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29 May 2020

new from Book Palace books - part 3

More lovely reprint goodness from the Book Palace...


Exciting collection of four complete Rick Random stories

The Planet of Lost Men
Super Detective Library #79 published June 1956
Art by Ron Turner, cover art by Arnold Beauvais
Written by Conrad Frost

The Riddle of the Vanishing People
Super Detective Library #101 published March 1957
Art by Ron Turner, cover art by Arnold Beauvais
Written by Bob Keston

Sabotage From Space
Super Detective Library #111 published September 1957
Art by Ron Turner, cover art by James McConnell
Written by Bob Keston

S.O.S. From Space
Super Detective Library #115 published ?October 1957
Art by Ron Turner, cover art by James McConnell
Written by Bob Keston

Authors: Bob Keston, Conrad Frost
Artist: Ron Turner
Publisher: Book Palace Books, due late 2020
Number of pages: 272
Format: Flexi Cover; Black & White illustrations
Size: 6" x 8" (165mm x 215mm)
ISBN: 9781913548063

And here's the final volume....

Complete stories featuring the atmospheric Western art of Ruggero Giovannini.

More details to follow.

Artist: Ruggero Giovannini
Publisher: Book Palace Books, due Summer 2020
Number of pages: 272
Format: Flexi Cover; Black & White illustrations
Size: 6" x 8" (165mm x 215mm)
ISBN: 9781907081927

28 May 2020

new from Book Palace books - part 2

More picture library reprints coming this Summer from Book Palace books...

Historic collection of four complete stories from the very first issues of Fleetway's War Picture Library, Air Ace Picture Library, Battle Picture Library and War at Sea Picture Library

Fight Back to Dunkirk
War Picture Library #1 published September 1958
Art by Nevio Zeccara, cover art by Giorgio De Gaspari

Target Top Secret
Air Ace Picture Library #1 published January 1960
Art by Solano Lopez, cover art by Alessandro Biffignandi
Written by VAL Holding

The Rats of Tobruk
Battle Picture Library #1 published January 1961
Art by Renzo Calegari, cover art by Giorgio De Gaspari
Written by A Carney Allen

Devil's Cargo
War At Sea #1 published February 1962
Art by Harry Farrugia, cover art by Nino Caroselli
Written by DM Garbutt

Authors: VAL Holding, A Carney Allen, DM Garbutt
Artists: Nevio Zeccara, Solano Lopez, Renzo Calegari, Harry Farrugia
Publisher: Book Palace Books, due late 2020
Number of pages: 272
Format: Flexi Cover; Black & White illustrations
Size: 6" x 8" (165mm x 215mm)
ISBN: 9781913548070


The next volume, also priced at £25, is the 2nd volume of John Steel reprints that Book Palace have produced...


Fascinating collection of four complete John Steel Case-Books set during World War 2.

Gateway to Glory
Super Detective Library #169 published March 1960
Art by Ron Turner, cover art by Giorgio de Gaspari
Written by James Stagg

Operation Tina
Super Detective Library #177 published July 1960
Art by Ron Turner, cover art by Nino Caroselli
Written by Bob Keston

The Hidden War
Super Detective Library #183 published October 1960
Art by Ron Turner, cover art by Nino Caroselli

The Shadow: School For Spies
Super Detective Library #188 published December 1960
Art by Ron Turner, cover art by Pino Dell'Orco

Authors: Bob Keston, James Stagg
Artists: Ron Turner, James Stagg
Publisher: Book Palace Books, due late 2020
Number of pages: 272
Format: Flexi Cover; Black & White illustrations
Size: 6" x 8" (165mm x 215mm)
ISBN: 9781913548056

27 May 2020

new from Book Palace books - part 1

Book Palace books have announced some new reprint volumes - here are the details of the first 2 books...

Glorious collection of four complete swashbuckling stories

The Scottish Chiefs
Thriller Picture Library #58 published March 1954
Art by Reg Bunn, cover art by Sep Scott
based on the book by Jane Porter

Under the Golden Dragon: The Story of the Norman Conquest
Thriller Picture Library #132 published May 1954
Art by Patrick Nicolle, cover art by WR Calvert
Written by Michael Butterworth

The Picture of Dorian Grey
Thriller Picture Library #148 published November 1956
Art by Robert Forrest, cover art by Sep Scott
Written by Leonard Matthews, after the novel by Oscar Wilde

The Three Musketeers and the Prince of Peril
Thriller Picture Library #183 published August 1957
Art by John Millar Watt, cover art by Enrico de Seta
Written by Leonard Matthews and G Allman, after the novel by Alexandre Dumas

Authors: Michael Butterworth, Leonard Matthews, G Allman, Jane Porter
Artists: Reg Bunn, Patrick Nicolle, Robert Forrest, John Millar Watt
Publisher: Book Palace Books, due late 2020
Number of pages: 272
Format: Flexi Cover; Black & White illustrations
Size: 6" x 8" (165mm x 215mm)
ISBN: 9781913548049


Next volume is...


