5 March 2021
Friend of the blog Norman Boyd has pointed me here where US auction house Heritage Auctions have a page of Keith Burns art from his Johnny Red work up for auction.
The (coloured) pages appeared as pages 2 & 3 of issue 5 (dated March 2016) entitled Bastards and suckers.
As I type the bid is currently $62 (before buyer's premium) - it has 14 days to go (so I think it ends on 12th March). I'm sure the hammer price won't be $62.
My guide to Keith Burns work fro Commando can be found here
4 March 2021
The regular Catawiki auctions (based in the Netherlands so you need to be aware of potential Brexit related issues regarding importing your potential wins) end tonight (Thursday) and have just two pieces of British comics art in them. Both are Robot Archie pages from Lion by Edward 'Ted' Kearon.
Lot 45404839 is here and appears to be dated 17th Feb 1968
The 2nd lot is number 45404231 here and is a half-page from 1965 and is the end of the 'Return of the mole man story'.
3 March 2021
I first came across Keith Burns art when he illustrated the Titan comics Johnny Red series, since then he's just started illustrating Commando covers and the covers are fantastic. Here are the covers he's done so far...
Commando 5209 - American avenger
Commando 5215 - a matter of honour
Commando 5229 - shadow in the storm!
Commando 5241 - steel inferno
Commando 5267 - Braddock demons
Commando 5289 - the Wombat and the Tiger
Commando 5297 - fog of war
Commando 5299 - Sladen's promise
Commando 5307 - Stealing Stukas
Commando 5315 - Ironhide
Commando 5329 - Blitzkrieg west
Commando 5335 - Durand's Dunkirk
Commando 5337 - Dodger's Dunkirk
This issue is interconnected with issue 5337 Durand's Dunkirk but told from the perspective of the British fighting to stop their retreat.
Commando 5353 - Outgunned!
Commando 5355 - Bullseye Bruno
Commando 5377 - Third time lucky
Commando 5385 - The flying emu
Commando 5395 - HMAS Expendable
2 March 2021
The other day (here) I looked at Take a Break spin-off magazine - "Cosmic - the BEST kids' magazine in the universe" - this starred Captain Cosmic (who has his own annual here). I've now identified further issues of Cosmic and present them here...
Contributors are as follows:
Scripts: Guy Campbell
Pencils: Paul Moran
Inks: Simon Ecob
Colour: James McAlister
Plus for the final issue (red cover, dated 11-24 February 1999) there's also...
Glenn Dakin providing the script for the Taliska story, Adrian Salmon providing the pencils & Bambos Georgiou the inks. David Leach also get a shout out.
Cosmic magazine - August 1997
Volume 2 is 13 issues long; monthly dated issues from Jan-98 to Dec-98 and then up to at least issue 13 (which is dated 26 November - 9 December 1998). So I suppose there could be an issue 14, which would be dated 10 December 1998 - 23 December 1998, which seems an odd date to finish the year on. I suspect there were only 13 issues as these could have been published 4-weekly with then a 'Christmas' issue to make up the gap between publishing monthly and publishing every 4 weeks.
Cosmic magazine - issue 8
This is dated August 1998
Cosmic magazine - issue 9
This is dated September 1998
Cosmic magazine - issue 10
This is dated October 1998
Cosmic magazine - issue 11
This is dated November 1998
Cosmic magazine - issue 12
This is dated December 1998
Cosmic magazine - issue 13
This is dated 26 November 1998 - 9 December 1998
Sadly I've no idea how many further issues / volumes there were - if you know (or can fill in any of the gaps above) do just get in touch.
Cosmic magazine - issue 4
The dating of issue 4 as 11 Feb - 24 Feb means that previous issues must have been dated as follows:
Issue 3 = 28 Jan - 10 Feb
Issue 2 = 14 Jan - 27 Jan
Issue 1 = 1 Jan - 13 Jan
The format is consistent throughout...52 pages, plenty of comics, quizzes, competitions, posters, information, reviews - all that sort of stuff really that kids love. Issues have a Captain Cosmic strip at the start followed by Taliska's travels in time strip.
Further details have come to light since that first post...
1 March 2021
I'm familiar with these two really good book from Adam Riches...
I got my copies by winning a prize in the local newspaper! They're well worth tracking down.
What I wasn't familiar with was the fact that the books also came out in a limited edition as well - all wrapped up in a slipcase and in a box. Copies are available on ebay - this is what they look like...