Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Christmas WHAM! (1965)

Here we go with my blog's traditional annual look back at Christmas comics of long ago. Regular readers will know that I do this every year and there'll be a different festive comic every day from now until Christmas. 

We're kicking off with the seasonal issue of Wham!, No.80, dated 25th December 1965 (which would have been in the shops on Monday 20th). The front and back covers feature The Tiddlers, the hilariously anarchic schoolkids created by Leo Baxendale. Leo wasn't drawing every strip by this time but we're in luck this week as he did this set.

Here's a handful of interior strips...

The Wacks drawn by Gordon Hogg...

Eagle-Eye, Junior Spy drawn by Leo Baxendale...

Frankie Stein drawn by Ken Reid...

Georgie's Germs drawn by Leo Baxendale...

Wham! had 20 pages for 7d, compared to its competitor Buster at the time which had 40 pages for 7d... but Wham! was cheekier, fresher, more raucous, and funnier in the opinion of many of us. 

Don't forget that Frankie Stein and all of Ken Reid's other strips for Wham!, Smash! and Pow! have been collected in two luxurious hardback books. You can order them from this link:

Another Christmas comic tomorrow! Which year will the Blimey-Timey Machine take us to next? Join us and find out!

All WHAM! art Copyright © Rebellion Publishing Limited.

The Christmas JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE (2018)

This coming Wednesday sees the publication of Judge Dredd Megazine No.403, which has a special Christmas cover by Cliff Robinson and Dylan Teague, and festive Judge Dredd story by Alex De Campi and Patrick Goddard inside. Here's the details and a few preview pages, courtesy of Rebellion...

UK and DIGITAL: 19th December 2018 £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 19th January 2018 $13

In this issue:

JUDGE DREDD: THE FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Alex De Campi (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Matt Soffe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

LAWLESS: ASHES TO ASHES by Dan Abnett (w) Phil Winslade (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

STORM WARNING: OVER MY DEAD BODY by John Reppion, Leah Moore (w), Jimmy Broxton (a) Simon Bowland  (l)

BLUNT II by TC Eglington (w) Boo Cook (a) Simon Bowland (l)

THE DARK JUDGES: THE TORTURE GARDEN by John Wagner (w) Nick Percival (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Features: Roy of the Rovers, Wildcat

Bagged reprint: The Best of Tharg's 3rillers Volume 3.

Available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond.

Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPadAndroidWindows 10

Friday, December 14, 2018

Preview: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest No.3

It's clear from these issues of The Tempest that Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill are having a grand old time producing the comics. Every page is a treat, with plenty of surprises and homages to delight anyone who's been paying attention to comics and pop culture for the past 60 years. 

Issue 3, which is published next week, kicks off with a cover inspired by girls' comics of the 1970s, and the story inside includes a satire of the type of strips those comics would feature...

Later on, there's even a photostrip for two pages, which is far more accomplished and better lit and designed than any photostrip that My Guy or Jackie ever published. Not that this issue is entirely about girls' comics parodies of course. The great thing about LOEG is that it ties in everything, including vintage TV show characters, children's books, classic literature, old comics, and even manages a Steranko effect or two.

Just as your senses are reeling from all the pop culture imagery, you turn the page and the comic goes into 3-D territory! And, yes, you get a free pair of 3-D specs included! 

It's absolutely barmy stuff, - in a good way of course! No, a great way! This is what comics should be, - fun, intriguing, and mind-boggling! 

As bonus features this issue there's a tribute to Marie Duval, the first artist to draw Ally Sloper, a fun letters section, and a full page illustration/bio of 1950s hero The Flash Avenger.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest No.3 should be in comics shops across the UK and USA on Wednesday 19th December. Co-published by Top Shelf and Knockabout. Price $4.99.


Wildcat was a very short-lived IPC comic of 1988/89 that deserved to last longer than it did. Now that Rebellion have the rights they're about to publish a collection of some of the stories as their latest book in the wonderful Treasury of British Comics line of classics. 

Available next month, Wildcat: Turbo Jones features some top class artwork by Ian Kennedy, Vanyo, Keith Page, and an uncredited full colour story by John Gilliat. Scripts are by Barrie Tomlinson. I'm sure its publication will delight fans of the comic and will also attract readers who haven't seen it before. This is cracking old-style adventure comic enjoyment! 

CREATIVE TEAM: Barrie Tomlinson (w) Ian Kennedy, Vanyo, Keith Page (a) 
RELEASE DATE: 10th January 2019 (UK) 23rd January 2019 (US)
PAPERBACK, 146 pages
PRICE: £14.99 (UK) $19.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781781086650

In 2488 Earth history professor, Turbo Jones predicted that the planet would be destroyed in 2500 by a vast meteoroid storm. Ridiculed by the world’s leaders, Turbo spent the next twelve years constructing a huge spaceship and employing a group of volunteers to help him leave the Earth and find a new home in the stars…

After months in space, Turbo and his senior staff including former mercenary Loner, the mysterious Kitten Magee and the last survivor of Xgangbe-4, Joe Alien, have found a potential new home.  Now they need to get down onto the planet and make sure that it is safe for the five hundred colonists and livestock aboard the Wildcat…

Available in print from: 2000 AD webshop, book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond.

Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop, apps for iPadAndroid Windows 10

Hotdog and Mustard! New comic from Marc Jackson

The ever-busy Marc Jackson, publisher of Goof!,  has a brand new comic out next week. It's called Hotdog and Mustard and will be published on 20th December, - but you can pre-order it right now!

Marc describes it as "Hotdog is a big dog, Mustard is a small dog. When Mustard cheekily opens his owners mail, they embark on a crazy day that involves a robot, a carpet, a plane crash and Don Johnson! All told in real-time the comic is designed to be read out loud and is perfect for first time comic fans, with big, bold bright pages and plenty of wackiness and laughs!"

I've seen a preview and, as you'd expect from Marc, it's a fast paced fun adventure in his inimitable style. Anything can happen in a Marc Jackson comic, and that's just how comics should be. This is indeed ideal for younger readers and the only drawback is that it's being published a tad to close to Christmas to make it as a stocking stuffer, - but treat them to it for the New Year!

Here's a preview of the first few pages...

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