Saturday, 28 June 2008

“We’re the Sweeney son, and we haven’t had any dinner!” The Brown Watson Sweeney Annual 1977

Considering that ‘The Sweeney’ was a comparatively violent police show Brown Watson took the slightly strange decision to produce a children’s ‘Sweeney’ annual.

‘The Sweeney’
was a British television police drama featuring Detective Inspector Jack Regan (John Thaw) and Detective Sergeant George Carter (Dennis Waterman), two members of Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad, an elite branch of the British police force, specialising in combating armed robbery and violent crime within the Metropolitan Police area of London.


The
programme title derives from Cockney rhyming slang, in which the expression Sweeney Todd rhymes with (and stands for) 'Flying Squad', in the slang used by London's criminal underworld.


The Sweeney Annual has three strips lavishly illustrated by Brian Lewis in his gothic style that is often associated with his time on House of Hammer.
At the same time Lewis’ artwork on these three strips wouldn’t look of place in Countdown or Look-In, two other titles that his artwork graced.

The Sweeny Annual [1977] (Brown Watson):
‘The Hyena in London’ 6p [Brian Lewis] - art

‘Boy Wonder’ 6p [Brian Lewis] - art

‘Right Time, Wrong Place’ 4p [Brian Lewis] – art

‘The Hyena in London’ p1 [Brian Lewis] – art

‘Boy Wonder’ p1 [Brian Lewis] – art

‘Right Time, Wrong Place’ 4p [Brian Lewis] – art







Many thanks to my old mate Mark Bromage for lending me this very splendid annual.
Any chance of a trade?

A Gigantic Grammatical Mistake by Grandreams! Fantastic Four Annual 1980

The Fantastic Four Annual 1980 from Grandreams has the usual reprints one expects from a Marvel UK annual:

Reprint from Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 (Marvel) [Feb 1975]: 21p ‘Madrox the Multiple Man’ (Featuring: The Fantastic Four) Len Wein/Chris Claremont (Script) John Buscema (Pencils) Chic Stone & Joe Sinnott (Inks)

Reprint from Fantastic Four #28 (Marvel) [Jul 1964]: 23p ‘We Have to Fight the X-Men’ (Featuring: The Fantastic Four) Stan Lee (Script) Jack Kirby (Pencils) Chic Stone (Inks)

However the annual contains some original Marvel UK material. Sporting a cover, possibly by Paul Neary, and two stories illustrated by an uncredited David Lloyd, easily recognisable due to his brilliant shadowy and evocative style: ‘A Shade to Dangerous’ and ‘The Rescue’. I’m uncertain as to the writer of the stories but wait up ‘True Believer’ is that a grammatical mistake I see?

'A Shade to Dangerous' 5p (Featuring: The Fantastic Four) text story [David Lloyd] (illustrations)


'The Rescue' 6p (Featuring: The Fantastic Four) text story [David Lloyd] (illustrations)

Monday, 16 June 2008

T&P

Thorpe & Porter were another British publisher of magazines, comic books (mainly re-printed material) and pulp fiction. The first re-printed comic book was Bible Illustrated which ran for eight issues and was probably a repackaging of Picture Stories from the Bible an EC book. Thorpe & Porter are perhaps best known for re-publishing Dell’s Four Color series and Classics Illustrated in the UK. So successful was the Classics Illustrated title that T&P, beginning in 1951, reprinted over 150 of the titles issued in the US by Gilberton. The British Classics Illustrated proved so popular that T&P commissioned new material when Gilberton discontinued the line.

Many reprints of American comics became T&P’s specialality. Romance comics Young Love, Young Bride and Young Romance all had runs of a couple of years. Western comics like Wild Bill Hickcock, Tomahawk and Kid Colt enjoyed sustained popularity in the mid 50’s. Other titles included Mystery in Space, Forbidden Worlds and Blackhawk.

