Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Tellybugs (1966)

The Tellybugs was published in the early issues of Smash! in 1966, and these examples are taken from the first Smash! Annual 1967 (published in 1966). 

At first glance, The Tellybugs looked a little old fashioned for a relatively hip comic like Smash! but it was perhaps the most relatable strip in the comic. The domestic setting looked very 1960s, which despite what some historians might tell you, was more mundane than the flower-power scenario they paint it as. The dad in The Tellybugs looked and dressed just like most dads of the time, and the television going "wonky" was always a likelihood. I remember a few times when "a valve went" in our old set.

The artwork was by the superb Cyril Price, a veteran artist in comics by 1966, who had previously drawn many strips for the old comics of The Amalgamated Press such as Illustrated Chips and Comic Cuts. By the sixties he was a regular artist on Georgie's Germs in Wham! 

No doubt because of his work on Georgie's Germs, Price was chosen to draw The Tellybugs. The premise had similarities; instead of tiny humanoid "germs" inside a human body, these "bugs" lived inside a TV set. Price drew them as a flat-capped, dungaree-wearing workforce with long hair, running wild and anarchic. The human Dad of the strip representing authority, trying to keep things in control, usually in vain. 

The Odhams "Power Comics" were brilliant for stuff like this. Some might say they were a bit too reckless. There's no way that a children's annual today could feature a story where a character fiddles around with live electronics or throws a bucket of water over a TV set. Even back then it was edgy, but that was part of the appeal of Smash!, Pow! and Wham! They felt a bit dangerous, but at the same time they were actually treating readers with respect. They didn't put any warnings on the strips. They didn't feel they needed to. They respected our intelligence not to imitate scenes from the comics. We'll never see their like again.

Preview: Are you ready for ROBO HATS?

Cartoonist Marc Jackson will soon be publishing a new comic, and he's allowed Blimey! to show an exclusive preview of the first five pages! Known for his retro/modern style on strips such as Ka-Punch! for Comic Heroes magazine, Marc says that his new comic, Robo Hats will have more of an adventure tone.

"I’m billing it as an adventure comic, story driven and not gag driven, but still with humour in there, of course! The story follows Hannah and Howard Hats as they receive a mysterious package, that leads them to an incredible discovery and a wild adventure in space and time" revealed Marc. 

"It’s going to be 4 issues, 20 pages plus cover each one and is a continuing story. Hoping to get one issue out every 2 months."

Robo Hats will launch at The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival that takes place in Kendal over the weekend of 13th to 15th October.

"The comic launches at LICAF and I’ll post the 1st 5 pages online for free on the Monday before. Then, the remaining 15, 5 pages a week, just after the festival. Then, the same again for the following issues, which hopefully will arrive every 2 months" said Marc. 

You can see more of Marc's work at his website:

...and on Facebook:

2000 AD: The Ultimate Collection out today

In newsagents now!

More info:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ron Turner's THE CASTAWAYS (1972)

Ron Turner had a long and impressive career in comics and illustration, dating back to the late 1930s. He was particularly notable for his science fiction book covers for Vargo Statten's novels in the 1950s and for the Rick Random stories. (If you can still find a copy, I urge you to buy this wonderful collection.)

I first saw his artwork in the mid-1960s when he did a few fill-ins on the Gerry Anderson strips for TV21 specials, and of course his long run on The Daleks strip on the back page of the weekly. By the 1970s he was freelancing on the IPC comics, and the examples I'm showing here are of a series called The Castaways that he drew for Whizzer and Chips in 1972 (24th June and 8th July issues). I don't think it ran for long, and may not be well known (or well remembered) today so I thought I'd post a couple of samples. The story is the well-trodden "kids stranded on island" idea, but it's always good to see Ron Turner artwork and the distinctive inking techniques he used. 

COMMANDO comics in shops this week

Here's the info direct from D.C. Thomson on the four issues of Commando that will be on sale from Thursday 24th August...

Brand new Commando issues 5047-5050 are on sale soon! With classic and new adventures, our Commandos are certainly kept busy: infiltrating U-Boats in the Atlantic, crash-landing in the North African Desert, unearthing mysterious Viking relics and dodging dud grenades, it’s all just another day’s work…

5047: Home of Heroes: The Battle to Britain

Janek’s life-like cover shows rival ships off the coast of Greenland, the bleak, icy water, just as threatening as the warships battling on them, while Vicente Alcazar’s thick black lines and heavy shading brings a moody darkness to Iain McLaughlin’s original story.

