Magic Robot’s back

Sep 1, 2014


Beep Beep Boop dept:    Perhaps. Perhaps not. I thought I’d give WordPress another go but in the last few weeks they’ve rolled out yet more “improvements” that make the cursor jump around the screen and turn writing a simple post into an ordeal so perhaps I won’t be posting too regularly after all…….

Funny Ha Ha dept:    So we’ve recently been told that the world’s funniest joke is:-  “I’ve decided to sell my Hoover. Well, it was only collecting dust…..”, closely followed by Tommy Cooper’s :-  “I’m on a whisky diet. I’ve lost three days already.”

Funny Peculiar dept:     I read in the Daily Mail (that’s if you believe any of the rubbish written there) that 15% of all UK Internet traffic is “cat-related” ?!?.

Proud to be a nonscrot dept:       Borag thung. I recently purchased my annual 2000AD magazine and was unsurprised that it continues it’s downward spiral. No zarjaz science fiction was to be found within the pages. The art was mediocre. Only the Judge Dredd strip made the slightest bit of sense to me. My only brief amusement was found in that Judge Dredd strip concerning a space explorer who had returned to earth (hardly any older) after 70 years away. Her name is given as Indira Knight, so it looks like the writer reads the Sunday Times newspaper columnists.

Next issue on sale next week dept:      If you’d like something to read from November 1948 click here.

The first pirate dept:       I recently caught a fascinating programme hidden away on BBC Radio 4 extra about the life and times of Captain Plugge. This would have made a great film as he was evidently one of those “larger-than-life” characters who just got things to happen. He was a pioneer in “in-car entertainment” with a home-made car radio back in the 1920s. Such was his success at promotion that no doubt the term “to plug” something by advertising it derives from him. He was the instigator of Radio Normandy (and others) which broadcast popular music with English announcers  from the continent to the UK (even on Sundays !?!)  thirty years before Radio Caroline. If WW2 hadn’t upset things who knows how British Broadcasting would have turned out….


Sep 1, 2014


Yikes! The swinging sixties are now a lifetime ago and on the 19th of this month Lesley will be !*@&!! years old.

The original writer

Sep 1, 2014

the original writer

There may be a handful of readers who won’t know who wrote this comic as the writer isn’t credited (no doubt on his own insistence).


attention parents

The original writer continued to send the Marvelman story down unexpected paths with the 9th issue and it’s explicit depiction of childbirth.


PS: If you read the small print you discover that this (the October issue) shouldn’t actually exist. How odd. I don’t think the original writer would ever have made mistakes like that.

published monthly

Married with children

Sep 1, 2014


The TV sitcom “Married with children” ran for 10 years. I’ve only just discovered that NOW Comics produced over 30 comics about the dysfunctional Bundy family in the first half of the 1990s.


I particularly like the story where Peggy and Kelly are abducted by aliens. The aliens reject them as being too ugly and take Peggy’s mother instead, much to the delight of the brow-beaten Al.



do not

Having just read it I have to agree. Do not buy this book.


Sep 1, 2014


I was recently presented with a humungous heap of tatty DC Thompson “Champ” comics from the 1980s. Until that moment I didn’t even realise “Champ” existed. It seems it was the final (so far) anthology boy’s adventure comic they produced. As it only survived for 87 issues before it merged with “Victor” and as I had about 60 issues in front of me, Galactus knows why but I set about the task of acquiring the missing issues. Only six more issues to get and then I’ll have the complete heap of worthless yellowing newsprint.