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25 May 2022

Towel day 2022

In honour of it being 'Towel day' today (here) I'm highlighting comics based on adaptations of the work of Douglas Adams. So without further ado...

My Towel Day 2021 post is here

This was a new one on me when I spotted it for sale recently - an Indiegogo signed limited edition (of 500) of The salmon of doubt. I seem to have missed this at the time completely! Off to do some research...







24 May 2022

'Magnetic Brain' art by Ron Turner

I reported previously (here) about a 'modern day' recreation of a Ron Turner cover that was up for sale...well if you missed out then the good news is that you've another chance now - albeit a different image. For sale here this is, as the seller says...

Ron Turner recreated this cover which originally appeared in the legendary VARGO STATTEN paperback series, first published in 1953.

The medium used is gouache and the size of the image is 365 x 255mm

Overall size of board is 490 x 355mm

Artwork is in excellent condition


The auction runs until 8pm 29th May 2022 (BST) - bidding starts at £395 - good luck if you bid!

Check out all Ron Turner mentions on the blog here

23 May 2022

Andy Capp talk at the Cartoon Museum

Tickets are on sale now (right here in fact) for a talk at the Cartoon Museum (Wells Street, London) on Thursday 4th August about all things Andy Capp

As it says on their website...
The Cartoon Museum is pleased to present a celebration of the 65th anniversary of Reg Smythe’s Andy Capp. A comic strip classic published in the Daily Mirror.

We will look at the history of the cartoon, the story of Reg’s life and his huge success. Join us for a panel discussion looking at how the comic has remained so popular to this day and a viewing of original artworks.

On the panel will be:
Helene Elysee - As Reg Smythe’s niece, Helene was very close to Reg thoughout his life and has a wealth of fascinating stories about the man behind the cartoon. Helene is the author of the wonderful biography of Reg called My Dancing Bear.
Lawrence Goldsmith - Current artist and co-writer of Andy Capp. Lawrence will talk about his long career as a newspaper artist and how he came to work on the strip.
Sean Garnett - Sean co-writes Andy Capp and is hugely respected journalist and writer in his own right too.
Fergus McKenna - Fergus is the Content Sales Director of Reach PLC. He is in charge of the worldwide syndication and licensing of the Andy Capp brand.

Tickets cost £10 and the talk runs from 6:30pm - 8pm

22 May 2022

A taste of one's own medicine exhibition opens @ RCP

Royal College of Physicians opens new exhibition exploring satire in medicine
Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, free entry, no need to book (for groups of up to 5 people), usually open late the first Thursday of the month).

As it says on their website...
The Royal College of Physician’s (RCP's) new exhibition - A taste of one’s own medicine - explores the enduring appeal of satirical images, and how doctors have been ridiculed, reprimanded and maligned for centuries.

Opening on 3 May and based at the RCP’s Museum in Regent’s Park, the exhibition will comprise a unique collection of medical satire prints from the mid-18th century to the 1980s, selected and given by doctors and members over its 500-year history.

Graphic satire has saturated all levels of society since it emerged as a skilled artform in the 17th century. It developed into a thriving industry in the 18th century, becoming a powerful tool for expressing political and social opinions, not least towards medical professionals.


The exhibition includes satirical artist William Hogarth’s print ‘The company of undertakers’ which famously attacked the medical profession, cartoonist James Gillray’s print criticising English doctor Edward Jenner following his development of a successful vaccine against smallpox, and an illustration of one of the adventures of Baron Munchausen denouncing the effectiveness of the RCP in the 18th century.

Lowri Jones, senior curator of the RCP Museum, said:
“Caricature and satirical images have an enduring appeal, and that is true as much in the past as it is today. The satirical prints that sit within the RCP Museum’s 5000-strong art collection were collected and donated by physicians over the years, and in this exhibition you will see some items which have not been on display for decades, and others which have never before been exhibited.

“While many of the images you will see in the exhibition are from the 18th and 19th centuries, they are not dissimilar from a cartoon you might see in a newspaper today. You understand the cartoon because you know what else is happening at the time – but if you looked at it next month, next year, or in a hundred years’ time, it probably wouldn’t make as much sense. Providing this background information is what A taste of one’s own medicine is all about, giving visitors the ability to decipher the complex stories contained within the prints and letting us peek into the world in which they were created.

