Saturday, February 23, 2019

Robo-Capers art for sale

As several people have been asking me if I have any of my original Robo-Capers strips for sale, I've put a couple on eBay this week. I don't have many left now so when they're gone, they're gone. (Unless the buyers resell them in the future of course.) Some of my earliest published work!

Robo-Capers was a humour strip I created for Marvel UK's The Transformers comic and ran there for about three years in the mid-1980s until it was replaced by Combat Colin when Action Force merged into Transformers. 

People have often asked me ion I'll be publishing a Robo-Capers collection. I'm afraid not, as the rights are still held by Marvel (and I can't see them publishing a humour book anytime soon).  

Anyway, as I said, there are a couple of my Robo-Capers strips on eBay. This is the original art, over 30 years old but still flat and clean. Take a look if you're interested. Bidding ends this Sunday, 24th February... 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The popularity of girls' comics

Admittedly I haven't posted about girls' comics very often here. Not because of any irrational dislike of them but because I haven't read that many. As a boy growing up in the 1960s it just didn't occur to me to read comics for girls, and as I didn't have a sister we never had such comics in the house. Later on, I guess I assumed the stories were just based around romance and ballet and wouldn't have any appeal. 

It was Pat Mills who piqued my curiosity as he's often championed girls' comics (and of course he created Misty for IPC 41 years ago). Going on Pat's recommendation I bought the first two years of Tammy and the second year of Misty from eBay sellers, along with a few copies of various other titles such as Diana and Bunty. Pat was right. The stories in girls' comics often have more of an emotional punch, whereas boys' comics tended to be more about punch-ups. Subsequently the stories in comics such as Tammy and Misty engage the reader more with the character, rather than the conflict. The differences aren't always that simple of course but that's it in a nutshell. 

Obviously Pat and his fellow editors of those classic girls' comics knew what they were doing as sales were often higher than the boys' weeklies. It's tragic that the market has been lost, but Rebellion hope to try and reignite it this summer with a new Tammy and Jinty Special on 27th June!

I still haven't read many of the girls' comics I bought but I'll get around to it. (I have loads of other unread comics and books to get through.) 

Anyway, my main reason for this post is to let you know that Pat Mills is currently writing about girls' comics on his blog, and as he knows his stuff it's worth a look:

Pat's blog is worth visiting any day of course. With over 40 years experience in comics his insights into his craft, and the industry, are essential reading. Don't forget to buy his books too! Read 'Em and Weep, a fictional story closely satirising the UK comics industry is brilliant. Two books at present, and unmissable!

To find out more about girls' comics, Jenni Scott's blog is definitely a place to go:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Captain Marvel comes to British newsstands

The March issue of Panini UK's The Mighty World of Marvel begins a new series with the arrival of Captain Marvel to its pages. The 100 page comic reprints the first chapter of The Life of Captain Marvel by Margaret Stohl (writer) and artists Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage which was published in the USA last year. 
This is a wise move by editor Scott Gray as this issue of The Mighty World of Marvel goes on sale on Thursday 7th March, and Marvel's latest movie, Captain Marvel, opens in the UK the very next day. A great way to catch the eye of casual browsers in WH Smith and pull in new readers to the world of comics! 

The Mighty World of Marvel Vol.7 No.13 costs £4.99 and also features strips starring The Thing and The Human Torch, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Hawkeye. MWOM is published every four weeks.

Anticipation for the Captain Marvel movie is high, with first reports proclaiming it a hit. It stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and is set in the 1990s with Danvers discovering her origins and fighting Skulls. The 21st movie in the 11-year Marvel Movie Universe, it will lead into Avengers: Endgame, the blockbuster finalĂ© in April. (Although there will be more Marvel movies to come.)
See the trailer for Captain Marvel here:

STOKE-CON-TRENT 10 is coming this April!

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be reuniting with my old comics pals David Leach and Lee Sullivan for Stoke-Con-Trent 10 on Sunday 14th April, my first convention for 2019. Looking forward to meeting up with readers old and new! Come along and join us! The venue is Staffordshire University, Stoke-On-Trent, a couple of minutes walk from the railway station. More guests to be announced soon!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


As you know, I'm not posting on Blimey! as often as I did, and the blog will end later this year, but I thought I'd give the latest Judge Dredd Magazine a plug because it's brilliant!

Judge Dredd Magazine No.405 is on sale this Wednesday, 20th February, and the comic is on top form these days. Just look at the sample pages shown here. Anyone who thinks British comics aren't as well illustrated as they used to be clearly isn't looking very hard. 

This issue also contains a nice tribute to the superb artist Ron Smith, who passed away recently.

Anyway, without further ado, here's the info and sample pages. Don't miss it!

UK and DIGITAL: 20th February 2019 £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 20th March 2019 $13

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: PLANTED by Rory McConville (w) Jake Lynch (a) Jim Boswell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

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

STORM WARNING: GREEN & PLEASANT LAND by John Reppion, Leah Moore (w) Tom Foster (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) 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)

Ron Smith obituary, new games, Paul Jenkins interview

Bagged reprint: 
Operation: Overlord Vol.2

Available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPadAndroidWindows 10
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