Unusual comics

May 1, 2016

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Although all Charlton comics are unusual, if not downright bonkers, some are more unusual than others. “Unusual Tales” appeared bi-monthly for a decade or so, finishing with issue No 49 in March/April 1965. All well and good. Two months later the comic continued with issue No 50, but now it was titled “Blue Beetle”. After five issues as “Blue Beetle” to March 1966 it then became “Ghostly Tales” in May 1966 which ran from issue No 55 to issue No 169 in October 1984. Charlton would finish publishing comics altogether within the next twelve months.

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There is some sort of logic about all of the above. Yet somehow, someone at Charlton Comics decided to issue another comic that continued on from “Unusual Tales” 49. And No 50 in 1966 is part of Volume Two when Volume Three had already appeared a year earlier ?!? But as issue No 50 of “Shadows from Beyond” published in October 1966 ended up being a one-off anyway rather than the promised quarterly publication I guess it’s not important in the great scheme of things. Just another unusual comic that’s received a mention in this Blog.

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Wanted

April 1, 2016

As a fan of odd comics these titles are currently on my “wants” list. I’ve managed to collect all of the Dell Monkees comics and quite a number of the UK “Lady Penelope” weeklies that contain Monkees strips. However I’ve never seen this Gold Key comic featuring their 1968 movie. “Head” contains some fantastic music amongst the often mediocre sketches. I particularly like their versions of Carole King’s “As we go along” and “Porpoise Song”, Mike’s “Circle Sky” and Davy singing Nilsson’s “Daddy’s Song”. Although care has to be taken with that one. Davy is dancing with Toni Basil whilst set and clothes flash alternately between black and a migraine-inducing white.

Head by Rich Meyer

Here’s another one that looks interesting. I’d like to read it just for the Monkees backup strip.

Mothers by Rich Meyer

Charlton comics were always oddly numbered. “The Flintstones Pebbles and BamBam” survived for five issues until in issue six it suddenly became “Team-Up”. If you were a toddler who’d been given a subscription to the Flintstones comic you were in for a shock. I just want issue 7 as it features E-Man’s girlfriend and former exotic dancer Nova.

Team up by Rich Meyer

Likewise with Miss Bikini Luv 625. She finally got her own comic after featuring for a year or so in Charlton’s “Gorgo”. However the series had originally begun a decade earlier at number 500 as “Robin Hood”. From issue 524 it changed to “Wild Western comics”. After a hiatus it continued from number 581 as “‘Lil Scamp”. It was re-named as “Jungle Warfare” from number 610 (but still had “‘Lil Scamp” back-up stories to use up inventory). Miss Bikini Luv ran from number 623 to 627. All these comics are extremely rare/completely unobtainable.

Miss Bikini Luv 625

Further Out of this World

February 1, 2015

Out of this World 6

Out of this World 6 Thorpe and Porter 1960

Charlton Comics “Out of this World” ran for 16 issues from 1956 to 1959. British black and white reprints appeared first courtesy of Thorpe and Porter. Of course being 68 pages and square-bound additional stories, often from other Charlton comics or even other publishers were also used. For some reason the Grand Comics Database, using logic only a Gallifrayan could understand, believes that the British reprints were issued five years before the original Charlton comics when the Thorpe and Porter comics clearly use the Charlton covers and logo.

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The cover image of the Thorpe and Porter reprint had to be stretched to remove the bizarre Charlton “win a swimming pool” competition.

Soon after the Thorpe and Porter series finished in the early 1960s Alan Class began his own series of “Out of this World” (and further issues would be re-reprinted in the 1970s). 

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PS: Out of this World 6 contains the classic Ditko tale “The Little Things”. Even the powers that be at Charlton must have thought it was one of their better stories as it featured on the cover when it first appeared in “Out of this World” 16. And even if you don’t like science Fiction comic strips there is always the back cover of the Thorpe and Porter reprint to enjoy. The inside back cover contains a classic Ellisdons Novelty advert and the back cover gives you a useful checklist of all the British Classics illustrated comics published up to that point.

The Little Things in black and white

The Little Things in colour

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Odd Comics

April 29, 2010

There were no issues of Robot Comics produced by Renegade Press in 1987. Unless you count this Issue No 0. Which means one issue was published. So why didn’t they call it Issue No 1 ???

Charlton Bullseye appeared for 10 issues in the early 1980s and featured a very odd assortment of SF, Sword and Sorcery and Funny Animal strips. Early appearances of Arn Saba’s Neil the Horse and Bill Black’s Nightshade (soon to be seen in AC Comics) can be found in some issues.

There were 7 issues or 10 issues of the extremely adult Dr. Wirtham’s Comix & Stories depending on how you counted them. Issues 6, 8 and 10 were found by turning issues 5, 7 and 9 upside down !!!

If you subscribed to Giant Lois Lane Album there was a very long wait between each of the 14 issues. It appeared annually in Australia through the 1960s and early 1970s.

This magazine from 1973 was an interesting concept. A “how to” manual with good solid advice on how to set out a script and basic advice on lettering and artwork. I’m sure Charlton, along with all the other comic book companies of the time received unsolicited submissions in biro/pencil/on the backs of cereal packets! This was a nice thing to hand out to people explaining that a good starting point was to produce something neat,clean and tidy. Useful advice included keeping a “swipe file” and “plenty of erasers”. I presume this magazine was sold at conventions as well as being available by mail order/with subscriptions.

This magazine was the first time I’d seen the Comic Book Code spelt out in its entirety.

The Old Robot

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From Charlton Comics Outer Space No 18 from August 1958.

Charlton Comics’ Professor Coffin 21 had a cover date of February 1986.Typical of Charlton’s strange numbering system it was only the third issue of the title. I’m sure it only contained reprints although they didn’t admit to it. They even seem to have lost the bar code !!

This must be one of the last..if not THE last comic Charlton ever issued. Unless YOU know otherwise?