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31 December 2019

Ron Smith archive, part 3

A while ago the Ron Smith archive was sold off on ebay - I grabbed the images while I could, so here's the first part of those images, a rare glimpse inside the eclectic collection of a great artist...










30 December 2019

Tank Girl - Carioca

A recent acquisition is this 3-part Tank Girl mini-series (from 2011/12) that I somehow managed missed back in the day. For me, it's not Tank Girl that's the main attraction here but rather close on 150 pages of Mike McMahon's art!

Mike's Wikipedia entry (here) lists this work as McMahon's only work after the year 2002. So, well worth looking out for.

One day, I'll do a piece on Mike's work for Sonic The Hedgehog comic, but I've got a bit more collecting to do on that front first. 

Issue 1 - November 2011 


Issue 2 - Decmber 2011

Issue 3 - January 2012

29 December 2019

The Stainless Steel Rat - Eagle comics reprint

Listening recently to the always entertaining & informative 'Mega City bookclub' podcast (specifically episode 58) reminded me that Carlos Ezquerra had once drawn 'The Stainless Steel Rat' comicstrip.

These strips were reprinted in a 6-issue mini-series (in standard US comic book format) in 1985/6, covers are here - well worth hunting down!

Issue 1, dated October 1985

Issue 2, dated November 1985


Issue3, dated December 1985

Issue 4, dated January 1986

Issue 5, dated February 1986

Issue 6, dated March 1986

There's also a trade paperback collection...

28 December 2019

The world of Wym - Any Lanning & John Carnell

Those creators of The Sleaze Brothers, Andy Lanning & John Carnell, are also the creators of this obscure kids title from 1990...The world of Wym.

There's a lack of info. about this on t'internet and in fact the only thing I could find about it is this blog link / youtube clip here which is the only evidence that I can prove all 6 issues of this title were actually produced!

Credits are as follows:
Creator / Artists = Andy Lanning
Creator / Writer = John Carnell
Co-creator / Artist = Anthony Williams
Lettering = Bambos Georgiou
Editor = Nancy Hazel
Managing editor = Floron Florenzo
Editorial Director = Etta saunders

Issue 1 seems easy to get hold of but all other issues are really hard to get hold of, I've picked up the only issues of issue 2 & 4 that I've ever seen.

The world of Wym, Clearmark publications, issue 1 (March 1990)

The world of Wym, Clearmark publications, issue 2 (April 1990)

The world of Wym, Clearmark publications, issue 3 (May 1990
issue not to hand

The world of Wym, Clearmark publications, issue 4 (June 1990)

The world of Wym, Clearmark publications, issue 5 (July 1990)
issue not to hand

The world of Wym, Clearmark publications, issue 6 (August 1990)
issue not to hand

27 December 2019

Frank Bellamy - To be or not to be

If you missed out on the recent opportunity (in the November 2019 comic book postal auction) to acquire this early, early piece of Frank Bellamy artwork then not to worry it's back on sale!

Described as 
The Catering Corps Sergeant in a dilemma over the troops tinned rations menu. (Probably hung in the Sgt's Mess!)
From the Bob Monkhouse archive
Indian ink and wash on card. 14 x 10 ins 


It sold for £125 (according to Norman Boyd's amazing Frank Bellamy blog here) - but it's back on sale here for $1,725 (or offers).

I won't be bidding but I just wanted to grab a few of the images here because they were slightly higher resolution than when originally sold.  






26 December 2019

Ron Smith archive, part 1

A while ago the Ron Smith archive was sold off on ebay - I grabbed the images while I could, so here's the first part of those images, a rare glimpse inside the eclectic collection of a great artist...










25 December 2019

It's a Computer Warrior christmas

From new Eagle dated 13th January 1990 comes this Christmas-y story - sharing with you here to show off the fact that I recently got this particular issue signed by the creative team...Happy Christmas!





and here are the writer (left) and artist (right) pictured together for the first time (at Swapmeet #5, Saturday 28th September 2019)


24 December 2019

Happy Christmas from new Eagle (part 2)

Happy Christmas from new Eagle - the covers 1986-90...after 1990 the Christmas cover disappeared as new Eagle went monthly. 

Happy Christmas to all!

art by Jose Ortiz

Art by Robin Smith

Art by Sandy James

Art by Keith Watson


23 December 2019

happy Christmas from new Eagle (part 1)

Here's the Christmas covers from new Eagle from 1982-5, more Christmas coming for the next 2 days...

Art by Eric Bradbury (I think) 

Art by Jose Ortiz

Art by Robin Smith

22 December 2019

Steve Dillon - CMNI #40

Listening to the 2000ad Thrillcast episode remembering artist Steve Dillon I heard Richard Burton talking about using Steve on his fanzines back in the day. Knowing that Richard was most likely to be talking about Comic Media News International (CMNI) I've looked at them to check out Steve's contribution to this zine...

I'll look at issue 40 today. Issue 38 was covered here and issue 39 was covered here, but for now here's issue 40 (from Summer 1980)...





21 December 2019

Steve Dillon - CMNI #39

Listening to the 2000ad Thrillcast episode remembering artist Steve Dillon I heard Richard Burton talking about using Steve on his fanzines back in the day. Knowing that Richard was most likely to be talking about Comic Media News International (CMNI) I've looked at them to check out Steve's contribution to this zine...

I looked at issue 38 yesterday (here) and I'll look at issue 40 tomorrow, but for now here's issue 39 (from May - June 1979)...