It’s something of a joy for collectors such as myself to pick up a T&P book. There’s always a wealth of reprinted material to be found from the Golden/Silver or Bronze ages and always at a reasonable price.

From the Four-Color Craic vaults these 68 page Kid Colts contain a wealth of material:

Kid Colt Outlaw #34 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #70 (Marvel) [Mar 1957]:
Cover: John Severin
L-326 ‘Marked for Capture’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Keller - art
L-282 ‘Desperate Hour’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Keller - art
L-491 ‘Out of Bounds’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Keller - art
G-265 ‘The Luckiest Cowboy’ 1.67p text
L-337 ‘The Last Round Up’ 5p Keller (art)
L-379 He Stands in the Shadow 4p [Romita] - art
Reprints: Western Comics #60 (DC) [Nov/Dec 1956]:
‘Surprise Deputy’ 6p (Featuring: Pow-Wow Smith) [Herron] - script, [Infantino]/[Giella] - art
Indian Tribal Names 1.5p
Coyote Dance 1.5p
‘The Man Who Imitated Nighthawk’ 5.66p (Featuring: Nighthawk) [Fox] - script, [Kane]/[Sachs] - art
‘The Riddle of the Rodeo Robbery’ 6p (Featuring: Rodeo Rick) [Fox] - script, [Grandenetti] - art
‘The Racing Bandit’ 5.66p (Featuring: Wyoming Kid) [Fox] - script, [Sherman] - art
Reprint from: Prize Comics Western #113 (v14 #4) (Prize) [Sep 1955]:
‘Mississippi Card Sharps’ 15p (Featuring: American Eagle) [Severin] - art
‘Iron Shirt’ 6p (Featuring: American Eagle) [Williamson] – art

Splash page from p1 ‘Mississippi Card Sharps’ (Featuring: American Eagle) [John Severin] - art Prize Comics Western #113 (v14 #4) (Prize) (Sep 1955)

Kid Colt Outlaw #47 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #81 (Marvel) [Nov 1958]:
Cover: Joe Maneely
T-32 ‘Jailbreak’ 6p (Featuring: Kid Colt Outlaw) Lee – script, Keller – art
T-31 ‘The Brute of Copper County’ 8p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller – art
O-112 ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Quit’ 4p Woodbridge – art
G-868 ‘Sheep Run’ 2p text
T-43 ‘The Coward’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Maneely – art. Notes: Joe Maneely’s last full story before his untimely death.
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
F-444 ‘Ghost Town’ 6p (Featuring: Outlaw Kid) Wildey – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
F-401 ‘Death Battle’ 6p (Featuring: Outlaw Kid) Wildey – art
Reprint from: Wyatt Earp #5 (Marvel) [Jul 1956]:
C-519 ‘Paid in Full’ 2p text
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
F-357 ‘Preacher-Man’ 5p Berg – art
Reprints from: Outlaw Kid #3 (Marvel) [Jan 1955]:
6p Untitled (Featuring: Black Rider) Wildey – art
F-106 ‘Hostage’ 6p (Featuring: Black Rider) Wildey – art
Reprint from: Unknown Lone Rider (Farrell):
‘The Black Saddle’ 8p (Featuring: Lone Rider) ? – art

Splash page from p1 T-43 ‘The Coward’ (Featuring: Kid Colt) Stan Lee – script, Joe Maneely – art. Notes: Joe Maneely’s last full story before his untimely death. Kid Colt Outlaw #81 (Marvel) [Nov 1958]