“I’m really pleased to welcome people for our first new exhibition since the museum reopened in January 2022, particularly to be able to showcase such an engaging but previously under-used part of our collections.”


In conjunction with the exhibition there's also this workshop (run in conjunction with the Cartoon Museum's very own Stephen Marchant) about caricatures & cartoons. The workshop is on the 15th June, 6pm-8pm.

21 May 2022

Catawiki auction - closes 26th May 2022

The latest Catawiki auction is now open for bidding - slightly less art than usual but a couple of unusual pieces meant that I thought this week's auction still worth covering.

This Robot Archie page from the 1973 LION story 'The lost world'

This Janus Stark lot from his appearance in Mon Journal - the cover is credited to Guido Zamperoni and the interior art to Juan Garcia Quiros. A British character rather than British artwork then.


This Strontium Dog page by Kev Walker (from the 1998 2000AD Winter special)


20 May 2022

Monster in my pocket special - Marvel UK

Inspired by a remark on episode 60 of the 'Sonic the comic the podcast' I've tracked down these 2 Marvel UK comics that were previously unknown to me. I've covered the Monster wrestler in my pocket series before (see here) but of course that was a spin-off of the original Monster in my pocket series.

So, two specials from Marvel UK in 1991 - one was a holiday special (priced at 85p) and the other a summer special (priced at 95p)

The Holiday special (priced at 85p) - and with a shoe on the front cover...
...looks to me like it'll be a reprint of #1 (May 1991) of the Harvey comics Monster in my pocket comic, which looks like this... 
...more details on the GCD here - cover art is by Gene Colón

The Summer special (priced at 95p) - and with The Punisher take-off cover - has 2 stories...and has a free monster taped to the front (mind you it does cost 10p more than the Holiday special).
...and appears to be a reprint of this title (details on the GCD here) from Harvey Comics. This was #2 in the Monster in my pocket series and came out in July 1991.
Cover art is by Gil Kane

There was also an annual - details below 



19 May 2022

The Robin 10th birthday book

I've looked a little a Robin comic and some of the 'spin-off' books and ephemera published in conjunction with it...

The 2nd birthday book is here
The 3rd birthday book is here
The 4th birthday book is here
The 5th birthday book is here
Spin-off books are here
More spin-off books are here
Merchandise is here

And I've now acquired some images for the 10th Robin birthday book...(and a further un-numbered edition). The 10th edition of this piece of ephemera rather than specifically for 10-year olds.





18 May 2022

Damien Darke - Atomeka Press

A couple of recent purchases (and the death of Garry Leach) has spurred me on to look at Atomeka Press. A look at the Grand Comics database (here) is helpful (thanks for the images!) but incomplete. So, I thought I'd try and rustle up my own complete (?) list of Atomeka publications.

I've looked at the original A1 series (from 1989) here
The Epic comics anthology (from 1992) is here
A1 series (from 1992) is here

Now, thanks to friend of the blog Reuben Willmott we can look at an Atomeka title that was never published...




I'd agree with Reuben that this is clearly the character Dylan Dog - from the adverts above we can see that 2 series were planned ('The living dead' and 'Trapped in time') but neither saw print.

17 May 2022

The Lion & the Eagle - Aftershock comics

No! Not the 1969 merger between those two great comics, instead a guide to the current (!) comic that's out there. Written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by PJ Holden this story of the war in the Far east in 1942 is gripping. It's already proving hard to find back issues of. Grrr. My covers guide is below, look out for those hard to find variant covers.

The Lion & the Eagle, Aftershock comics, issue 1, Garth Ennis & PJ Holden. cover art by Tim Bradstreet

The Lion & the Eagle, Aftershock comics, issue 1, Garth Ennis & PJ Holden - variant cover by Keith Burns
1 in 10 retailer incentive according to ebay!

