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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Transformers - Way of the Warrior

I've recently acquired 3 (from a series of 5) small (smaller than A5) Marvel UK Transformers reprints, published by Titan Books in July 2005, to encourage you to seek them out I'm going to list the contents of each book so you can see what you are missing out on...

All the books highlight that the strips are taken from Marvel UK's Transformers title issues 219-222, 229, 237-239, 272-247, 282-283 & 249-50 - but as I don't have these I can't tell which issues the following stories originally appeared in...

Survivors! (part 1) - script by Simon Furman, art by Dan Reed
Survivors! (part 2) - script by Simon Furman, art by Dan Reed
Survivors! (part 3) - script by Simon Furman, art by John Stokes
Survivors! (part 4) - script by Simon Furman, art by John Stokes
The hunting party - script by Simon Furman, art by Simon Coleby
Way of the warrior - script by Simon Furman, art by Simon Coleby
Survival run - script by Simon Furman, art by Lee Sullivan
Savage Place - script by Simon Furman, art by Geoff Senior
Cry Wolf! - script by Simon Furman, art by Pete Knifton & Michael Eve
Wolf in the fold - script by Simon Furman, art by Staz
Where wolf? - script by Simon Furman, art by Stephen Baskerville & Jeff Anderson
Shut up! - script by Simon Furman, art by Staz
Manoeuvres! - script by Simon Furman, art by Pete Knifton & Pete Venters
Whose lifeforce is it anyway? - script by Simon Furman, art by Staz
Greatest gift of all!- script by Simon Furman, art by Staz

All in all about 80 pages of comicy goodness in a book that you can very nearly stuff in your pocket, more small reprints please!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Any Michael Moorcock fans out there?

...if so, can you help? I picked this up recently out of curiosity and I am wondering whether there are any other similar volumes?

It's "Heavy Metal presents" so I'm assuming it's a reprint from that magazine and it certainly contains a fair smattering of naked ladies. Anyway, googling "Michael Moorcock" brings up a lot of things I'm not interested in so any pointers gratefully received.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Comic price guides - the early years

Before Duncan McAlpine's enormous '90s price guides to British comics there were some earlier, less well-known publications

Here's the earliest one...published by Alan Austin in 1975...this covers US comic distributed in the UK after 1959 (before this distribution was too sporadic or non-existent). For comparison purposes let's track the price of one issues in all these volumes to see how prices changed, let's pick the first appearance of Spiderman in Amazing Fantasy #15 (mint condition) valued at £15.

These volumes seemed to go through a number of editions (hence why the purchase prices vary on these two volumes). This is the 4th edition and is undated. 

These volumes seemed to go through a number of editions (hence why the purchase prices vary on these two volumes). This is from February 1979 and Amazing Fantasy is up to £120. 

Chronologically next up is Denis Gifford's effort - although his effort is clearly focussed on British comics and should be seen as a pre-cursor for his later catalogues

Alan Austin then came back in 1983 with an updated comic guide. Amazing Fantasy #15 is now up to £300

According to my notes there was another price guide for 1979 (priced at 75p) but I can't seem to identify it - do you have a copy? Are there are other price guides that I've missed? Leave a comment here or on facebook.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Enid Blyton's adventure magazine cover gallery (4)

The final selection of these proto-graphic novels...

Issue 13 - adapted by Gail Renard & Les Lilley; art by Phil Gascoine

Issue 14 - adapted by Gail Renard & Les Lilley; art by Mike Dorey

Issue 15 - adapted by Gail Renard & Les Lilley; art by John Ridgway

Issue 16 - adapted by Gail Renard & Les Lilley; art by John Richardson

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Enid Blyton's adventure magazine cover gallery (3)

Back to this series I didn't finish showing last week...

