Thursday, 31 July 2008

The Raving Wertham?

A horror comics editor (Stan Lee) has to deal with a man (Fredric Wertham?) who bursts into his offices ranting and raving about the content of the magazines he publishes.


The Raving Maniac 4p by Stan Lee – script; Joe Maneely – art
from Suspense #29 [April 1953]

Suspense #29 (Atlas) [April1953]
Cover: Carl Burgos?
C-37 The Man Behind the Blinds 6p Stan Lee – script; Fred Kida – art
C-276 By The Light of the Moon 5p Ed Robbins? – art
-- Strong as an Ox 5p Stan Lee – art; Jerry Robinson – art
B-941 The Raving Maniac 4p by Stan Lee – script; Joe Maneely – art
C-307 The Man Who Was Going to Destroy America 4p [Bob Fujitani] - art

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

70 Years Young: Beano's Birthday

The Beano is 70 years old today. The Beano first hit news stands on 30 July, 1938, more than 4,000 editions have been published and it's introduced iconic stars like Dennis the Menace, The Bash Street Kids and Little Plum.

The Beano #3443 [2 Aug 2008]

The special birthday issue features Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Parks as the guest editor, and his famous characters appear on the cover, alongside stalwarts Dennis and Gnasher the Dog.

August 2nd (the cover-date of the anniversary issue) has been designated Gnashional Menace Day to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the Caring for Children with Cancer organisation.

A Gnashional Menace Day Kit is included with the special birthday issue:

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Flashback: 25 years to the day...

Stripweekblad Eppo #30 [29 Jul 1983]
Cover featuring
De Leukebroders by Peer Coolen

Storm: De Kronieken van Pandarve 2p Martin Lodewijk – script; Don Lawrence – art

Franka: De Tanden van de Draak 2p Henk Kuijpers – script/art

Roel Dijkstra : Uitgeschakeld 2p Jaap Buenik – script ; Keith Watson – art

Stripweekblad Eppo #30 [29 Jul 1983]
Cover featuring De Leukebroders by Peer Coolen
FC. Knudde
0.5p Toon
Eppo 0.5p Uco Egmond
Storm: De Kronieken van Pandarve 2p Martin Lodewijk – script; Don Lawrence – art
Franka: De Tanden van de Draak 2p Henk Kuijpers – script/art
Lucky Luke : Fingers 2p Lo Hartog van Banda; Morris – art
Opa 2p Ryssack - script/art
De Leukebroders 2p L.J. – script; Peer Coolen – art
Flippie Flink (Beetle Bailey)1p by Mort Walker
Asterix: De Zoon van Asterix 2p Uderzo
Leonardo: Genie Contra Genie 2p Turk & De Groot
Star Wars: De Terugkeer van de Jedi (Return of the Jedi) 4p Archie Goodwin – script; Al Williamson/Carlos Garzon – art
Stampede 1p Peter de Wit
Roel Dijkstra : Uitgeschakeld 2p Jaap Buenik – script ; Keith Watson – art
Sjors & Sjimmie: Een Gebroken Gezin 1p Jan van Die & Wilbert Plijnaar – script; Robert van der Kroft – art

Friday, 25 July 2008

Learn by Mistakes

I was handed this religious tract after attending the cinema some time ago. I found it hard to refuse as it depicts Class 2B's long-suffering teacher, his actual name being ‘Teacher’, from The Beano’s The Bash Street Kids.

Learn by Mistakes
A religious tract by Samuel J. Abraham Publications

Thursday, 24 July 2008

SQUA TRONT

Squa Tront #6 [1975] Edited by John Benson. New York: Jerry Weist.
Special Bernie Krigstein issue


Cover designer: Unknown
Typesetting: LUNA Publications
Cover colour separations: Michele Brand


The cover is the splash panel from ‘The Pit’ from Vault of Horror #40 [Dec 1954-Jan 1955] (EC)

Kapow! Christian Bale: Batman actor arrested over alleged assault

by Mac from the Daily Mail [24/0708]

The Simulacra

Philip K. Dick [1964] The Simulacra. New York: Ace Books, Inc

Cover and illustration: Ed Emsh

Monday, 21 July 2008

Apocalypse Postponed

Umberto Eco [1994] Apocalypse Postponed. Edited by Robert Lumley
University
of Indiana
and the British Film Institute

Cover design: Romas Foord

“I never talk about myself, my work is me.” Steve Ditko [1965]

Fantasy Advertiser #97 [Jun/Jul 1982] Cover art and colour by Steve Ditko in a rare contribution to a fanzine.