Set in Autumn, 1941, America had not yet joined in the Second World War, but that didn’t stop people like Charlie Dayton getting involved. Never shying away from a fight, Charlie’s strong views usually turned into something a bit more physical, so when the war in Europe started, Charlie knew he couldn’t stand by and wait for the battle to reach his shores. That was when he hopped aboard an English cargo ship, bound for Britain and the war that awaited him.

|Story | Iain McLaughlin | Art | Vicente Alcazar | Cover | Janek Matysiak |

5048: Gold Collection: Trouble Hunter

When R.A.F. air-gunner Fred Cotton crash-lands in the desert, it’s up to his brother Harry to rescue him. Omre’s story is one of fraternity: both blood brothers and not, as Harry must team up with the stubborn and by the books Sergeant Wilcox on his mission to save Fred.

With cover and interior artwork by the late Gordon C. Livingstone, you know that you’re in for a treat. The thin line strokes, expert shading and detail that Livingstone is famed for shines through in this issue, most notably during a sandstorm, where Livingstone draws hundreds of wispy lines to show to the harsh winds. Livingstone’s cover, however, is full of strong, contrasting block colours, the blue of Harry’s uniform juxtaposed against the yellow and orange of the desert sky.

|Story | Omre | Art | Gordon C. Livingstone | Cover | Gordon C. Livingstone |
Originally Commando No 378 (1969) Reprinted No 1111 (1977)

5049: Action and Adventure: The Blood of the Vikings

Another original tale from Shane Filer, when S.S. Hauptsturmfuhrer Josef Heiden finds Viking relics in France, he believes they will make a grand gift for the Fuhrer, but he has no idea what he has uncovered… Set mainly in the 8th-9th century, we follow Frankish orphan Thorvald, raised by the Vikings who raided his village as he re-joins his kin in their fight against the invading Danes.

With cover and interior art by Carlos Pino, the attention to detail in the armour and weaponry really adds to this issue, making it stand out as a new classic for readers, while his morose coloured cover shows Thorvald as every inch the Viking god he is perceived as.

|Story | Shane Filer | Art | Carlos Pino | Cover | Carlos Pino |

5050: Silver Collection: Grenade!

A prolific Commando writer, Alan Hebden’s titular grenade is the centre of action in this issue, taking on a personality if its own, as the somewhat supernatural weapon favours some, while goes against others, with its own comical sense of poetic justice.  

Jeff Bevan’s cover shows the eponymous grenade front and centre, a hero in its own right, certainly showing plenty of character throughout, while the muted greens and browns give a classic war look to this issue. Meanwhile, Dennis McLoughlin’s interior artwork is equally attentive, drawing most panels during rain showers in the Italian countryside, with both white and black lines to show the falling droplets.

|Story | Alan Hebden | Art | Dennis McLoughlin | Cover | Jeff Bevan|
Originally Commando No 2640 (1993)  

Roger by Reid

It's sometimes forgotten that the iconic Roger the Dodger was co-created by the great Ken Reid. He was the original artist on the strip when it debuted in The Beano in 1953 and drew it until issue 1152 in 1964, before moving on from freelancing for D.C. Thomson to work on Frankie Stein for Odhams' new Wham! comic. 

I showed Ken's last work for Beano and Dandy here:

The page I'm showing today is a Roger the Dodger strip that appeared in The Beano No.1150, dated 1st August 1964, just two weeks before Ken's last Roger strip. There have been several great artists who have worked on the strip over the decades since Ken left, but I don't think anyone has quite captured that same sneaky, cheeky look in the same way that Ken did. After all, he designed the character and gave him that personality and "soul" so to speak. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Preview: Doctor Who Magazine No.516

Here's the cover of the next issue of the official Doctor Who Magazine, which will be in the shops on Thursday 24th August. As you can see, it features Jodie Whittaker, who steps into the role during the Christmas episode this year (which sadly bids farewell to Peter Capaldi) and whose full series begins in Autumn 2018.

Casting a woman as the Doctor has been a controversial point, but most comments I've read have been positive and welcoming. Personally I think it's a brilliant move, and I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing what Jodie Whittaker brings to the part. After all, the Doctor is a shape-changing alien from a fictional planet. At the end of the 9th Doctor's life he mused he might even regenerate with two heads. Fans didn't seem to object to that notion, but put a woman in the role and some have gone ballistic! 

