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26 June 2022

Charlie Adlard art for 'Blue Moon'

I've looked before at Charlie Adlard's 1999 work on (children's comic) Blue Moon here, here, here and here - in case you missed these posts here are the covers that Charlie did for Blue Moon...

Blue Moon, issue 7, 2nd August 1999

Blue Moon, issue 10, 25th October 1999

...and I've now found another piece of Charlie's art is in issue 3 (cover below) from April/May 1999...

and here it is on page 18...an illustration for the poem 'Casabianca' (most famous for its opening line The boy stood on the burning deck)

Blue Moon lasted 12 issues and I now have the fist 10 issues so it's possible that his work also features in issues 11 or 12. Should I ever get these issues I'll let you know.

You can find all references to Charlie's work on the blog here

25 June 2022

At the circus with Eagle

A while ago I swiped these images off ebay for an interesting Eagle related item that was up for sale...



The seller noted...

Very rare (if not unique) autographs of the co-owners of Bertram Mills Circus in 1957

Bernard Mills, and Cyril Mills,

plus

CoCo the Clown (Nicolai Poliakoff)

Nikki the Clown (Geoffrey Nicholson)

“Another Clown?” (can’t remember his name!)

Marcus Morris (Editor of the Eagle Comic using his distinctive green ink pen)

And a number of other signatures of Circus and Eagle Comic employees.

Also included are my 1957 Olympia Circus Ticket and a Coco promotional card given to me by the clown himself.

This unique collection of signatures are in an autograph book that I took to the circus on the 4th January 1957.

I was lucky enough to win a weekly competition in the Eagle comic at the age of twelve and the prize was a day at Bertram Mills Circus at Olympia.

I was shown behind the scenes, met the clowns and the co-owners of the circus and had lunch with the management teams of both the Circus and the Eagle Comic including Marcus Morris the Eagle’s editor.

I then watched the afternoon performance before returning home.

I have kept the autograph book in its original cardboard box for the past sixty five years and it is in excellent (almost like new) condition. I now feel I should offer an enthusiast the opportunity to obtain a very rare (if not unique) piece of Circus and Comic memorabilia.

One of the Eagle Comic employees actually dated their signature as can be seen in the photographs.

I can see the signature of Marcus Morris quite clearly (in green ink). Above his signature is that of Ellen Vincent (who signed it Ellen Vincent Eagle) and then a further Eagle signature (in the 3rd photo) that I don't recognise - looks like Joan Hawtrey Eagle. Any better ideas welcome!

24 June 2022

Fantasy Film convention 1978

Just a quick shout out for this lovely item that's I spotted for sale on ebay recently - why the shout-out? It's the Brian Lewis cover of course! What an image!
All other mentions of Brian on the blog can be found here

23 June 2022

UPDATED: fun n' games comic - 1969/70

I've looked before (here) at the fun n' Games comic produced in association with supermarket chain Tesco. There was also this article by friend of the blog Jeremy Briggs.

Recently some further issues have come to my attention so I'm adding them to my covers gallery (below) for two reasons. 

Firstly, we now know that the title lasted to at least issue 51 - previously issue 38 was the highest known number.

We now have confirmation that the title lasted 52 issues (see images below), so a whole year.

Secondly, interestingly, we can now see that the name of the comic changed (from Tesco fun 'n games to fun 'n games) at issue 16.

Still plenty of gaps in the covers gallery - do let me know if you can help with any other covers.

My thanks to Adam Teitge for cover images for issues 11, 26, 51 & 52 and to Shaqui Le Vesconte for covers 7 & 40.

New covers are highlighted in red

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 1, 25 October 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 2, 1 November 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 3, 8 November 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 4, 22 November 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 5, 29 November 1969


Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 6, 6 December 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 7, 13 December 1969
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 8, 20 December 1969


Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 9, 27 December 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 10, 10 January 1970

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 11, 17 January 1970

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 12, 24 January 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 13, 31 January 1970
image not to hand - can you help?

