News just in from Paul Gravett (author of Great British Comics) of an upcoming radio programme that is sure to be of interest to all fans of the classic years of Dandy and Beano:
"On Sunday morning April 20th, 11.15 to 12 noon pm BBC Radio 4, I've been involved with and interviewed for The Reunion, a fascinating series bringing people together to recall past events. In this case it's the heydays of The Beano and Dandy - the Beano being 70 this July. The main interviewees are artists Bill Ritchie (of Baby Crockett fame) and Jim Petrie (who drew 2,000 Minnie the Minx episodes) and writers Walter Fearn (at The Beano during the 1950s notably on Jonah with Ken Reid) and Dave Torrie (another ex Dandy editor). There are also archive quotes from Leo Baxenedale, Tony Robinson, Jacqueline Wilson, A N Wilson, Michael Rosen and others. It's repeated Friday April 25th at 9am."
Paul has also written an article on superheroes and their role as propaganda which will appear in The Guide supplement in The Guardian this Saturday, April 19th.