Get Marwood and I

Dec 1, 2019

I can’t get too enthused about the modern fashion for comic collectors sending their “valuable” comics to a company called CGC. They grade your comics (for a price) and then seal them inside flimsy plastic boxes so you can never read them again. Until quite recently this company didn’t appreciate the difference between a UK Marvel etc reprint comic and a comic printed in the States at the same time as the original but with a different price to be shipped to the UK, Canada or Australia. Thanks to the sterling (sic) work of an individual with the unlikely alias “Get Marwood & I”, the CGC has finally acknowledged that these comics are “variants” rather than “reprints”.

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I mentioned these UK price variant comics years ago here and here. One day the world will wake up to how undervalued these books are as I suspect they represent perhaps a mere 5% – 10% of the published output of each issue.

So “Marwood/Steve” has spent the last few years compiling lists of all the comics ever printed in the States that bear UK prices. Marvel, DC, Dell, Gold Key, Archie, Charlton and King. No ACG it seems. Rather him than me although I confess that it is an interesting niche to worldwide comic collecting. The big pity is that all his hard work is hidden away on the CGC forums where it will only be seen by a handful of comic obsessives endlessly sharing images of their old comics and the odd person like me (admittedly an ex-comic obsessive) who’s just passing through.

Get Marwood & I

Sounds strips

Dec 1, 2019

The Original Writer wasn’t a child prodigy. In fact you could probably call him a late developer. Born in 1953 his early published work was done for free and found within a couple of dozen fanzines in the 1970s.
From 1979 to 1983 he got a regular paying gig as writer/artist of a half page strip in the music newspaper “Sounds” whilst also drawing a comic strip for his local newspaper. He wrote strips for Dr Who weekly/monthly and then 2000AD from 1980, Warrior from 1982 and finally found fandom fame at DC comics from 1984 when he was in his thirties and remained quite prolific up to Americas Best Comics at the turn of the century. His last comics work appears to have been the 12 issue”Providence” in 2015. Then he worked on his epic 1200 page novel “Jerusalem” published last year.

This particular post is to remind readers of Curt’s time as an artist as well as a writer during the period March 1979 to March 1983. I acquired these strips a decade ago from a site that may no longer exist. The collection isn’t complete by any means but it’s quite interesting to see Curt’s earlier work in view of the body of work that would follow. As we live in strange times I’d better add a disclaimer that these strips contain a few swear words. some nudity, and the ability to annoy at least one “Sounds” reader who assumed the views expressed by a comic character in a comic strip must also be the views of The Original Writer.


Curt Vile

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House of Hammer

Dec 1, 2019

It seems Dez has approved the sharing of these scans and made them available to look at/download at: https://archive.org/details/HOUSEOFHAMMER

Torchy

Dec 1, 2019

a Torchy comic

Wants list

Nov 1, 2019

I’ve got all the comics I need but there are a couple of hard-to-get  back issues of “Super Team Family” that I’d really like to track down and read.

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The Grand Comic Database claims that the Australian company Young’s Merchandising published 567 different black and white comics across 47 different titles mostly through the 1950s. Similar in appearance to the more famous K G Murray comics the most popular appear to have been Blackhawk and Bugs Bunny reprints but they also issued a number of shorter run homegrown titles. Many comics that were reprints have redrawn covers. And like K G Murray comics the prices increased from 6d to 8d in the early 1950s.

The GCD goes on to say:

The earliest comics from Young’s Merchandising Company were published around 1947, including Australian original material and reprints of US comics. Young’s is also known for its Larry Kent crime novels (commenced in 1954), based on the Sydney radio series created by Ron Ingleby. The company folded soon after the death of its founder, Charles Young, in 1963. Little is known about the company, which appears to have been involved in a range of non-publishing endeavours.

This Giant Comic Annual contains 6 rebound comics. Not a great bargain at 3/6 when five of the six comics within display an original retail price of 6d each. One comic shows 8d. I make that add up to 3s 2d. I’m making assumptions but perhaps the contents within the covers may have varied from book to book as seen in Thorpe and Porters “Double Double” books produced in the 1960s in the UK.

PS: For the record this particular book contains the following comics, in that order, in case someone somewhere owns another copy that they could compare.

BLACK ROGER no5

SILVER STARR no1

SILVER STARR no3

YARMAK no15

YARMAK no11

SILVER STARR no2

PPS: Silver Starr and Yarmak are drawn by the very accomplished artist Stanley Pitt 1925 – 2002 (usually in the style of Alex Raymond). Again according to the GCD he drew one…just one… lone story for DC comics that appeared in Witching Hour 14 in 1971. Of course I couldn’t resist tracking down a copy of that particular comic!!

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