Issue 9 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley - art by Mike Dorey

Issue 10 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley - art by John Ridgway

Issue 11 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley - art by John Richardson

Issue 12 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley - art by Bert Hill

Friday, 19 May 2017

Cricket annuals (3)

So as well as Denis Compton being famous enough to have a series of annuals published I wondered what other cricketers might have had this privilege conferred on them...
1983 (above)
1984 (below)

Sadly I'm not sure the equivalent annual exists today, so no annual for Kevin Pietersen, Ben Stokes or Joe Root any time soon I fear :(

One last one though, this one (from 1980) not apparently featuring Ian Botham at all...

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Cricket annuals (2)

After my last post about cricket annuals / books I had a sudden revelation that I should be searching under the name of famous cricketers and lo and behold I found the following...

I think this is the first Denis Compton annual (1951)







with apologies to Amazon, Abebooks and ebay - from where all these scans are sourced

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Leopard from Lime Street - limited edition

Rebellion's new "Treasury of British Comics" is now open for business here and the highlight of the (limited) range they have on sale is the limited edition Leopard from Lime Street reprint. The book includes numbered bookplate and art print.
After being scratched by a radioactive leopard, young Billy Farmer soon discovered that he had acquired the strength, agility and senses of the mighty jungle cat. Creating a costume to disguise his identity, Billy became the masked vigilante known as the ‘Leopard-Man’ – Selbridge’s premier crime fighter. Living with his aunt and mean uncle in a small house on Lime Street, Billy juggles his time between schoolwork and saving lives, earning some money on the side as a freelance photographer for the Selbridge Sun .
Created by Tom Tully, Mike Western and Eric Bradbury, The Leopard from Lime Street, is the crown jewel of British superhero comic strips.

Best of all this volume is being advertised as book 1 - further volumes must therefore be in the pipeline!

You can pre-order the limited edition (of 200) here for £22.99 plus postage
You can pre-order the regular edition here for £14.99 plus postage

Release date is noted as 12th July.

Cricket annuals (1)

Since Summer is nearly upon us my thoughts turn to my favourite Here's a selection of cricket annual to get you in the mood (!) for the Summer..

covers (above and below) by John Gillatt

Have I missed any other annuals - can you help? I'd also be interested in cricket strips, again, details welcomed

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Andersonic issue 22 now avilable

Issue 22 of ace Gerry Anderson fanzine Andersonic is now out, I've always this A5 fanzine to be extremely professionally produced and proof that print it not dead! I tend to buy the issues with a "comic heavy" focus but like I say, it's well worth supporting and I though it would be of interest to people here...

Issue 22 is now available (and eBay for a short period in the Collectibles > SF > Thunderbirds section) and features the following:-
David Palmer interview - David talks about his time in the Century 21 effects workshop on Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and UFO, along with tales of Thomas the Tank Engine, Derek Meddings' Colt 45 and miniature astronauts. Plus photos of the original VG-104 miniature from Joe 90 as it is today.
Archive: In 1993 Chris Drake interviewed Gerry Anderson for his book 'UFO and Space: 1999'. In the second part of the interview Gerry candidly discusses Space: 1999.
Parker Goes to Halifax - Stephen La Riviere writes about the making of the recent Thunderbirds TV advert for the Halifax Building Society.. 
Spirituality in the 21st Century - A look at how the Anderson series addressed this subject, from the Christmas episodes of the puppet series to the more agnostic outlook of Space: 1999's first series
Kit Conversion - how to build your own Red Arrow jet from Thunderbirds/ Edge of Impact
Space: 1999/ Breakaway - Mark Braxton revisits the explosive opening episode
UFO/ The Psychobombs - Mike Coldwell takes another look at a favourite instalment of UFO 
Pop-Up Props - Spotting the use of shop-bought toys in Stingray  
Reviews - Invasion UFO and UFO Blu-rays along with Fanderson's Space 1999 Year 2 soundtrack and Ed Bishop interview CDs.
Strip Story - A look at the UFO comic strip 'Voyage of Disaster' from TV Action back in 1972.
... plus art by Richard Smith and some other stuff
Issue 22 comprises 44 pages with colour inner & outer covers.
If you'd prefer to pay by cheque or PO, please get in touch for the new postal address. Back issues are also (mostly) in print.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Free Comic Book Day 2017 - 2000ad

For anyone who missed out of the excitement of Free Comic Book Day last weekend (Saturday 6th May), I just wanted to highlight the 2000ad free comic as it highlights some classic British characters that have joined Rebellion stable this year, and who we can, hopefully, look forward to seeing more of in 2017 and beyond.

