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2 October 2022

UPDATED: Marvel UK's 'Rugrats' comics

I've looked at all sort of Marvel (UK) comics on the blog just click on this link to check 'em all out but today it's a new title for me - yes it's Rugrats the comic. I'm unclear how long this actually lasted. I know it lasted at least 24 issues (see cover scan below) and issues were listed in Comics International up to #31 [in CI issue 94] but Comics International #95 has an issue listed but no issue number. So, issue 32 seems like the likeliest highest number that Rugrats could have reached but I'd be delighted to know for sure.

UPDATE: the letterer Gordon Robson has been in touch to say that issue 29 was (he believes) the final issue. I have therefore adjusted the listing below.

Updates are highlighted in red

Personally I'm still looking for issues 22, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29 

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 1
Contributors include Bambos, Mario Capaldi, Steve White

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 2
Contributors include Adrian Salmon, Bambos, Simon Furman, Mario Capaldi, Stephen Baskerville 

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 3
Contributors include David Leach, Mario Capaldi, Simon Furman

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 4
Contributors include Bambos, Steve White, Adrian Salmon, Simon Furman

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 5
Contributors include Bambos, David Leach, Adrian Salmon

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 6
Contributors include Bambos, Simon Furman, Steve White, Adrian Salmon

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 7
Contributors include Adrian Salmon, Bambos

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 8
Contributors include Adrian Salmon, Bambos, David Leach, Simon Furman

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 9
Contributors include Bambos, Adrian Salmon, Steve White, David Leach, Matt Brooker [D'Israeli]

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 10
Contributors include Adrian Salmon, David Leach, Matt Brooker [D'Israeli]

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 11
Contributors include David Leach, Adrian Salmon, Bambos, Matt Brooker [D'Israeli], Steve White

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 12
Contributors include Adrian Salmon, Nick Abadzis, David Leach, Simon Furman, Gordon Rennie

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 13
Contributors include Mike McMahon, Bambos, Steve White

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 14
Contributors include David Leach, Simon Furman, Mike Hadley

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 15
Contributors include Mike Hadley, Gordon Rennie, Steve White, Bambos

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 16
Contributors include Bambos, Steve White, Simon Furman

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 17
Contributors include David Leach, Bambos, Adrian Salmon

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 18
Contributors include Bambos, Steve White, Simon Furman

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 19
Contributors include Bambos, Steve White, Gordon Rennie

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 20
Contributors include Bambos, Steve White, Adrian Salmon, Simon Furman

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 21
Contributors include Bambos, Steve White, David Leach

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 22
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Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 23
Contributors include Bambos, Steve White, David Leach

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 24
Contributors include Bambos, David Leach, Steve White

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 25

Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 26
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Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 27
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Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 28
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Rugrats comic, published by Marvel UK, issue 29
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1 October 2022

Latest Catawiki auction now open for bids

The latest Catawiki auction is now open for bidding (with the auction closing, as ever, on Thursday evening) and I've picked out my British comic art highlights...

This is an Edward Kearon Robot Archie page from the 1967 Lion story Archie and the mystery of the giant bats

This is a Thunderbirds page from Thunderbirds Extra 2 - Catawiki have credited it to "Thunderbirds studio". I thought it might be by MIke Noble but Norman Boyd (who's more of a TV21 & Mike Noble expert than me) has suggested it's not Noble but is in fact by Eric Eden. 

This is from a Modesty Blaise strip ("The ballonatic", 1982) by Neville Colvin

This is a Modesty Blaise strip by Romero 
This is an Axa strip by Romero 




30 September 2022

UPDATED: Comics diaries

I've looked at the diaries produced by EagleGirl & Swift before, but in separate posts, so I thought I might usefully pull that information together into a single post.

Eagle
Diaries were produced for at least 1951-63. No diary would have been produced for 1950 (Eagle launched in mid-April so that would have made no sense). I have copies of diaries for the following years...1951-4 & 1957-63, so I'm just missing 1955 & 1956 (and any produced from 1964 onwards). 
Diaries typically look like this...

Girl
Only example I've ever seen - no idea how many were produced. This is for 1956.





