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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Action - the banned issue - for sale (yet) again

Previously ( I reported on the sale in October 2016 of the final issue of Action comic (dated 23rd October 1976). That was sold for £4110.75 (

This beat the hammer price of the previous copy (sold in May 2016) for £2555

Then another copy turned up, it was originally listed at £2,500...
but failed to sell (a couple of times)

But now it's been listed for bids starting from "just" £2,250

It's already failed to sell a couple of times - but are you tempted now? Bidding closes at 11:30 this morning...

Future Shock - 40 years of 2000ad - pictures

Some quick photos of the additional art that Steve Marchant has put upstairs at the Cartoon Museum (because he had too much stuff downstairs)

Friday, 24 March 2017

It's Red Nose day!

Maybe you hadn't heard?
So what can you do? You have to do as you illustrious leader says and Smile!

You can donate right here, even if the Mekon probably won't

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The quest for the big what?

(Sir) Lenny Henry is an acknowledged comics fan so, in honour of Comic Relief being on the TV tomorrow night, I thought I'd fish this oddity out from the back of the cupboard...yes it's Steve Parkhouse drawing a 72 page long Lenny Henry book, what's not to love?

Here's the introduction by Alan Moore...

and page 1...
More pages can be scanned in - once you tell me how much you've donated to Comic Relief :)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Striker news paper strip volume 2

This is coming soo - details are still waiting to be announced but over on the StrikerWorld forum Pete has confirmed that plans for volume 2 of the complete collection are nearly complete

He says...
"What I can tell you is that Volume 2 of The Complete Collection will be ready to go on sale in the next couple of weeks. It's taken a little longer to compile than expected as some strips that were missing have had to be either sourced from the newspaper and restored or recoloured from the original strips."

Volume 1 had top notch production value - this is a heavy hardback book (300+ pages with 5 strips to a page) with high quality paper, a gloss laminated cover and it contains the first 21 stories plus an introduction to the genesis of the strip and a small introduction to each story as you go along.

Anyone used to the CGI images of Nick Jarvis is going to be disappointed by volume 1 (or 2) of the complete collection; on the other hand anyone who wants to see where it all began (and who can't afford or find the 2 Striker annuals that were released nearly 30 years ago) should be delighted with their purchase.

The price for this volume is yet to be confirmed, but as it will be in full colour (compared to black and white for volume 1) you should expect a price increase (or a page count reduction). More details as they are released.

The cover of volume 1

One of the original Striker annuals...

and it's still on sale here
for just £24 (or £29 if you want it signed)

I still can't wait for volume 2 - so why not support Pete and his efforts to preserve this bit of newspaper comic strip history?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ring Raiders comics (others)

There were also 2 Ring Raiders annual - both were published by Grandreams. No sign of Ian Kennedy, Carlos Pino et al.

There was also a one-off 'mini comic' (3 pages of Ian Kennedy art) given away free with new Eagle 16/09/89) - and quite probably other Fleetway titles as well.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ring Raiders comic, 1989 - part 2

Continuing the cover gallery from Ring Raiders, issues 2-4. Contents produced (again) by Ian Kennedy, Carlos Pino, John Gillatt, Sandy James and John Cooper.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Ring Raiders comic, 1989 - part 1

Ring Raiders comic then...ok, so its a toy range tie-in comic but by my reckoning it has the greatest concentration of Fleetway's comic talents of the 80s and 90s...let's check out that bold claim...

Cover is by Ian Kennedy
First strip is illustrated by Carlos Pino (who's just illustrated Commando issue 5000)...
Then you get John Cooper illustrating a strip...
A John Gillatt illustrated strip...
Then it's Don Wazejewski (ok, so he's the least well-known artist here)...but he worked a little bit on Battle and on new Eagle
And you end up with some Sandy James pages...
What a selection! Well worth tracking down.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Beyond 2000ad @ Orbital comics - v2 - part 2

Final picture from Beyond 2000ad at Orbital comics

Original art...
Judge Dredd features on album cover...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Beyond 2000ad @ Orbital comics - v2 - part 1

Popped back to Orbital comics the other day and noted that they'd made some changes to the display...
Did you ever have one of these?
The wall of 2000ad's 'offspring'
Foreign Dredd and Warrior...

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

John B Higgins covers - new Eagle (part 2)

and now the 2nd batch of, he loved Doomlord

This one is initialled, can you see where?

and I'm going to sneak this one in as well...signature craftily hidden, can you spot it?