This issue of Doctor Who Magazine will of course be packed with features, interviews, news and reviews, plus the regular 12th Doctor comic strip. It'll also include another Daft Dimension by me, and I've made it topical. I think this will be the first time the 13th Doctor has appeared in a strip in an official Doctor Who publication, and she's not likely to appear in another strip until her series starts, so grab your collector's item copy this Thursday!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Full programme revealed for The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival takes place in Kendal over the weekend of 13th to 15th October, and the full programme booklet is now available to read online...

...or download as a PDF...

I'll be doing a panel on Sunday 15th October on the history and evolution of British comics. Hope you can attend!

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is 100% devoted to a wide variety of comics. Here's the impressive guest list for this year...

To find out more, and to book tickets, see the festival website:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dan Cornwell makes his 2000AD debut

Having built up a fanbase with readers who admired his artwork on football/SF comic Rok of the Reds, Dan Cornwell joins 2000AD next week by illustrating a new five-part Judge Dredd serial.

The story, War Buds, sees Dan working again with his Rok of the Reds collaborators, writer John Wagner and colourist Abigail Bulmer. It's an impressive mainstream debut, as can be seen from the preview page above. 

As readers of this blog will know, I was one of the many people who enjoyed Dan's artwork on Rok of the Reds and I'm very pleased to see him in 2000AD, a natural home for his work. Let's hope this five parter is the first of many contributions to the comic.

Here's the info for 2000AD Prog 2045, on sale Wednesday 23rd August.

UK & DIGITAL: 23rd August 2017 £2.65
NORTH AMERICA: 23rd September 2017 $7.99

In this issue:
Judge Dredd: War Bugs by John Wagner (w) Dan Cornwall (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
The Alienist: Inhuman Natures by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beebie (w) Eoin Coveney (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Greysuit: Foul Play by Pat Mills (w) John Higgins (a) Sally Hurst (c) Ellie De Ville (l)
Hope: ... For The Future by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Tharg's 3rillers: Mechastopheles by Gordon Rennie, Lawrence Rennie (w) Karl Richardson (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond 

Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop2000 AD iPad app, 2000 AD Android app, 2000 AD Windows 10 app


Friday, August 18, 2017

Combat Colin goes to second printing

Combat Colin No.1 has sold well since its launch at Macc-Pow! on 1st July. Stocks were running low so I've had a second printing done. The boxes have just turned up, and Stuart Gould at has done another excellent job printing them. 

If you haven't ordered a copy yet and you'd like to, you can buy issue 1 directly from me at my online shop:

UK orders only at present. I'll work out international rates soon.

Egmont launch new comic for girls

Egmont UK have recently launched DC Superhero Girls, a new monthly magazine based on the cartoon series of the same name. It includes a comic strip illustrated by Spanish artist Ferran Rodriguez and you can find out more about his work here:

DC Superhero Girls No.1 comes with cover-mounted gifts and a price of £4.99 (although subsequent issues will sometimes be £3.99 depending on cover mount). It also includes activity pages and posters of the characters. 

It's good to see a publishers wising up to the fact that superheroes appeal to girls as well as boys. "DC Super Hero Girls centres on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of DC as they explore their teen years and discover their Super Hero potential. DC Super Hero Girls taps into today’s zeitgeist moment of girl empowerment to deliver storytelling that promotes character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their own true potential", says Egmont.

For more info, and to see the video ad for the comic, visit the Egmont website:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Convention update

I can now reveal another date for my convention calendar as Preston Comic Con have just announced me as a guest for their event. It takes place on Saturday 23rd September at the Guild Hall, Preston, and you can find out more info here:

I have to point out that I did not draw the Beano cover shown on the advert. (It's by Nigel Parkinson.) I can only guess they used a Beano cover to grab people's attention. 

Here's the updated list of the rest of my convention appearances for this year...

9th September 2017
Holiday Inn,

23rd September 2017
The Guild Hall,

1st October 2017
Sports Connexion,
Leamington Road,
Ryton On Dunsmore,
CV8 3FL.

13th to 15th October 2017

22nd October 2017
Loughborough Leisure Centre,

To be announced. 
10th to 12th November 2017
More info soon.

25th/26th November 2017
Rivermead Leisure Complex

I've also been booked for two events for 2018 but I'll reveal those after the organisers have announced them. 

