Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Jinx was Ken Reid's last character for The Beano before he stopped freelancing for DC Thomson in 1964 and jumped over to Odhams. Said to be the sister of Jonah, Reid's other agent of misfortune, Jinx only had a short run, appearing in the comic from No.1108 (12th Oct.1963) to No.1137 (2nd May 1964).
This episode is from The Beano No.1126 (15th February 1964). As you can see, it features all the manic black comedy and comedy violence that Ken would develop even further in his work for Wham!, Smash! and Pow! throughout the rest of the 1960s.
As you'll recall, I mentioned the other day that the latest Comic Review had revealed that The Glasgow League of Writers were reviving some of the classic DC Thomson heroes for the digital magazine. Now John Freeman's excellent UK news blog Down the Tubes has more details on this project. See here for the news:
Monday, March 10, 2014
From various enquiries I've received it occurs to me that some visitors to this blog may be unaware of the two search facilities available to readers. Those of you who only receive these posts as an e-mail won't be able to access those search windows, so if you ever need to reference anything I've covered, please visit the full blog at http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/
When you arrive at the blog you'll see two small search windows. They're not immediately obvious so I'll highlight them in this image:
Each window has its own way of displaying results to a search. For example, if you were interested in Scorcher comic, and you typed that into the top left window like so...
...the results would show the full posts of every posting that Scorcher has appeared in, starting with the most relevant...
It can be a bit time consuming scrolling through the full posts, so personally I think the search window on the right hand side is better. Here's why. If, for example you were searching for 1950s UK Marvels and you typed that into the search window on the right...
...the results you'd see would be condensed, with no images, making it quicker to hopefully find what you're looking for...
Then if you simply click on any of those results you'd see the full post...
The majority of you will no doubt already know all of this so my apologies for taking up your time with the bloomin' obvious. However I hope it'll prove useful to new readers. There are over 1,000 posts on this blog, and those search windows are a great way to quickly find what you're looking for.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Look-In was one of the success stories of 1970s British comics. Published by Independent Television Publications Ltd, it was sub titled 'The Junior TV Times' (and TV Times was also published by the same company back then). Edited by Alan Fennel, who had previously edited the hugely successful TV Century 21, the ITP comic had its own style, combining features on ITV stars and programmes alongside comic strip versions of popular family shows. Look-In later began featuring popstar pin-ups and features, which proved very successful, but in its early days was very much a TV orientated magazine.
Here are a few pages from issue No.11 (Look-In renumbered itself every January) that went on sale this day in 1972. The cover is by Mike Noble, who had been the original artist on the Timeslip strip (although the interior strip in this issue was by another artist).
Inside, Harry North's On The Buses strip avoided the sexist jokes of the TV series, and went for more of a slapstick approach more suited to the comic's young readership.
Catweazle was a very popular children's TV show at the time, so it was only natural the man-out-of-time would appear in Look-In. Artwork by Gerry Embleton.
Being 'The Junior TV Times', Look-In also contained interviews and articles on TV stars. Here's a brief question and answer session with Mike MacKenzie (Tarot in Ace of Wands) and a feature on Diana Rigg...
The Fenn Street Gang was a spin-off from London Weekend Television's Please Sir! and ran in Look-In as a comedy serial illustrated by Tom Kerr...
Part of Look-In's unique appeal was that as a publication associated with ITV it was allowed to publish regional ITV listings. Although being a children's publication it only focused on teatime to early evening.
Robert Harbin's 15 minute programmes Origami had amazed a lot of kids back then so a regular feature in Look-In was essential.
Priced at 5p, Look-In was more expensive than most of its rival comics, but it packed a lot of variety into its 28 glossy pages and proved to be a big hit with kids for many years.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Back in 1981, when numerous fanzines were the forerunners to Internet blogs and forums, I published an A5 'zine entitled Metamorph. I only had around 150 printed, - proper litho printing though, not photocopied, - and I have an unread copy up on eBay at present.
Exclusive cover by Mick McMahon, (with a logo I designed) plus sketches by Dave Gibbons and Brian Bolland, exclusive interview with Chris Claremont and Steve Englehart, and the second episode of Brick-Person (who would later evolve into Brickman).
Check it out if you're interested. Auction ends tomorrow and all bids are welcome: