Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Sorry folks! :)


Sorry for the deception folks but yesterday's blog about "long forgotten" Apollo comic was, as some of you guessed, an April Fool!

Apollo comic never existed. I created the phony covers with Photoshop, and the "panels" of artwork were enlarged scans of the 1971(?) Brooke Bond Picture Card series The Race into Space. The comics don't exist outside of my computer. (The photo above is also faked.)

Yes, the blog was uploaded after mid-day, which I suppose makes me the fool, but I was unable to post it before then unfortunately.

Anyway, no hard feelings I hope. Don't worry, any future blogs will all be genuine... at least for another twelve months. ;-)

17 comments:

matthew_in_ham said...

So that explains why I had never of Apollo! You had me fooled.

Anonymous said...

There was of course an Apollo Annual, based on the comic but which was actually published 12 years before the first issue! Strange, but I know it's true, I read it somewhere...

Lew Stringer said...

Hey anon, I think you may be thinking of Sputnik Annualski, a Russian comic annual that was accidentally rerouted to Liverpool docks in 1960 because of the fog. Because of anti-Communist hysteria at the time British customs slapped an "Apollo Annual" logo over the masthead and had it sold in UK newsagents.

B*gger. It's April 2nd. Ah well, worth a try. ;-)

Anonymous said...

That's right, Lew, you're right again. As usual! And that's why I still think they ain't gonna like this!!

Richard Starkings said...

You wee scamp!

I'm running a feature on RACE INTO SPACE in an upcoming issue of ELEPHANTMEN, which I believe to be a real comic.

Lotus666 said...

I think we need to award you th "Wooden Spoon" Award for the biggest stirrer... ;)

Ken Davidson said...

Lew - you, sir, are a cad and a bounder.

Are you sure you haven't got any scans of the inside pages? What sort of half-arsed trickster are you? Couldn't even be bothered to draw up some naff strips, just relying on a quick Photoshop fix - lazy so-and so ;)

Anonymous said...

It certainly has the look of a 1972 comic, though.
--Mike Mittelstadt, Watertown NY

Anonymous said...

My disapointment is such that I demand that you return to photoshop and complete a 16 page issue of Apollo.

Go on, you know you want to....

Anonymous said...

That was stuopid to waste our time. Haven't you got anything better to do.

Patrick said...

Chill out anonymous! It was only a joke. I thought it was very well executed.

Angus said...

I'll be careful what I believe from this blog from now on. :-(((

Lew Stringer said...

For goodness sake Angus, it was only meant as a one-off!

Norman Boyd said...

Oh Lew, I'm sorry and terribly disappointed!

I'd still like a couple of scans of the interior. Any chance of seeing the contents of the Annual? ;-)

Angus said...

It just wasn't funny Lew.

david said...

Hi Lew, loved your Apollo April Fool's page, it looks like you used Countdown as your guide, am I right, or has someone else already said that.

Nice bit of Photoshop too, I like he way you curved the cover picture.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks David. Yes, I tried to make it look like it ripped off Countdown. Glad you appreciated it anyway, even if some others didn't! :)

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