Monday, February 27, 2017

Faceache, Marney, Leopardboy, One-Eyed Jack... coming back!

Marney the Fox © Rebellion A/S. Art by John Stokes.
I've known about this for a while but was sworn to secrecy, but now the news is out there. Rebellion have announced which classic Fleetway strips they're bringing back to print this year, and they're all glorious. The collective name for the books is The Treasury of British Comics...

You already knew about One-Eyed Jack by John Wagner and John Cooper, but today Rebellion have announced that other books will include:

Misty Book 2: The Sentinels and End of the Line. 

The Leopard from Lime Street drawn by Mike Western and Eric Bradbury.

Marney the Fox: the wonderful adventure strip from Buster by Scott Goodall and John Stokes. 

...and... just drink in this great news...

Faceache by Ken Reid, from Jet and Buster

Are you excited yet? For more info, check out this link:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/2000-ad-revive-childrens-comics-70s-and-80s-496121


UPDATE 28/2/17: Comics journalist Heidi MacDonald now has expanded details of the books, and more artwork, on her excellent blog The Beat:
http://www.comicsbeat.com/2000ad-launches-the-treasury-of-british-comics-line-with-classic-brit-comics/

23 comments:

Manic Man said...

They are doing a collection of FaceAche?!? that is very surprising and good news. Comedy strips are very overlooked in the reprint field of Classic British comics

Lew Stringer said...

They are indeed, but hopefully a bit of Ken Reid will start the ball rolling. It's a great choice.

paul Mcscotty said...

Oooh "Faceache" and "The Leopard from Lime Street " especially Faceahce, excellent news thanks for the update Lew

Ade Salmon said...

They're all very exciting news but I'm most intrigued by Marnie The Fox which I'd never heard of. We were only talking about John Stokes the other day. I'm also thrilled to read they'll be releasing one reprint book a month in the Treasury series from next year. We never had it so good!

Lew Stringer said...

I only saw a few episodes of Marney as it was around during the years I'd stopped buying children's comics but it was superbly drawn by John Stokes. I think it'll go down well with young and old.

Peter Gray said...

Glad they are going to use this in a positive way...some companies hold on to rights and don't do much with them...so this is amazing news!!

Lew Stringer said...

Agreed, Peter. This is the sort of thing Egmont should have done with the strips years ago. I wish Rebellion the very best with this and I'll be helping to promote the books as best I can.

Brian said...

every since the news broke out im been hoping for the steel claw or mytek the mighty ape very disapponted ken reed book should be frankystein

Lew Stringer said...

Rebellion don't own the rights to any of those characters, Brian.

I'm very pleased with the choices they've made. All of those books are solid, well-told stories.

Manic Man said...

one thing I'm wondering about is.. they say the Faceache one will be hardback compared to the others and Ken Reid.. So I get the impression it'll be a sample collection.. the strip did change a lot and was probably one of his longest running, but the last year or two was Frank McDiarmid I believe. So to be a complete run (which was.. a bit shorter then 20 years), I would be mostly Ken Reid with Frank McDiarmid. Can't remember how many strips there was but. mostly 2 pages.. 20 years, a fair size.. so again 'hardback' makes me think probably smaller then complete.. oh well, shall have to wait and see ^_^

Lew Stringer said...

There's been no suggestion the book is the complete Faceache, Manic. What gave you that impression? This will be volume 1 and if it's successful enough there will be more I presume. The reason it's hardback is because it deserves it.

The Faceache strips are full pagers, not two pagers. I don't know how many pages the book will have yet but I'm guessing it'll cover at least the first three years. Ken drew it until his death in 1987 so there's about 16 years of material if we're lucky to see it all in print. (The earliest years being the best, when he was writing it himself.)

Manic Man said...

Nothing suggested it. Nothing said anything about what is features apart from Faceache by Ken Reid, which is what I was wondering about ^_^ it makes sense it'll be just the first volume and yep, no problem with hardback, it's just I find the hardback ones are normally smaller these days, then softback. not always but normally.

Lew Stringer said...

As soon as I have more details and I'm able to post any news I'll be blogging about it.

@MLPasterisk said...

Looks like a hardback of Dracula Files from Scream will arrive in time for Halloween

http://www.comicsbeat.com/2000ad-launches-the-treasury-of-british-comics-line-with-classic-brit-comics/

B Smith said...

Give me a collection of the Joe Colquhoun-drawn "Zarga: Man Of Mystery" from Buster, and I'm there!

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, I added that link to my post yesterday. The Dracula Files has already been published by Hibernia but it'll be good to see it getting a potentially wider audience:

https://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/dracs-back-classic-scream-strips.html

Lew Stringer said...

It could happen, B Smith! The plan is to do one book a month so they'll be releasing a lot of good stuff!

Anonymous said...

these books should be colourized I hope anyway

Lew Stringer said...

I hope not. The strips were drawn for black and white, with shading, hatching, etc. Adding colour would clutter up the artwork and would be totally unnecessary. Let the pages be seen as intended.

STEPHEN ARCHER said...

You've already partly answered this and I appreciate your knowledge is as limited as everyone else's but I hope Faceache will be complete - although not in this volume. if this volume's given the same treatment as Ro-Busters or Dan Dare it may very well be 150 to 200 pages, which would be about 3 or 4 years (discounting of course nonappearances or the strikes which hit more than once in '74. This being so it's unlikely we'll get to Belmont School in this volume, Faceache's adventures there beginning in Jan '78. I wouldn't be adverse to a "Best of", but my hopes are as above.

Lew Stringer said...

All depends on how well the first volume sells, basically. I'll know more about the contents soon but I can't disclose anything until I get the heads up from Rebellion.

Lew Stringer said...

Or even thumbs up! Confusing my metaphors there.

STEPHEN ARCHER said...

I wasn't confused, or at least no more than I am about most things! I appreciate that you might have "inside knowledge" you can't reveal in advance of Rebellion. All the same it'd have been nice if Bella Barlow or Pam Watts had got an outing this time. Just realised I'll have to check my Buster Annuals & Specials to make sure Billy Farmer's one-shots are included. With approximately 450 weekly strips to come I should worry, but still!

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