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 14, 7 February 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 15, 14 February 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 16, 21 February 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 17, 28 February 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 18, 7 March 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 19, 14 March 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 20, 21 March 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 21, 28 March 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

fun 'n games comic issue 22, 4 April 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 23, 11 April 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 24, 18 April 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 25, 25 April 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

fun 'n games comic issue 26, 2 May 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 27, 9 May 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 28, 16 May 1970
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fun 'n games comic issue 29, 23 May 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 30,
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fun 'n games comic issue 31, 6 June 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 32, 13 June 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 33, 20 June 1977

fun 'n games comic issue 34, 27 June 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

fun 'n games comic issue 35, 4 July 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

fun 'n games comic issue 36, 11 July 1970
image not to hand - can you help?

fun 'n games comic issue 37, 18 July 1970
image not to hand - can you help?

fun 'n games comic issue 38, 25 July 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 39,
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fun 'n games comic issue 40, 15 August 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

fun 'n games comic issue 41,
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fun 'n games comic issue 42,
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fun 'n games comic issue 43,
image not to hand - can you help?

fun 'n games comic issue 44,
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fun 'n games comic issue 45,
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fun 'n games comic issue 46,
image not to hand - can you help?

fun 'n games comic issue 47,
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fun 'n games comic issue 48,
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fun 'n games comic issue 49,
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fun 'n games comic issue 50,
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fun 'n games comic issue 51, 31 October 1970


fun 'n games comic issue 52, 7 November 1970


22 June 2022

UPDATED: Blue Moon - 1999

Here's a title (from 1999) well worth looking out for - having said that it seems so only come up for sale rarely so you may well be waiting a while for issues to appear. 

Anyway, the concept was a kids comic edited by Tim Quinn & Gillian Baverstock (Enid Blyton's eldest daughter) and looking at updating/continuing classic fairy tales. A dozen issues in total, here's issues 1-8 with all the various (very good!) creators involved...

Blue Moon, issue 1, 30th March-12th April 1999
contributors include Phil Gascoine, George Sears, Mario Capaldi, Steve Parkhouse, Sputnik, Joy Allen, Maureen & Gordon Gray, John Lupton

Blue Moon, issue 2, 13th April-26th April 1999
contributors include Phil Gascoine, Art Wetherell, George Sears, Sputnik, Steve Parkhouse, Mario Capaldi, Joy Allen, John Lupton, Maureen & Gordon Gray

Blue Moon, issue 3, 27th April-10th May 1999
contributors include Mario Capaldi, Phil Gascoine, Art Wetherell, George Sears, Sputnik, Steve Parkhouse, Mike Hadley, John Lupton, Maureen & Gordon Gray, Charlie Adlard

Blue Moon, issue 4, 11th May-24th May 1999
Contributors include Phil Gascoine, Art Wetherell, Steve Parkhouse, Sputnik, George Sears, Mario Capaldi, John Lupton, Bart Rivers

Blue Moon, issue 5, 25th May-7th June 1999
Contributors include Phil Gascoine, Art Wetherell, Steve Parkhouse, Mike Hadley, Sputnik, George Sears, Mario Capaldi, John Lupton, Malcolm Whittall

Blue Moon, issue 6, 5th July 1999
Contributors include Phil Gascoine, Art Wetherell, Sputnik, Steve Parkhouse, Francis Phillipps, Mario Capaldi, Bambos Georgiou, John Lupton, George Sears, Mario Capaldi, Malcolm Whittall, 

Blue Moon, issue 7, 2nd August 1999
Cover art by Charlie Adlard
Contributors include Phil Gascoine, Charlie Adlard, Sputnik, Steve Parkhouse, Mike Hadley, Francis Phillipps, Mario Capaldi, Bambos Georgiou, John Lupton, George Sears, Malcolm Whittall

Blue Moon, issue 8, 30th August 1999
Cover art by Francis PhillippsContributors include Phil Gascoine, Charlie Adlard, Sputnik, Steve Parkhouse, Francis Phillipps, Mario Capaldi, Bambos Georgiou, John Lupton, George Sears, Malcolm Whittall

More to come!