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31 January 2017

Cartoonists Club of Great Britain (3)

Final selection...

Dave Follows - who I know for his work with Ernie (from the new Eagle), top left panel
Dicky Howett - best known to me at least for his work on Dr Who

30 January 2017

Cartoonists Club of Great Britain (2)

and now with more highlights from the CCGB members handbook...

Les Lilley has worked on an extensive list of comics here...not sure how well-known his contribution are
Brian Walker has also been a busy guy, again his name isn't well-known to me
And Ken Wilkins who worked for DC Thomson

29 January 2017

Cartoonists Club of Great Britain (1)

I recently acquired this...
 Which is from these people
Who are led by these people
And it's basically a directory (100+pages long) of all the members of the Cartoonist Club of Great Britain (CCGB). So you details of hundreds of cartoonists and some of them have submitted large drawings - as far as I'm aware these are unique pieces so I thought I'd share the most interesting ones here over the next few days, first up is Denis Gifford
The CCGB are still going and can be found here

28 January 2017

ABC film review - December 1952

As it says on the cover "...a very happy Christmas from four associated British lovelies...Valerie Cotton, Veronica Hurst, Susan Stephen and Yvonne Furneaux"

This month we have Riders of the Range (again) from Eagle magazine
 Robbie and the tame stag, from Girl magazine (story by George Beardmore and art by Roy Newby)
and on the back cover Mario Lanza

27 January 2017

Bugsy Malone

I'm a big fan of Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone movie so I was delighted to find this graphic adaptation at a local charity shop the other day. It's from 1976 and would have cost you 95p for 64 pages of film adaptation. If you've never seen the film the prepare yourself for child actors and splurge guns not machine guns!
In Prohibition-era New York City, Fat Sam runs one of the most popular speakeasies in town - but his rival Dandy Dan is trying to shut him down. It's up to the baby-faced Bugsy Malone to save the day...Packed with thrills and spills (and more than a few custard pies and splurge), this is a mobster story with a twist - the stars are kids!

 The famous splurge guns...

 The book was reprinted in 2013

26 January 2017

ABC film review - November 1952

Here's Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson posing on the front cover of the November 1952 issue of 'ABC film review' - if you look closely you'll see that they both appear to be wearing the same shade of lipstick!

The Luck of the Legions strip is written by the usual eagle creative team of Geoffrey Bond and Martin Aitchison (who only died very recently
A strip from Girl - script by Valerie Hastings, art by Bernard Greenbaum. Valerie Hastings wrote two Girl 'spin off' novels - Wendy & Jinx and the Dutch stamp mystery; and Wendy & Jinx and the missing scientist
And here's Richard Attenborough on the back page in a shot from "Father's doing fine" - a rollicking technicolour comedy no less!

25 January 2017

Action - the banned issue - how much did it go for?

Previously ( I reported on the sale in October 2016 of the final issue of Action comic (dated 23rd October 1976). That was sold for £4110.75 (

This beat the hammer price of the previous copy (sold in May 2016) for £2555

The starting price this time around is £2,500 and it can be found here

So the question is how much did it go for? The answer is that it failed to sell!
Was the starting price too high? The first copy started off at 99p and ended up at £2,555; the second one started off at £750 and got to £4,110.75. I can't believe that's the last we've seen of this comic - I'm sure it'll be back soon (and hopefully at a lower opening bid price).

24 January 2017

ABC film review - October 1952

The October 1952 issue is particularly interesting as... features an original Dan Dare strip by his creator Frank Hampson

23 January 2017

ABC film review - September 1952

From September 1952...
Luck of the legion by the classic team of Geoffrey Bond and Martin Aitchison (who only died recently...

22 January 2017

Are you ready to go into the unknown at the Barbican Gallery?

The genre-defining exhibition of art, design, film and literature
3 Jun–1 Sep, Across the Barbican Centre, London
One of the most celebrated genres in popular culture, Science Fiction has seen the creation of some of the most iconic and experimental works ever to be produced. This summer, step into imaginary worlds dreamt up by leading filmmakers, artists, writers and musicians from across the globe and lose yourself down the rabbit hole of alternate realities, dystopian cities and the inner workings of human perception. 
Art - Presenting artworks that reimagine reality in a variety of ways, by artists such as Soda_Jerk, Larissa Sansour and more. US artist Trevor Paglen and British artist Conrad Shawcross both present new works made especially for the exhibition.
Design - Look out for designs, magazines and postcards depicting modernist utopian cities of the future, on loan from the Moscow Design Museum. Plus installations from the VFX design studios responsible for Ex Machina and The Martian.
Film - Props, models, spacesuits and concept art are on display – some for the very first time in the UK – from blockbusters including Alien, Star Wars™, District 9, Sunshine, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Interstellar and more.
Literature - Delve into the stories of almost 200 books from around the world including original manuscripts, typescripts and first editions of some of the most influential literature of all time - from Jules Verne to Margaret Atwood
Short film - Featuring short films ranging from Frances Bodomo’s Afronauts, inspired by a true story of the Zambia space programme, to Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi, following one scientist’s quest to find life beyond the confines of her repressive subterranean Nairobi community.
Comics - Experts in the field have been involved in choosing a selection of over 100 rare space and superhero comics from across the globe to be displayed as part of the exhibition.

21 January 2017

Recent publications (4) - Striker, the black and white years

My copy of this arrived before Christmas and I haven't had a chance to get my teeth into it yet, so I just wanted to tell you about it in case you were still trying to make your mind up about it.

First up the production value are top notch, this is a heavy hardback book (300+ pages with 5 strips to a page) with high quality paper, a gloss laminated cover and it contains the first 21 stories plus an introduction to the genesis of the strip and a small introduction to each story as you go along.

Anyone used to the CGI images of Nick Jarvis is going to be disappointed by this book; on the other hand anyone who wants to see where it all began (and who can't afford or find the 2 Striker annuals that were released nearly 30 years ago) should be delighted with their purchase. 

One of the original Striker annuals...

and it's on sale here
for just £24 (or £29 if you want it signed)

I can't wait for volume 2 - so why not support Pete and his efforts to preserve this bit of newspaper comic strip history?