Here's the cover...
And the page in question...
Can you remember them all?

Copies were available, well, for free, on the day - then quite cheaply afterwards (mine cost 99p from evilbay - and that including postage) but now are up to the £5-£6 mark.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Striker reprint volumes - more to come

Striker volume 1 was released, if I recall correctly just before Christmas 2016...

As we know volume 2 is currently is now available for pre-order at the Striker shop here and it looks great...

Entitled Thamesford to Warbury, it’s another quality heavyweight hardback of nearly 300 pages, featuring every Striker episode from the start of the colour strips in 1990 to the early Warbury adventures in 1994. As with the first book, there’s an introduction by Striker creator Pete Nash with his thoughts and memories from that particular period in Striker’s fascinating history. There are two purchase options: £25 (including post & packing) for an unsigned copy or £30 for a signed copy.

Books will be dispatched around the end of May 2017

Pete Nash has previously released some story details...

The Trouble With Theresa (conclusion) – what will happen to Nick’s new wife?

Burn-out – Nick joins a sinister Italian club where success really is a matter of life and death.
Falling Star– Nick’s new rival has his finger on the self-destruct button.
Deadly Ambition – enter Rodney Crampton, Thamesford’s murderous new owner.
Micky Mulligan’s Comeback – a hard-man defender comes out of retirement but hides a secret from Nick.
The Boy From Ballygilpaddy – Nick comes up against the IRA in Northern Ireland.

The new printer Pete has found means that he can basically print to order so it looks like they'll only be about 90 copies printed over and above what has already been ordered, and once they're gone, that's it. It also means that future volumes are unlikely to have such a quantity of 'spares' available for people who don't pre-order. 

Pete has also released the expected publication dates for the next 2 volumes...Volume 3 is expected out at the end of August 2017 and Volume 4 at the end of November 2017. Sounds good to me.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Action comic - the 'grail' issue

What happened to the banned issue of Action that was for sale recently?
Action - the banned issue - for sale (yet) again

Previously (here) 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 (here)

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

Then another copy turned up, it was originally listed at £2, but failed to sell - on 21st January 2017 for (bids from) £2,500;

It was then listed again ending 27th Feb 2017 for the reduced price of (bids from) £2,250 here
But again failed to sell.

It was then listed yet again, for bids starting from "just" £2,250 here but again failed to sell.

It was then listed again (bidding ending 16th April) - bids were again from £2,250 here and again it failed to sell.

Well now it's been listed AGAIN (ending 8th May 2017) but this time with a price reduction (of £250) so head over here and see if you have £2,000 burning a hole in your pocket.

Will it be a case of 5th time lucky? Watch this space.

UPDATE - the answer is no, it won't be 5th time lucky as it again failed to sell. Further price reductions to come before someone bids on it? We'll keep an eye on this one for you.

Note, this issue was actually just withdrawn from sale it wasn't banned.
Note also, those ebay links might only last 3 months so might not lead you anywhere - I've left them in for completeness.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Psst, wanna buy some Charley's War art?

It's over a decade since Comic Book Postal Auctions were able to offer us an opportunity to acquire some pages of Joe Colquhoun's stunning Charley's War art, but that opportunity has final arrived.

The latest auction is now open, you can bid here and you can also browse the catalogue here. As ever there are many gems to choose from but for me the standout items are lots 137 (below) and 136 (far below).

Lot 136 has an opening bid of £230 and an estimate of £250-300; and lot 138 has an opening bid of £600 and an estimate of £650-750. Based on prices realised by COMPAL a decade ago, I'd suggest these estimate are going to woefully understated given a top price of £909 (including 10% buyers premium) was paid for a single page in the Spring 2006 sale.

