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19 October 2019

Mario Capaldi - Sylvanian Families (part 1)

Following on from recent Marvel UK postings (herehere and here) many of which featured covers by Mario Capaldi I thought I'd pull together a listing of his work on Original Sylvanian Families

Why? Well I knew from a few issues that I'd picked up that Mario seemed to have done the cover artwork on plenty of the issues but I didn't know if he'd done all of them. Anyway, there's too many issues to all fit into one blog posting so I've broken it into a few, smaller more manageable chunks...


Original Sylvanian Families, Marvel UK comic, issue 1, 22nd October 1988


Original Sylvanian Families, Marvel UK comic, issue 2, 5th November 1988


Original Sylvanian Families, Marvel UK comic, issue 3, 19th November 1988


Original Sylvanian Families, Marvel UK comic, issue 4, 3rd December 1988


Original Sylvanian Families, Marvel UK comic, issue 5, 17th December 1988

18 October 2019

Nick Raven - lost in the Amazon

A while ago (here) I looked at a book that, according to most of the comments that were left, most people seemed to reckon was about the best book people ever found in the school library. Copies of the series seem really hard to track down so I was delighted to spot this copy on ebay and swipe the photos from it.

So without further ado here's more examples of Gerry Embleton's art from the "...with Nick Raven and the S.A.T.A.N. Squad" series, this time we're Lost in the Amazon... 





Impressively the story is written by the leader of the Wallace Expedition to Amazonia (1978) - kudos.





17 October 2019

Marvel UK's Madballs comic

Following on from my 'Captain Planet' post yesterday I thought I'd look at another Marvel UK title I've not previously covered. So here's Madballs for your enjoyment, from 1987/8, an 8 issue series. 

I don't own of these issues so I've had to pinch them off the internet. It's hard to tell if the covers are showing you a children's horror comic (covers to issues 1 and 5) or whether it's a kids comic (covers to issues 2, 3, 4 & 7). Anyway, enjoy! 

Madballs comic, Marvel UK, issue 1, October 1987

Madballs comic, Marvel UK, issue 2, November 1987

Madballs comic, Marvel UK, issue 3, December 1987

Madballs comic, Marvel UK, issue 4, January 1988

Madballs comic, Marvel UK, issue 5, February 1988

Madballs comic, Marvel UK, issue 6, March 1988
cover image not to hand

Madballs comic, Marvel UK, issue 7, April 1988

Madballs comic, Marvel UK, issue 8, April 1988




I put the post up on a facebook group and, as you can see from the note below, John M Burns commented about colouring the cover for #1 

16 October 2019

Marvel UK - Captain Planet & the planateers

Prompted by a question on a facebook group together I've been inspired to look into the 'Captain Planet and the planeteers' comic...I don't have any copies myself so I've scoured t'internet for the images below...Marvel US put out a 12-issue series but for Marvel UK I've only got up to issue 4 so far - were there more? Let me know! 


Captain Planet and the planeteers, Marvel UK, issue 1, cover dated 12th October 1991

Captain Planet and the planeteers, Marvel UK, issue 2, cover dated 26th October 1991
Looks like Mario Capaldi on cover art duties 

Captain Planet and the planeteers, Marvel UK, issue 3, cover dated 9th November 1991
cover not to hand

Captain Planet and the planeteers, Marvel UK, issue 4, cover dated 23rd November 1991

Looks like Mario Capaldi on cover art duties

Captain Planet and the planeteers, Marvel UK, holiday special
Hmmm, where did they get that idea for a cover from?

And Tim Perkins worked on the annual (and he also worked on a colouring book and the colouring & activity book)



I posted the above in a Facebook group and John M Burns was kind enought to make a comment on the post...


15 October 2019

UPDATED: Biker mice from Mars - from Marvel UK

Biker Mice from Mars was a short-lived title from Marvel UK - only 7 issues were produced and it's proving a hard title to collect! When I was looking for cover scans there seemed to be more from the German version of the comic than the British!

More details when I get them - the Wikipedia page about the cartoon TV show that the comics were based on is here

Updates in red


Issue 1 - cover dated 17th Feb 1995


Issue 2 - cover dated 3rd March 1995

Issue 3 - cover dated 17th March 1995


Issue 4 - cover dated 31st March 1995

Issue 5 - cover dated 14th April 1995

Issue 6 - cover dated 28th April 1995

Issue 7 - cover dated 12th May 1995


From the 3 issue I have (1, 2 and 5) Dan Abnett appears to have been the main writer, David Leach has mainly done the colouring, some pencils by Lee Sullivan.  

14 October 2019

Updated - Swift picture books of

I recently acquired my first ever 'Swift picture book of...' - I've looked at Swift comic toys and collectables before (here and here) but it occurs to me that I've never really looked into this series of books. Right now I don't even know how many there are, but I think there's quite a lot, so let's have a quick google and see what I can find..

New additions denoted by red text
A Swift picture book Pets

A Swift picture book Buses, Coaches and Lorries [1960]

A Swift picture book Wild Bords and Animals of Britain [1959]

A Swift picture book The Circus and the Fair [1960]

A Swift picture book The wild west [1962]


A Swift picture book Aircraft [this is the 1962 reprint of the 1959 original]

A Swift picture book Aircraft [1961]

A Swift picture book Motor Racing [1961]

A Swift picture book Ballet [1961]

A Swift picture book Trains of the world [1962]

A Swift picture book Transport oddities [1962]

A Swift picture book Cars of the world [1962]

13 October 2019

Swift picture books - part 1

I recently acquired my first ever 'Swift picture book of...' - I've looked at Swift comic toys and collectables before (here and here) but it occurs to me that I've never really looked into this series of books. Right now I don't even know how many there are, but I think there's quite a lot, so let's have a quick google and see what I can find..

A Swift picture book Aircraft [this is the 1962 reprint of the 1959 original]

A Swift picture book Aircraft [1961]

A Swift picture book Motor Racing [1961]

A Swift picture book Ballet [1961]

A Swift picture book Trains of the world [1962]

A Swift picture book Transport oddities [1962]

A Swift picture book Cars of the world [1962]