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18 January 2020

Best of 2000ad launch to be celebrated at Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet London has just announced a great signing to celebrate the launch of 'Best of 2000ad' issue #1 - let's see what they have to say about it...


Join JAMIE McKELVIE, TOM MULLER, JOHN WAGNER and COLIN MACNEIL signing BEST OF 2000AD #1 at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 25th April 1 – 2pm!


The ultimate 2000 AD mix-tape has arrived! BEST OF 2000 AD is a brand-new full-colour US-size monthly designed for new readers, the essential gateway to the ‘Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.’

Collecting the finest stories of the UK publication’s modern era, BEST OF 2000AD features a self-contained 48-page Judge Dredd adventure supported by three of the legendary comic’s stand-out series.


Boasting work from legends John Wagner, Alan Moore, and Dan Abnett, with a brand new cover by Jamie McKelvie.

If you can't make it you can pre-order a signed copy here

17 January 2020

Ron Turner in Quizzer - part 2

A long time ago (here) along with friend of the blog Jeremy Briggs I looked at a obscure comic-cum-puzzle-magazine 'Quizzer' - we just looked at one particular strip on that occasion but there are other nuggets in there...In this issue of Junior Quizzer there's some (long-lost) Ron Turner work, so here it is again for your enjoyment...






Junior Quizzer is (c) Dez Skinn

16 January 2020

UPDATED: Girl comic merchandise

I've added some new items of merchandise - and these are highlighted in red

I've previously looked at some of the spin-off merchandise associated with Swift comic (here), Swift books (here) and Robin comic merchandise (here). In a similar vein I thought I should look into the merchandise produced by their sister title Girl. I've look at Girl novels (here and here) but this is the other merchandise that was produced.

I thought I'd be able to find more merchandise but googling 'girl comics merchandise' turns up a lot of stuff which is not to do with the Girl comic I'm after. Anyway, I'm sure more will turn up but here's what I've found so far...

Pelham puppet of 'Lettice Leefe' - a character created by John Ryan (who created Captain Pugwash and Harris Tweed for Eagle






Pelham also made a 'Belle of the Ballet' puppet as well


And then there's this - a Girl doll - featuring the Girl logo on the dress and the belt buckle




And there's this piece of Eagle/Girl crossover merchandise - yes, it's a table tennis set!


I'm sure there's more out there so if you have any images you could share just let me know.

Ah, a carpet sweeper! What a delightful piece of tie-in merchandise


And here's some more Girl products - I'd love to get bigger and better pictures of all of these but at least it gives me some stuff to look for

And, thanks to friend of the blog Jeremy Briggs we can also add these images...


...a blond haired version of the doll shown above...

...and a paintbox (which looks quite similar to the Swift paintbox that was also produced)...


15 January 2020

Death's Head: freelance peacekeeping agent mega-event

To celebrate the publication of Death's Head: freelance peacekeeping agent, Forbidden Planet London have arranged a mega signing event. Let's see what they have to say about it...
JOIN AN EPIC LINE UP of comics talent signing DEATH’S HEAD: FREELANCE PEACEKEEPING AGENT at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 29th February from 1 – 2pm!
Come and meet...

  • Simon Furman
  • John Higgins
  • Bryan Hitch
  • Geoff Senior
  • Lee Sullivan
  • Simon Williams

...as they bring us one of Marvel UK’s biggest stars - the robot-for-hire known as Death’s Head! Just don’t call him a bounty hunter, yes? Join the android assassin in this pulse-pounding collection of his original adventures, from distant dimensions to the far future.

Death’s Head has his sights locked on an array of enemies - and will encounter familiar faces, including the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, She-Hulk and Arno Stark, the ruthless Iron Man of the future! But are you ready for Death’s Head’s mind-bending origin? For that matter, is he?!



Buy this book and stay healthy, yes?

The signing takes place at the London megastore on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 1pm-2pm - if you can't make the signing you can pre-order the book (for £33.50+postage) here

14 January 2020

Ian Kennedy in Junior Quizzer - part 2

A long time ago (here) along with friend of the blog Jeremy Briggs I looked at a obscure comic-cum-puzzle-magazine 'Quizzer' - we just looked at one particular strip on that occasion but there are other nuggets in there...In this issue of Junior Quizzer there's some (long-lost) Ian Kennedy work, so here it is again for your enjoyment...





The answer to the puzzle is... driver Johnny Bull managed to drive his Centurion straight at the stout tree which lay ahead of the tank. He snagged the collapsed gun barrel against the trunk and drove the tank on hard...thus forcing the turret round, clearing his escape hatch!

Junior Quizzer is (c) Dez Skinn

13 January 2020

UPDATED: Zig and Zag's zogazine

Following some positive feedback from my initial posting about the Zogazine I've been able to add a little more information to my original posting, updates are highlighted in red...

As someone with an interest in comics produced by Fleetway (in all its incarnations) rather than DC Thomson I thought I'd share some images of the 6 issue 'Zig and Zag's zogazine' that Fleetway editions produced in late 1994 / early 1995.

Art is just by the one artist, John Moore, but also Kev Sutherland wrote the stories and Mike Butcher was editor (although Dave Hunt is also credited in issue 4 as editor), Elitta Fell also involved (lettering) and Dave Windett pencilled the strips.

I have to say that I'm impressed with how much of a comic this actually is - I thought it might just all be large photos and stuff with mimima actual comics content, but no, it's a real comic.


Dave Hunt also had this to say...





Zig and Zag's zogazine - issue #1 (Fleetway Editions ltd), October 1994

Free gift from issue 1...





Zig and Zag's zogazine - issue #2 (Fleetway Editions ltd), November 1994


Free gift from issue 2...






Zig and Zag's zogazine - issue #3 (Fleetway Editions ltd), December 1994


Zig and Zag's zogazine - issue #4 (Fleetway Editions ltd), January 1995



Zig and Zag's zogazine - issue #5 (Fleetway Editions ltd), February 1995




Zig and Zag's zogazine - issue #6 (Fleetway Editions ltd), March 1995