Swift
Only example I've ever seen - no idea how many were produced

Judge Dredd diaries
For the year 2000...


and these images (all swiped from here) of a numbered limited edition version of the year 2000 diary as well








29 September 2022

latest Catawiki auction ends tonight

Just a reminder that the auction closes tonight - good luck if you're bidding on anything!


The latest Catawiki auction of comic art is now open for bids, as ever I've picked out my British comic art highlights...Bidding closes on Thursday night.

Here's a Don Lawrence Trigan Empire page from the 1973 story 'The house of the five moons'

Here's a Ruggero Giovannini Olac the Gladiator page

Here's a Ted Kearon Robot Archie page from a 1967 issue of Lion

Here's another Don Lawrence illustrated Trigan Empire page - this time from the 1968 story "The three princes". 


28 September 2022

DC Thomson signatures & sketches

This is up for auction today - don't forget! And good luck if you bid...

An intriguing item is up for sale at the end of the month in Edinburgh...

The link to the auction can be found here

The items description is as follows...
Watkins, Dudley D. (1907-1969) Oor Wullie, original pen and ink sketch, 1940 showing Wullie on his bucket, saying 'I'm fed up again!', signed and dated lower right, on leaf of light blue paper (9.8 x 11.8cm), in an autograph album containing 12 additional sketches in various media (watercolour, pen and ink, or pencil), including: James Leuchars 'Jimmy' Crighton (1892-1962), 'Korky the Cat', signed 'J L Crighton', dated 1940, (pen and ink with bodycolour); three sketches possibly by George Ramsbottom (1903-1989), comprising a cowboy on a horse, a man on an elephant, and a vicar in a bowler hat with caption 'Seeing what an awful time I took to put something in your little book I feel that I really should draw something that is very, very good!', all signed 'G. R.' and dated 1940; David M. Ogilvie (?-?), Young boy with a shovel and fire bucket, dated 1940; and others including an anthropomorphic rabbit with caption 'Gee Norma, we've been trying for hours, but we just can't think of anything to draw in your book', signed Balch, 1951; and similar; many leaves loose (including 6 with sketches, but not the Oor Wullie) 

Note: An early original sketch of Oor Wullie dating from four years after the appearance of the first Oor Wullie comic strip in 1936, and the year before the first Oor Wullie annual in 1941. The album may have belonged to a young girl with a relative who worked at D. C. Thomson, as Jimmy Crighton, George Ramsbottom and David M. Ogilvie were also D. C. Thomson artists. Dudley Watkins only began signing his published work in 1946, 'a privilege afforded to only a few comic strip artists in those days (it also ensured his loyalty to Thomson following attempts by a rival publisher to lure him away from Dundeed)' (David Anderson, 'How Beano and Dandy Artist Dudley D. Watkins made Generations of Comic Fans Roar with Laughter', 25th June 2021, online). His other creations including Desperate Dan for the Dandy and Lord Snooty for the Beano.

As I type this 2 bids have been received and the price is currently at £190. A lovely item - good luck if you bid!


Boom! Hammer price is £500


2 day comic auction - Sep22

This auctions starts today - don't forget - good luck if you're bidding on any items!

Anderson & Garland have announced a 2 day comics auction on Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th September. The catalogue is now available to view all the lots right here. There are over 1,000 lots to look at, and many, many highlights. British comics are well represented and there are some fine US lots as well.

I've picked out just a few of the British comics highlights...

Lot 321 here is a run of TV21 comics from issue 1-100 - these look to be in great condition


Lot 322 here has a great run of Ranger comic, issues 1-40


Lots 323-347 are a run of lots focusing on issue 1's. 

Lot 329 (here) has an issue of (Junior) Quizzer amongst it. Check out all my posts on this elusive comic here

Lot 336 (here) has an issue of Bea amongst it. Check out all my posts on this elusive comic here

Lot 754 (here)  has issues 2, 3, 4 & 5 of Viz

Lot 757 (here) is a Dave McKean lot


Lot 760 (here)  is 2000AD #2

Lot 761 (here) is "Burger Wars" episodes of 2000AD

Lot 769 (hereis issues 1&2 of 2000AD

Lots 798-814 are all the original art for various picture libraries. Art is by people like Oliver Frey, Jordi Penalva, Allesandro Biffignandi, Giorgio de Gaspari, Vincente Alcazar, Graham Coton and others. Some examples are shown below...