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18 September 2019

Pop #37 - lost Ron Smith strip re-discovered

Over here (whilst looking, as ever for me, for all things to do with Powerman comic) I found an advert in the 'Comics 101' booklet / brochure for a comic called 'Pop'...



Up until very recently I had no idea what was in Pop - the good news is that I now have some idea as (thanks to friend of the blog Ron Tiner) I now have a copy of Pop (issue 37 to be precise).

So here it is, this companion to Powerman... 


It's a younger version of Powerman really and the most notable contributor is Ron Smith, here's his contribution in full...



Sadly I don;t knwo how long Pop lasted or how few/many issue Ron Smith contributed to.

17 September 2019

War Story by Carlos Ezquerra (from issue 8)

My interest (obsession?) with all things Powerman continues...I've looked at Powerman before (here) and I've tried to gather together all the images I can find of this rare Nigerian comic by Brian Bolland & Dave Gibbons. Some more images recently became available (thanks ebay!) so I swiped them for posterity and they can be found as follows...

a). issue 18 is here
b). issue 16 is here
c). issue 10 is here
d). issue 9 is here
e). issue 8 is here
f). issue 7 is here
g). issue 11 is here
h). and there's an interview with Brian Bolland here
i). Ron Tiner talks Powerman here

But today I thought I shine the spotlight on the contribution that Carlos Ezquerra made to issue 8 (I looked at issue 11 here) - so here's Carlos's art from 1975 for you all to enjoy...






16 September 2019

War Story by Carlos Ezquerra (from Powerman issue 11)

My interest (obsession?) with all things Powerman continues...I've looked at Powerman before (here) and I've tried to gather together all the images I can find of this rare Nigerian comic by Brian Bolland & Dave Gibbons. Some more images recently became available (thanks ebay!) so I swiped them for posterity and they can be found as follows...



a). issue 18 is here
b). issue 16 is here
c). issue 10 is here
d). issue 9 is here
e). issue 8 is here
f). issue 7 is here
g). issue 11 is here
h). and there's an interview with Brian Bolland here
i). Ron Tiner talks Powerman here

But today I thought I shine the spotlight on the contribution that Carlos Ezquerra made to issue 11 - so here's Carlos's art from 1975 for you all to enjoy...









15 September 2019

it's an Awesome postcard art challenge

So, here we have the donations to date for my 'original sketch on a  postcard' challenge, in aid of Little Heroes comics - you can donate right here

I'll add more images as they arrive up until October 20th and then I'll sort out a way to let people buy raffle tickets to be in with a chance of winning - only when you get the art sent to you will you discover the artist responsible...

So without further ado, let's start with some art...




Man-thing (after Ed Hannigan)
 Werewolf by night - after Don Perlin
 Ghost Rider - after Mike Ploog

Morbius - after Frank Robbins

Frankenstein - after Dick Briefer

14 September 2019

David Pugh signing Loner comic collection - today

This is today folks, don't forget!

For all Bristol-based comic fans...great news, to celebrate the publication of Loner the comics artist David Pugh will be making a rare appearance at your Forbidden Planet store on Saturday 14th September, from 1pm

MEAN. TOUGH. RUTHLESS. ALONE!
Ex-mercenary Loner always works alone. Even if it means being on an alien planet as the sole member of one of the spacecraft Wildcat s exploration teams!
With only his customised six-shooter, Babe , and some alien fur balls as company, Loner must contend with psychic aliens, subterranean monstrosities, and angry shapeshifters. He might be the toughest, but can he survive being shrunk, melted, and transformed on a planet that seems to want him dead?
David Pugh moved from advertising to comics in 1977 when he started to draw Sláine for 2000 AD. He later worked on the Wildcat and on Dan Dare for Eagle. His most successful work in the American industry was on Neil Gaiman's Phage: Shadowdeath. He has also worked for Games Workshop and produced the graphic novel Obvious Tactics for Black Library Publishing. He is a published author and helped set up Bus Fare, a charity set up to help migrant workers and refugees reunite with their families.


A signed copy can be ordered here

David has also shared this image of his plans for September (Friday) 13th + (Saturday) 14th
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13 September 2019

UPDATED (AGAIN) : Beano calendars

Following on from a previous post (here) about Oor Wullie calendars I realised that there must be other DC Thomson calendars out there so I set off to google Beano calendars - so here's my guide to collecting them...

Don't forget you can review Commando calendars here and Judge Dredd calendars here

New material is highlighted in red











Interestingly the 1992 edition has a reference that says "Number 7" in the top right cover - indicating that this is the 7th edition of the calendar...

...hmmm, and the 1993 calendar says "Number 8"...

...hmmm, and the 1994 calendar says "Number 9"...



...thingk the 1995 one says 'number 10' in the top right corner

no sign of 1996 (yet!)

Here's the 1997 calendar - you'll see from the back cover picture that this is (helpfully) number as number 12 so there must have been a calendar for 1996 (to be number 11)


The 1998 calendar

The 1999 calendar (left) and the envelope it came in (right)


The 2000 calendar (right) and the envelope it came in (left)


Here's the 2002 calendar


2003 calendar


Then 2004...


No 2005 calendar (I think!) so here's the 2006 edition... 

Hmmm, so for 2004 and 2006 it seems there were 2 calendars for Beano fans...

The 2015 calendar...



The 2017 calendar...


...And then the 2018 calendar...



...and here we are for 2019...