From Fantasy Advertiser #97 [Jun/Jul 1982] Steve Ditko by Steve Whitaker:


Mortgage Approvals Hit By Credit Crunch.

by Banx from Private Eye No. 1214 [11 July-24 July 2008]

Friday, 18 July 2008

For he's football crazy, He's football mad …

Smith’s Football Crazy snacks

Smith’s Snackfood Company ran a series of adverts for their Football Crazy product through various British weeklies during 1978. The adverts or Fascinating Facts File would feature an amusing historical fact from the world of English football, Illustrated by Paul Sample. Sample is a British cartoonist and illustrator well-known for his cartoon character Ogri. Ogri, has been running in Bike magazine for 35 years, with a single 3-year gap in the mid-1980s. Sample also illustrates the covers for the Wilt series of comedic novels by Tom Sharpe.

Football Crazy, the snack or crisp, came in a football-style packet and were miniatures of bacon-flavoured ambiguously football-shaped maize balls. And all this for the humble sum of 5 pence! A promotional incentive meant that if you saved enough packets, you could send away and join the Smith’s Football Crazy Club, whereupon you would receive a club badge, a transfer of your favourite team and a regular club newspaper.

Smith’s Football Crazy Fascinating Facts File No. 1

Smith’s Football Crazy Fascinating Facts File No. 2

Smith’s Football Crazy Fascinating Facts File No. 4

Friday, 4 July 2008

Do Not Exceed 15 Minutes - The Brown Watson Gemini Man Annual 1977

Gemini Man was an American television series from 1976 about fictional INTERSECT secret agent Sam Casey (Ben Murphy). While on a diving assignment, Sam was affected by the radiation from an underwater explosion. The radiation rendered him invisible, but INTERSECT devised a way to control his invisibility, by fitting him with a computerised wrist watch, referred to as a 'DNA stabilizer’, that kept him visible. He could, however, shut it off, and become invisible again, for short periods of time. If he did this for more than 15 minutes in any 24 hour period he would die. This ability to become invisible made him a very effective agent.














Gemini Man Annual [1977] (Brown Watson) (Front & rear covers)

The Gemini Man Annual features art by Ian Gibson. Copyrighted 1977 it was around this same time that Robohunter started in 2000AD. Gibson, illustrates 3 strips, one a 2 page concise origin of the Gemini Man, he also provides text illustrations for 2 stories.

‘Prologue’ (Origin) 2p [Ian Gibson] – art
‘Chinese Takeaway’ 4p Ian Gibson – art
‘The Aquarius Factor’ 8p [Ian Gibson] – illustrations

‘Taking Effect - A Look at the World of Special Effects’ 5p [John Bolton] – illustrations
‘Aries Man’ 8p [Ian Gibson] – illustrations
‘Snatch’ 6p [Ian Gibson] – art

‘Prologue’ (Origin) 2p [Ian Gibson] – art

‘Chinese Takeaway’ (p1) Ian Gibson – art

‘The Aquarius Factor’ (p1) [Ian Gibson] – illustrations

‘Aries Man’ (p1) [Ian Gibson] – illustrations

‘Snatch’ (p1) [Ian Gibson] – art

Ian Gibson's numerous credits include titles such as Action!, Valiant and 2000AD (where he also used the pennames of Emberton and Q. Twerk) and diverse characters that include Halo Jones, Judge Anderson, Robohunter and Judge Dredd for 2000AD, Genghis Grimtoad which first appeared in Marvel UK's Strip comic and more.

John Bolton also provides illustrations for a feature on special effects. Which is curious as you would think stills from the series would be a preferable method to explain the special effects process? The annual has a feature on invisibility effects in the cinema and television: ‘Now You See It … Now You Don’t’ which is surprisingly littered with stills.

‘Taking Effect - A Look at the World of Special Effects’ (p2/3) [John Bolton] – illustration