Complete stories featuring the exhilarating piratical art of Philip Mendoza, Reg Bunn, Robert Forrest and John Millar Watt.

More details to follow.

Artists: Philip Mendoza, Reg Bunn, Robert Forrest, John Millar Watt
Publisher: Book Palace Books, due Summer 2020
Number of pages: 272
Format: Flexi Cover; Black & White illustrations
Size: 6" x 8" (165mm x 215mm)
ISBN: 9781907081910

26 May 2020

Spider & Steel Claw reprints announced!

Dropping through people's letterboxes from today is the Smash! special...
It's US comic sized (rather than, say, over-sized like holiday specials used to be) and looks to have a lot of great strips, however my eye was mainly caught by this advert...

...it's the advert people have been waiting a long time for - finally some Steel Claw and Spider reprint volumes from The Treasury of British comics - roll on February 2021!

ABC fim review - the battle of Quitman creek

I've looked before, see below, at The ABC film review magazine (because it contained strips from Eagle and Girl comic)

a). April 1952 is here

b). May 1952 is here
c). June 1952 is here
d). July 1952 is here
e). August 1952 is here
f). September 1952 is here
g). October 1952 is here 
h). November 1952 is here
i). December 1952 is here
j). March-May 1953 is here
k). June-August 1953 is here
l). September-November 1953 is here


I realised recently that there were a few issues that I'd missed off - so here we go, this is a 9 issue Riders of the Range strip called 'Jeff Arnold and the battle of Quitman creek' - so without further ado here we go with the collected 'Jeff Arnold and the battle of Quitman creek'













25 May 2020

Shreddieboy - Frank Langford art

A chance e-mail from friend of the blog Norman Boyd recently sent me down a particular rabbit hole but, as ever with these things, something interesting turned up eventually...

So here it is, all courtesy of the amazing Cereal Offers website (here)...2 more pages of art from the Shreddieboy series - artist looks like Frank Langford to me.

Nick posts on youtube (here) so why not check out some of his videos about cereal packet collectables?

You can also see the Don Lawrence art for this series here
You can also see the Ron Embleton art for this series here


Nick posts on youtube (here) so why not check out some of his videos about cereal packet collectables?





24 May 2020

Shreddieboy - Ron Embleton art

A chance e-mail from friend of the blog Norman Boyd recently sent me down a particular rabbit hole but, as ever with these things, something interesting turned up eventually...

So here it is, all courtesy of the amazing Cereal Offers website (here)...2 pages of comic art from Ron Embleton from the Shreddieboy series - more to come people! 

Nick posts on youtube (here) so why not check out some of his videos about cereal packet collectables?





23 May 2020

Shreddieboy - Don Lawrence art

A chance e-mail from friend of the blog Norman Boyd recently sent me down a particular rabbit hole but, as ever with these things, something interesting turned up eventually...

So here it is, all courtesy of the amazing Cereal Offers website (here)...2 pages of comic art from Don Lawrence from the Shreddieboy series - more to come people! This isn't his "Trigan empire" work but it looks a lot like it! 

Nick posts on youtube (here) so why not check out some of his videos about cereal packet collectables?



22 May 2020

The Bradshaws...an' all that #2

London Editions are perhaps best known as publishers of comics that tied in with particular brands. I've looked (here) at some of their comics (Count Duckula; Centurions; Dreamstone).

The Bradshaws...an' all that has a website here where you can buy associated merchandise (but not this comic it must be said).

Wikipedia has this to say on the subject of The Bradshaws

The Bradshaws is a fictional family created and voiced by the comedian and musician Buzz Hawkins. The family was created for The Gary Davies Show with Gary Davies on Piccadilly Radio in 1983 when Hawkins wrote a poem about a family's day trip to Blackpool. This soon developed into a series. In 1986, Hawkins was made producer of The Phil Wood Show, on which he performed more Bradshaws material.

Hawkins would go on to sell cassettes of his Bradshaws episodes, which he still does to this day, as well as doing stand-up, acting and more. The Bradshaws series has been re-released as a 25 volume C.D. collection. The series has gained great popularity in the North and abroad. It has been said that some people still ask who the voice actors are even though all the characters are voiced by Hawkins.
Anyway, without further ado here it is - art is by John Geering, scripts by Mike Butcher and Brian M. Clarke

I looked at issue 1 here

This is issue 2 (of 2)






21 May 2020

UPDATED: Keith Burns covers for Commando

I first came across Keith Burns art when he illustrated the Titan comics Johnny Red series, since then he's just started illustrating Commando covers and the covers are fantastic. Here's the covers he's done so far...

Commando 5209 - American avenger


Commando 5215 - a matter of honour

Commando 5229 - shadow in the storm!

Commando 5241 - steel inferno

Commando 5251 - Radar raiders

Commando 5259 - Braddock


Commando 5267 - Braddock demons

Commando 5289 - the Wombat and the Tiger

Commando 5297 - fog of war

Commando 5299 - Sladen's promise

Commando 5307 - Stealing Stukas

Commando 5313 - Ironhide

Commando 5329 - Blitzkrieg west

Commando 5335 - Durand's Dunkirk