Kid Colt Outlaw #51 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #47 (Marvel) [Apr 1955]:
Cover: Joe Maneely
D-871 6p Untitled featuring Kid Colt Outlaw Keller – art
D-876 6p Untitled featuring Kid Colt Outlaw Keller – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title
‘A Dog Will always Know’ 1p text
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
5p Untitled featuring Black Rider De Loprino – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
6p Untitled featuring: Kid Colt Keller – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
K-551 ‘When the Wild Bunch Rides’ 7p Lee – script, Maneely – art
Reprint from: Rawhide Kid #3 (Marvel) [Jul 1955]:
‘The Search’ 2p text
Reprint from: Wyatt Earp #28 (Marvel) [Apr 1960]:
T-660 ‘Every Gun Against Him’ 5p Lee – script, Wildey – art
Reprints from: The Texas Kid #2 (Marvel) [Mar 1951]:
7820 ‘Doom in the Desert’ 7p (Featuring: Texas Kid) 7p Maneely – art
SL-5470 ‘Gallows Bait’ 2p text

7818 ‘The Necktie Party’ 5p (Featuring: Texas Kid) Maneely – art

Splash page from p1 K-551 ‘When the Wild Bunch Rides’ Joe Maneely - art Kid Colt Outlaw #51 (T&P)

Panel from p6 K-551 ‘When the Wild Bunch Rides’ Joe Maneely - art Kid Colt Outlaw #51 (T&P)

Kid Colt Outlaw #53 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #85 (Marvel) [Jul 1959]:
Cover: [Jack Kirby]/[Christopher Rule]
T-265 ‘The Waco Gang Strikes’ 8p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
T-289 ‘Siege at the Circle-X’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
J-663 ‘Duty Trail’ 2p text Maneely – illustration
O-73 ‘Redmen on the Rampage’ 5p (Featuring: Texas Kid) Sinnott – a
T-288 ‘The Deputy Says Draw’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
Reprints from: Gunsmoke Western #52 (Marvel) [May 1959]:
T-238 ‘The Day the Kid Gave Up’ 7p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Rule] – art
J-453 ‘The Stranger’ 2p text
O-116 ‘Range War’ 5p (Featuring: The Texas Kid) Sinnott – a
O-4 ‘Return of the Boise Kid’ 5p Davis – art
Reprint from: Outlaw Kid #5 (Marvel) [May 1955]:
‘Arizona Lawman’ 2p text
Reprints from: Western Comics #70 (DC) [Jul/Aug 1958]:
‘The Mystery of the Bearded Prospector’ 6p (Featuring: Wyoming Kid) [Fox] – script, [Sherman] – art
‘Strange Indian Beliefs’ 1p
Reprints from: The Texas Kid #2 (Marvel) [Mar 1951]:
7821 ‘Phantom of Massacre Gulch’ 6p (Featuring: Texas Kid) 6p Maneely – art
7892 ‘The Promise’ 4p ? – art

Splash page from Gunsmoke Western #52 (Marvel) [May 1959] p1T-238 ‘The Day the Kid Gave Up’ (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Jack Keller/[Christopher Rule] – art

Splash page from Gunsmoke Western #52 (Marvel) [May 1959] p1 O-4 ‘Return of the Boise Kid’ Jack Davis – art

Splash page from The Texas Kid #2 (Marvel) [Mar 1951] p1 7821 ‘Phantom of Massacre Gulch’ (Featuring: Texas Kid) 6p Joe Maneely – art

Kid Colt Outlaw #54 (T&P)
Reprints cover from Wild Western #23 (Marvel) (Aug 1952) by Sol Brodsky? Texas Kid and The Arizona Kid are labelled as The Nighthawk and Johnny Thunder. None of the contents from Wild Western #23 are reprinted.
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
7474 ‘Red Men on the Warpath’ 9p (Featuring: Kid Colt) [Maneely] – art
Reprint from: Unknown Atlas/Marvel Western title:
7478 ‘Sheriff of Roaring Gap’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) [Maneely] – art
Reprint from: Kid Colt Outlaw #17 (Marvel) [Nov 1951]:
7476 ‘’Trapped by the Posse’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) ? – art
Reprint from: Kid Colt Outlaw #10 (Marvel) [Jul 1950]:
7475 ‘The Whip Strikes’ 8p (Featuring: Kid Colt) ? – art
Reprints from: All-Star Western #104 (DC) [Dec-Jan 1958/59]:
‘The Surprise Sheriff of Rocky City’ 10p (Featuring: Trigger Twins) [Kanigher] – script, [Infantino] – art
Colorful Western Creeks 1p ? – art
‘Double Cross at Double Creek’ (Featuring: Foley of the Fighting 5th) [Broome] – script, [Sherman] – art
Hitching Post 1p letters
‘The Gauntlet of Thunder’ 8p (Featuring: Johnny Thunder) [Kanigher] – script, [Kane] – art

