Friday, September 20, 2019

Preview: MISTY Presents THE JORDI BADIA ROMERO COLLECTION

Coming next month is a new Misty collection from Rebellion, but unlike the previous three, this one will focus on one artist. The other big difference is that it'll be hardback and in a larger format. Misty presents The Jordi Badia Romero Collection is a fine selection of 1970s supernatural treasures by a superb artist and is not to be missed! Mostly in black and white, with colour reproduction of any pages that were originally in colour. There's an introduction by David Roach and at the back a cover gallery of Romero's Misty covers. 

CREATIVE TEAM: Various (w) Jordie Badia Romero (a)
RELEASE DATE: 17th October 2019
HARDCOVER, 78 pages
PRICE: £19.99 (UK) $24.99
DIAMOND: AUG192166
ISBN: 9781781086896

Deluxe over-sized art-book celebrating the art of a lost master of horror illustration! Celebrating the incredible art of Jordi Bad a Romero from supernatural girls comic Misty, this sumptuous hardcover art book collects stories from the 1970s that showcase this remarkable, and criminally-overlooked, artist who died in 1984. This is a must for collectors of artist-focused biographies and visual history guides.


Available in print from: book stores, Amazon, and UK comic book stores via Diamond

Available in digital from: Treasury of British Comics webshop & apps for iPadAndroid and Windows 10

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Preview: BEANO No.4003

Here's the cover to this week's Beano, which uses one of Laura Howell's great images from the Minnie the Minx story inside. This extra-length four pager written by Nigel Auchterlounie and drawn by Laura is entitled The Dark Minx Returns, and should not be missed!

Also in this issue, a three-page Roger the Dodger story by Danny Pearson and Barrie Appleby plus regular length strips for all the other favourites such as The Bash Street Kids, Bananaman, and of course Dennis and Gnasher! 

There's also a new Pup Parade mini-strip from me, and this week I'm spotlighting Sniffy! 

All in Beano No.4003, with 36 full colour pages for £2.75. On sale from Wednesday 18th September! 



WARLORD returns again this week

There's another story featuring Lord Peter Flint, Warlord in one of the Commando comics that goes on sale this week. Here's the PR direct from D.C. Thomson. Great to see these classic characters revived... and there'll be more to come from Dundee! Stay tuned.

5263: Home of Heroes: Codename Warlord: Ship of Fools

Get ready for the second return of Codename Warlord in Commando. This time the intrepid Lord Peter Flint is going deep undercover – disguising himself with a beard and a German accent! Pretending to be a prominent German shipbuilder, Britain’s top agent comes face to face with the biggest battleship he’s ever seen – the ‘Fuhrer’ Class megaship. Can Flint stop fanatical fools turning the tide of the war? You’ll have to read issue 5263 to find out!

| Story | Iain McLaughlin | Art | Manual Benet | Cover | Manuel Benet |


5264: Gold Collection: Hurri to the Rescue 

One Kennedy is great – but two is even better! The illustrious duo of Cam Kennedy and Ian Kennedy grace issue 5264 Hurri to the Rescue. McOwan’s script about an RAF hating solider named Jake Conroy who, once stranded on a Pacific Island, is forced to partner with two pilots, is masterfully brought to life by Cam Kennedy in one of his later issues of Commando. All this topped off with a stunning Ian Kennedy cover, doing what Kennedy does best — dazzling us with aircraft!

| Story | McOwan | Art | AC Kennedy | Cover | Ian Kennedy |
Originally Commando No. 750 (1973).



5265: Action and Adventure: Monsters in the Fog

There’s something weird going on in the Tunisian desert! A whole platoon is missing and the sole shell-shocked survivor is talking about monster attacks. Then a whole town appears overnight, the lake drains and a mysterious thick fog clouds the area. The shapes moving through the smog are not what they seem – but they’ll kill you none the less!

| Story | Dominic Teague | Art | Vicente Alcazar | Cover | Neil Roberts |


5266: Silver Collection: The Outriders

Trouble on wheels in The Outriders! Featuring motorbikes, the Transport Corps, and the Sicilian Mafia! When the no-good Nick Bertini disappeared after a mob hit, Danny Mitchell and Mo Brookes assumed the conman had gone on ‘holiday’ to see relatives in Sicily, little did the pair expect to see him in Italy, in a cushy job in the US army! Bertini’s re-emergence could only spell one this for the two – TROUBLE! But they only joined the army to ride motorbikes! 

| Story | Ian Clark | Art | Ibanez | Cover | Dalger |
Originally Commando No. 2885 (1995).


Next event... NOR-CON!

The next convention you'll find me at will be Nor-Con, at the Norfolk Showground Arena. A two-day event over 28th and 29th September. Other guests include Mike Collins, Nigel Parkinson, and Martin Griffiths, with TV guests including Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, and Peter Davison. 
https://www.nor-con.co.uk

This will be the first time I've been a guest at this show so I'm looking forward to it!

This will also be my final convention of the year... unless any convention organiser reading this wants to invite me to their event? Let me know if so. 


Monday, September 16, 2019

Preview: DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE No.543

A new issue of Doctor Who Magazine hits the shelves this Thursday! 84 packed pages of news, interviews, reviews and features, plus all new comic strip featuring the 13th Doctor and another Daft Dimension strip from me. 

This issue looks back at the years when John Nathan-Turner was the producer so I thought I'd revisit the 4th Doctor's regeneration and put my own Daft Dimension twist on it. See it in full when Doctor Who Magazine No.543 goes on sale on Thursday 19th September! Available from WH Smiths, supermarkets, comic shops, and all good newsagents! 


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