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7 May 2021

Lion comic free gifts

I don't collect Lion comic but I've seen a few free gifts listed on ebay recently so I thought I'd see what was out there...if you can clarify which specific issues these gifts came with I'd be very grateful.

I'm sure there are more free gifts out there but these are my 'starter for 10'...

I understand this was a free gift with issue #2


More images cribbed from ebay...


Another early looking gift...


This is for sale on ebay and the seller says that this was free with issue #361 (January 17th 1959)



Free with Lion issue #116 (May 8th 1954)


Free with Lion issue #117 (May 15th 1954)


Free with Lion issue #118 (May 22nd 1954)




And here's a 1963 free gift...



Free with Lion issue dated February 7th 1970



6 May 2021

UPDATED: Boys and girls Exhibitions

Following on from a recent post on Down the Tubes yesterday (here) I thought I should fish out my collection of programmes related to the exhibition - and a few other exhibitions too...

Hulton's boys and girls exhibition 1956

Hulton's boys and girls exhibition 1957
black & white reproduction of the colour cover

a low-res scan of the programme cover...



Hulton's boys and girls exhibition 1958

Hulton's boys and girls exhibition 1959

The boys and girls exhibition 1960 - sponsored by Eagle, Girl, Swift, Robin

The boys and girls exhibition 1961 - sponsored by Eagle, Girl, Swift, Robin

Boys' and girls' exhibition adventure 1962

Daily Mail boys' and girls' exhibition 1963 (28th December 1962-12 January 1963)

Daily Mail boys' and girls' exhibition 1964 (28th December 1963-11th January 1964)

Daily Mail schoolboys & girls exhibition 1965 (28th December 1964-January 9th, 1965)
image from here 

Exhibition 1966
cover not to hand

Exhibition 1967
cover not to hand

Daily Mail boys' and girls' exhibition 1968


The update I have is that I have recently come across this piece of ephemera relating to the (1958) exhibition...a recent £3 bargain on ebay


5 May 2021

UPDATED: Pocket chiller library

Following on from my post yesterday about Dave Gibbons contribution to the Pocket Chiller Library series (here) - his first paid work no less - I thought I'd have a go at building on the work that John Freeman has done (here) and see what issues of PCL I could find.

Right then, a quick search has revealed these nasties / beauties (delete as applicable)...there's plenty more out there so I'll add to this post as I go along.

Pocket Chiller library #2 - The jewels

Pocket Chiller library #3 - The monster of Rillington place

Pocket Chiller library #6 - The evil eye


Pocket Chiller library #9 - The ghost

Pocket Chiller library #11 - To kill for kicks

Pocket Chiller library #15 - The potholer

Pocket Chiller library #17 - The mummy

Pocket Chiller library #19 - Billy the kid


Pocket Chiller library #20 - The statue

Pocket Chiller library #22 - The body snatcher

Pocket Chiller library #23 - followers of Satan

Pocket Chiller library #24 - Hands of evil

Pocket Chiller library #25 - The bloody flowers

Pocket Chiller library #26 - Hypnosis

Pocket Chiller library #27 - The secret in the cellar


Pocket Chiller library #29 - Obsession

Pocket Chiller library #32 - The monster maker

Pocket Chiller library #35 - The mutant

Pocket Chiller library #37 - The cry of the wolfman

Pocket Chiller library #38 - The children of the damned


Pocket Chiller library #40 - Fear has a thousand eyes

Pocket Chiller library #41 - Nightmare curse

Pocket Chiller library #42 - The dark fiend

Pocket Chiller library #43 - The dead are awake and walking
interior art by Dave Gibbons

Pocket Chiller library #44 - The unquiet grave

Pocket Chiller library #45 - Fury

Pocket Chiller library #46 - The mummies

Pocket Chiller library #47 - The cupboard

Pocket Chiller library #49 - The finger


Pocket Chiller library #50 - The snake woman

Pocket Chiller library #51 - Epitaph to a madman

Pocket Chiller library #52 - The monkey

Pocket Chiller library #53 - The Devil-Worshippers


Pocket Chiller library #54 - Shadow on the mind

Pocket Chiller library #55 - The strangler

Pocket Chiller library #56 - The rope


Pocket Chiller library #57 - The face in the mirror

Pocket Chiller library #60 - The bat


Pocket Chiller library #61 - The skull

Pocket Chiller library #62 - Face in the fog
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #63 - The hangman
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #64 - The night of the cactus
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me


Pocket Chiller library #65 - Unseen master
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #66 - Dark vengeance
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #67 - Trip fantastic
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #68 - The spider
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #69 - Born to be evil

Pocket Chiller library #70 - The hands of death
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #71 - Return from the dead
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #72 - The Kolby curse
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

Pocket Chiller library #73 - The evil comes from out there
cover art looks like Mick Austin to me

Pocket Chiller library #74 - Fear of night
cover art looks like Mick Austin to me

Pocket Chiller library #75 - Exterminate

Pocket Chiller library #76 - Tomb of the vampire

Pocket Chiller library #77 - Dead man's eyes

Pocket Chiller library #78 - Immortal armour

Pocket Chiller library #80 - The curse of suicide

Pocket Chiller library #81 - Execution of sinners


Pocket Chiller library #83 - Terror in wax

Pocket Chiller library #84 - Brutes of Hell

Pocket Chiller library #86 - Harridan of doom

previously presented as issue #27 - the secret in the cellar

Pocket Chiller library #87 - Gibbet of the Damned

Pocket Chiller library #89 - Creature of the night

Pocket Chiller library #94 - Half human

previously issued as issue 35 - the mutant

Pocket Chiller library #97 - Insane with terror

previously issued as issue 38 - the children of the damned

Pocket Chiller library #96 - Man-Beast

Pocket Chiller library #99 - Curse of Zilhaus

Pocket Chiller library #102 - Unholy friends
interior art by Dave Gibbons

previously issued as issue 43 - the dead are awake and walking

Pocket Chiller library #103 - Pit of hell

previously issued as issue 44 - the unquiet grave



Pocket Chiller library #106 - Left to die

previously issued as issue 47 - the cupboard


Pocket Chiller library #110 - The fiend

Pocket Chiller library #112 - Everlasting night

Pocket Chiller library #118 - Shadows of the night

Pocket Chiller library #120 - The skull

Pocket Chiller library #121 - Face in the fog
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

previously issued as 62 - 'Face in the fog'

Pocket Chiller library #122 - The hangman
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

previously issued as 63 - the hangman

Pocket Chiller library #123 - The night of the cactus
cover art looks like Rex 'Crowe Street Comp' Archer to me

previously issued as 64


Pocket Chiller library #125 - Dark vengeance

Pocket Chiller library #129 - The hands of death

Pocket Chiller library #132 - The evil comes from out there

Pocket Chiller library #135 - Tomb of the vampire

Previously issued as #76 

Pocket Chiller library #136 - To kill for kicks

Previously issues as issue 11 - to kill for kicks

Pocket Chiller library #137 - Doctor Satan