Splash page from All-Star Western #104 (DC) [Dec-Jan 1958/59] p1 ‘The Surprise Sheriff of Rocky City’ (Featuring: Trigger Twins) [Carmine Infantino] – art

Splash page from All-Star Western #104 (DC) [Dec-Jan 1958/59] p1 ‘The Gauntlet of Thunder’ (Featuring: Johnny Thunder) [Gil Kane] – art

Kid Colt Outlaw #57 (T&P)
Reprints: Kid Colt Outlaw #87 (Marvel) [Nov 1959]:
Cover: [Jack Kirby]/[George Klein]
T-408 ‘Give Me Your Guns’ 7p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
O-316 6p Untitled featuring Gunsmoke Kid Davis – art
T-431 ‘Fury at the Circle-R’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script,
Keller/[Klein] – art
J-655 ‘The Slacker’ 2p text, Maneely – illustration
T-425 ‘The Mark of the Outlaw’ 5p (Featuring: Kid Colt) Lee – script, Keller/[Klein] – art
Reprints from: Western Comics #75 (DC) [Mar/Jun 1959]:
‘Menace of the Magic Arrows’ 11.67p (Featuring: Pow-Wow Smith) [Fox] – script, [Infantino] – art
‘Strange Indian Beliefs’ 1p
Hitching Post 1p letters
‘The Strange Signs at Saddle Rock’ 5.67p (Featuring: Wyoming Kid) [Fox] – script, [Kane]/[Sachs] – art
Reprint from: All-Star Western #106 (DC) [Apr/May 1959]

‘Trap at the Flaming Outpost’ 9.67p [Featuring: Johnny Thunder] [Kanigher] – script, [Kane]/[Giacoia] – art

Splash page from Kid Colt Outlaw #87 (Marvel) [Nov 1959] p1 O-316 Untitled featuring Gunsmoke Kid Davis – art

Splash page from All-Star Western #106 (DC) [Apr/May 1959] p1 ‘Trap at the Flaming Outpost’ 9.67p [Featuring: Johnny Thunder] [Kanigher] – script, [Gil Kane]/[Frank Giacoia] – art

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Miller Time

L. Miller & Son, Ltd. was a British publisher of magazines, comic books and pulp fiction. Between the 1940s and 1966, the firm published British editions of many American comic books. Probably best known for recreating Golden Age Captain Marvel as Marvelman in 1953 in order to avoid cancellation of their 'Marvel' titles after America's Fawcett Publications capitulated to National Periodicals (DC Comics).

Marvelman #185 (L. Miller & Son) [vol 3] [2 Mar 1957]
Cover: Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios
Marvelman News 1p letters
'Marvelman and the King of the West' 10p (Featuring: Marvelman) Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - scipt/art
Marvelman Quiz 1p
'Marvelman and the Foam Fanatic' 5p
(Featuring: Marvelman) Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - scipt/art
Young Joey 1p Denis Gifford - script/art
'Marvelman and the Uranium Grab' 5p
(Featuring: Marvelman) Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - scipt/art
The Friendly Soul 1p Denis Gifford - script/art
Flip and Flop 1p
Denis Gifford - script/art

From Marvelman #185 (L. Miller & Son) [vol 3] [2 Mar 1957] p1 'Marvelman and the Foam Fanatic' Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - art

Panels from Marvelman #185 (L. Miller & Son) [vol 3] [2 Mar 1957] p2 'Marvelman and the Foam Fanatic' Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - art