The Lion & the Eagle, Aftershock comics, issue 1, Garth Ennis & PJ Holden - 'happy hour' variant cover by Mike Rooth

The Lion & the Eagle, Aftershock comics, issue 2, Garth Ennis & PJ Holden - cover by Tim Bradstreet

The Lion & the Eagle, Aftershock comics, issue 3, Garth Ennis & PJ Holden

The Lion & the Eagle, Aftershock comics, issue 4, Garth Ennis & PJ Holden - cover by Tim Bradstreet


16 May 2022

UPDATED: Captain Britain merchandise

I've updated this previous post about Captain Britain with a couple of new images (below) of a pinball game [images shared c/o Dominic Sutton on the 'London Loves Comics' Facebook group] 

if you know of any other Captain Britain merchandise that I've not highlighted below then do get in touch as I'd be pleased to add it to further updates of this post. 

Phil Shrimpton has kindly agreed to let me share these images of a particular piece of Captain Britain merchandise that he's currently selling (here)...yes it's a Captain Britain pinafore, I mean, chest motif...apparently the original purchaser was rather underwhelmed with this (really?) and never played with it...so it's in such great condition now...

Check out those (plastic) wrist bands...





This Cap. merchandise reminded me that there were Captain Britain jigsaws too...in my head there were only a couple but as you can see (from my ebay swipes) below, there were (at least) 4 jigsaws...



I don't own any of these so can't tell you if there are titles or numbers to help identify them further (and show us if there are any more jigsaws), anyway, keep your eye peeled in your local charity shops for these beauties...

15 May 2022

UPDATED: fun n' games comic - 1969/70

I've looked before (here) at the fun n' Games comic produced in association with supermarket chain Tesco. There was also this article by friend of the blog Jeremy Briggs.

Recently some further issues have come to my attention so I'm adding them to my covers gallery (below) for two reasons. 

Firstly, we now know that the title lasted to at least issue 51 - previously issue 38 was the highest known number.

We now have confirmation that the title lasted 52 issues (see images below), so a whole year.

Secondly, interestingly, we can now see that the name of the comic changed (from Tesco fun 'n games to fun 'n games) at issue 16.

Still plenty of gaps in the covers gallery - do let me know if you can help with any other covers.

My thanks to Adam Teitge for cover images for issues 11, 26, 51 & 52 and to Shaqui Le Vesconte for covers 7 & 40.

New covers are highlighted in red

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 1, 25 October 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 2, 1 November 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 3, 8 November 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 4, 22 November 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 5, 29 November 1969


Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 6, 6 December 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 7, 13 December 1969
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 8, 20 December 1969


Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 9, 27 December 1969

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 10, 10 January 1970

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 11, 17 January 1970

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 12, 24 January 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 13, 31 January 1970
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Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 14, 7 February 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

Tesco fun 'n games comic issue 15, 14 February 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 16, 21 February 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 17, 28 February 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 18, 7 March 1970

fun 'n games comic issue 19,
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fun 'n games comic issue 20,
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fun 'n games comic issue 21,
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fun 'n games comic issue 22,
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fun 'n games comic issue 23,
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fun 'n games comic issue 24,
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fun 'n games comic issue 25,
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fun 'n games comic issue 26, 2 May 1970


fun 'n games comic issue 27,
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fun 'n games comic issue 28,
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fun 'n games comic issue 29,
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fun 'n games comic issue 30,
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fun 'n games comic issue 31,
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fun 'n games comic issue 32,
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fun 'n games comic issue 33,
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fun 'n games comic issue 34,
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fun 'n games comic issue 35,
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fun 'n games comic issue 36,
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fun 'n games comic issue 36,
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fun 'n games comic issue 37,
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fun 'n games comic issue 38,
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fun 'n games comic issue 39,
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fun 'n games comic issue 40, 15 August 1970
cover signed by Leslie Caswell

fun 'n games comic issue 41,
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fun 'n games comic issue 42,
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fun 'n games comic issue 43,
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fun 'n games comic issue 44,
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fun 'n games comic issue 45,
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fun 'n games comic issue 46,
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fun 'n games comic issue 47,
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fun 'n games comic issue 48,
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fun 'n games comic issue 49,
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fun 'n games comic issue 50,
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fun 'n games comic issue 51, 31 October 1970


fun 'n games comic issue 52, 7 November 1970