The other star lot for many collectors is likely to be lot 131 - a complete set of the Scottish editions of Vulcan - this is estimated at £400-500.
Again, I'd expect to see this go for big money - especially when you consider that COMPAL sold a complete set of the English series (so 28 comics) for £820 in their last auction - that's nearly £30 an issue!

There are also some extremely early copies of Beano and Dandy amongst the other lots.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Judge Dredd TV show is coming (hopefully!)

For anyone who missed the news yesterday (no, not the stuff with Trump & Comey), I mean the news about a Judge Dredd / Mega City One TV series being in development then look no further than here

Or watch it here on that youtube. Writers are on board but beyond that much work remains to be done to get the show off the ground, as Entertainment Weekly says "...the potential show is set in a future where the East Coast of the U.S. has become a crowded and crime-ridden megalopolis. The plan is to make the series an ensemble drama about a team of Judges — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner — as they deal with the challenges the future-shocked 22nd century throws at them.
The character of Dredd — who is known for his incorruptibility, harsh attitude towards law-breaking “perps,” and upper face-concealing helmet — was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra in 1977 and first appeared in the British science fiction anthology comic 2000 AD, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Judge Dredd has twice been adapted for the big screen. Sylvester Stallone played the titular character in 1995’s Judge Dredd, while Karl Urban portrayed the role in 2012’s Dredd. Although the latter was a box office disappointment, the Alex Garland-scripted film has garnered a substantial cult following of fans thanks in large part to its faithful representation of the original material. While the show is still in the early stages of development, and no talent or network affiliation has yet been announced, Wednesday’s news will be music to the ears of many who were left wanting more onscreen Dredd after the release of the 2012 film".

The story was also picked up by the BBC here and here. All sounds very exciting, if some way awat.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Enid Blyton's adventure magazine cover gallery (2)

Issue 5-8 of this title - which itself will subtly change its title when we arrive at issue 8 (the halfway point in the life of this title)

issue 5 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley; illustrated by Barrie Mitchell

issue 6 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley; illustrated by John Ridgway

issue 7 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley; illustrated by Bert Hill

issue 8 adapted by Gail Renard and Les Lilley; illustrated byPhil Gascoine

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lost Reginald Heade comic strip discovered? Can you help?

Telos (here) recently published the fantastic 'The art of Reginald Heade' volume, which while, naturally, focusing on Heade's paperback covers also delves a little into his rarely seen comic strip artwork. There's a review of the book here (written by me it has to be said).

Stephen Walker also published a sort of 'companion' article on Down the Tubes (here) digging a little more deeply into the comic artwork that Heade had produced. Stephen's sources were from well-respected publications, but in most cases more research was required to define precise start date, end date & even titles.

As Stephen notes in the article "...Alan Clark's Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors (British Library, 1998) noted Heade's work appeared in the 1940s and early 1950 in Knockout and Sun weeklies". He is able to identify strips that appeared in Knockout but as he says later in the article "...I have been unable to find any evidence of Heade having contributed to Sun, the other comic mentioned by Clark".

However, the Illustrated Comic Journal (#30, Winter 1995)

contains a long article by David Ashford on the many distinguished artists who have drawn Robin Hood over the years. He includes in his selection this excerpt from Sun comic dated 6th November 1956, drawn, he says, by Reginald Heade.
So the challenge is - do you have any copies of Sun magazine from that time that could be passed to Stephen for review to see if he can confirm that this is the missing Robin Hood strip he has been searching for for many years?

Leave a comment here or over on the Facebook page.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Enid Blyton's adventure magazine cover gallery (1)

From 1985 we have some early work by a variety of British creators on this London Editions title. 27-29 page adaptation of a Famous 5 story per issue.

Issue 1 adapted by Gail Bernard & Les Lilley; illustrated by John Ridgway

Issue 2 adapted by Gail Bernard & Les Lilley; illustrated by Bert Hill [who was he? Not come across the name before]

Issue 3 adapted by Gail Bernard & Les Lilley; illustrated by Phil Gascoine

Issue 3 adapted by Gail Bernard & Les Lilley; illustrated by Mike Dorey