Marvelman #188 (L. Miller & Son) [vol 3] [22 Mar 1957]
Cover: Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios
Marvelman News 1p letters
'Marvelman and the Leaning Tower of Texas'
10p (Featuring: Marvelman) Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - scipt/art
Young Joey 1p Denis Gifford - script/art
Marvelman Quiz 1p
'Marvelman and the River of Time'
10p (Featuring: Marvelman) Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - scipt/art
Flip and Flop 1p Denis Gifford - script/art
Marvelman Special Quiz 1p

From Marvelman #188 (L. Miller & Son) [vol 3] [22 Mar 1957] p20 'Marvelman and the Leaning Tower of Texas' Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - scipt/art

Panels from Marvelman #188 (L. Miller & Son) [vol 3] [22 Mar 1957] p2 'Marvelman and the Leaning Tower of Texas' Mick Anglo/Mick Anglo Studios - scipt/art

Gunsmoke Western #21 (L. Miller & Son)
Reprints: Gunsmoke Western #53 (Marvel) [Jul 1959]
Cover: [Jack Kirby]/[Sol Brodsky]

T-316 ‘The Mark of the Coward’
(Featuring: Kid Colt) 6p Lee (script), Keller/[Klein] (art)
T-310 ‘Doc Halliday, Most Dangerous Gunman in the West’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) 7p Lee (script), Ayers (art)

K-523 ‘Six-Gun Shy’ 2p text

O-245 ‘One Bullet Left’ (Featuring: Ringo Kid) Maneely (art)

O-48 ‘Desperado’ 5p Ayers (art)

From Gunsmoke Western #21 (L. Miller & Son) p1 ‘One Bullet Left’ (Ringo Kid) Joe Maneely - art

Gunsmoke Western #23 (L. Miller & Son)
Selected reprints: Gunsmoke Western #55 (Marvel)
[Nov1959] Cover: Joe Maneely O-271 ‘Hired Gun’ (Featuring: Gunsmoke Kid) 6p Davis (art) T-456 ‘The Man from Morgan Mesa’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) 6p Lee (script), Ayers (art) K-162 ‘Mustang Maverick’ 2p text, Maneely (spot illustration)
T-458 ‘Gun-Fight at Grogan’s Gap’ 5p Lee (art) Baker (art)

From Gunsmoke Western #23 (L. Miller & Son) p1 ‘Hired Gun’ (Featuring: Gunsmoke Kid) Jack Davis - art

Wyatt Earp #10 (L. Miller & Son)
Reprints: Wyatt Earp #8 (Marvel) [Jan 1957]
Cover: Joe Maneely

K-733 ‘Gun Duel at Abiline’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) 5p Maurer (art) Notes: Historical figure James Butler ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok (1837 – 1876) appears.
F-766 ‘Empty Canteens’ 2p text
K-878 ‘Navaho Uprising’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) 5p Maurer (art)
K-900 ‘The Warning’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) 4p Maurer (art)
L-27 ‘Gunslinger’ 4p Lee (script), Ayers (art)
K-817 ‘Bushwhack at Badman Pass’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) 5p Maurer (art)

From Wyatt Earp #10 (L. Miller & Son) p1 'Gun Duel at Abiline’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) Norman Maurer – art

Wyatt Earp #41 (L. Miller & Son) Selected reprints: Wyatt Earp #25 (Marvel) [Oct 1959] Cover: [Jack Kirby]/[Christopher Rule]
T-398 ‘Face to Face With the Gunfighter’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) 5p Lee (script), Ayers (art)

K-374 ‘Warpath’ 2p text

O-228 Untitled featuring: The Gunsmoke Kid 7p Davis (art)

T-397 ‘The Terrible Revenge of Wyatt Earp’ (Featuring: Wyatt Earp) 5p Lee
(script), Ayers (art)

From Wyatt Earp #41 (L. Miller & Son) p1 Untitled featuring: The Gunsmoke Kid Jack Davis - art