 1930s and one final film in 1940. Perhaps he was then in the armed forces? He evidentally then made a new career that didn’t involve acting and died as recently as 1994. I only chanced on the name due to the fact that his chosen mode of transport in the 1970s appears to have been a Bond Equipe!!!

Coming round again

February 1, 2014

It’s well over two years since DC comics re-launched most of their titles. So, it was inevitable that Detective Comics No 27 would come round again. Of course, the May 1939 Detective Comics No 27 is famous for featuring the first appearance of Batman. Now, a mere 75 years later the character has entered folklore and appears in more monthly titles than you can shake a stick at.

Detective 27

It’s probably time to shake a stick at Marvel Comics too. This month a number of their titles have re-booted back to number ones. I can’t get too excited. It’s not like it’s the first time. Flicking through a few of the new issues they look as unreadable as ever. I will pick up the new She-Hulk No 1, but the current creators have some very big boots to fill……

Stop Press!

February 1, 2014

Bond 875


Bond 875 specification