I hope to see you at some of these shows. I'll be there sketching and selling copies of my comics so drop by my table!

The return of Fighting American!

Cover by Duke Mighten.
Back in the 1950's Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, creators of Captain America, set about creating a new patriotic superhero. Fighting American was the result, and his short-lived adventures were published by Harvey Comics. The strips were fun, a bit crazy, and Fighting American and his assistant Speedboy fought quite a few Commies. Well, it was the 1950s! 

These days, with the political landscape of America being so dark, a President who's a narcissistic moron, and even Captain America being the leader of Neo-Nazi group Hydra, perhaps it's time for the re-emergence of an old hero for a bit of escapism. This October, British company Titan Comics will launch Fighting American No.1, bringing the hero forward in time to 2017! 

Here's the PR...

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Duke Mighten
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 11, 2017

The Cold War superhero returns – originally launched in 1954 by the creators of Captain America, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby!
When the 1950s heroes find themselves trapped in the modern world, how will they handle what society has become, and what dangers will they face?

With new villains to contend with and enemies from their past pursuing them, what daring adventures could Fighting American and Speedboy find themselves in now?

On sale in comics speciality shops across the UK and USA on October 11th, 2017, - Joe Simon's birthday. 

Out today from Panini UK

Panini's latest Marvel Collector's Edition comics are out today, available from WH Smith and selected newsagents (and comic shops).

Marvel Legends Vol. 3 #14. On sale 17th August 2017.

100-Page Action-Packed Special, Featuring Marvel’s ‘Big 3’ – Iron Man, Captain America and Thor! £3.99!

A Civil War II chapter! While the war is tearing the super-human community apart, Captain America tries to bring peace! 

Plus, A Civil War II chapter! Civil War II takes its toll. Can Iron Man and Captain Marvel come to an agreement that will end the bloodshed?!!

Also, The Asgard/Shi'ar War begins! To defeat Malekith, Thor must form a new League of Realms! 

By Nick Spencer, Jesús Saiz, Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman!

Includes material reprinted from Captain America: Steve Rogers #6, Invincible Iron Man Vol. 8 #14, and Thor #12, 13 and 14!

Astonishing Spider-Man Vol.6 #27. On sale 17th August 2017. 

76 pages of action-packed arachnid-adventure! Only £3.99!

A Clone Conspiracy chapter! We finally learn the shocking truth: how did Ben Reilly become The Jackal?!

Also, Silk versus Spider-Woman! ‘Nuff said!

Plus, a Civil War II chapter! Iron Man asks Spider-Man the all-important question: 
Whose side are you on?!!
By Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Robbie Thompson, Irene Strychalski, Brian Michael Bendis and Nico Leon.

Includes material reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man #22, Silk #15 and Spider-Man: Miles Morales #6.

Doctor Who and the Bookshops

I thought I'd give a plug for Panini's wonderful Doctor Who graphic novels as I rarely mention them here. These weighty large size softbacks reprint the Doctor Who comic strip serials from Doctor Who Magazine into handy complete collections. There's often also behind-the-scenes features on the strips as back-up articles too.

There have been more than 20 books in this line published over the years, and the newest is Doorway to Hell, gathering recent 12th Doctor stories, including his encounter with the original Master! It'll be out in September officially, but the DWM team say you might find some in shops already.

As there are still older stories to be reprinted, you never know what will turn up in this series. The previous book was Emperor of the Daleks, collecting a 7th Doctor story from the 1980s issues of DWM!

I know a few fans have said they'd like to see some of the 3rd Doctor strips from Countdown / TV Action collected into a future volume. There are no plans to do that yet, as far as I know, but Who knows...? 

The idea of books collecting comic serials has been the norm in Europe and Japan for many decades, and it's good that the practice has been employed in the UK for a few years now too. I really think this is one way forward for British comics at the moment. With these Doctor Who books, plus collections from Titan, The Phoenix, 2000AD, and Rebellion's Treasury of British Comics line, and all the new graphic novels published by companies such as Self Made Hero, bookshops are becoming the place to go to discover comics. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Children's newsstand comics: state of the industry 2017

Over on his Down the Tubes website, John Freeman has the latest circulation figures for British newsstand comics and children's magazines. (Or at least the ones that supply their info.) It makes for grim reading, with most titles having suffered sales dips since last year.

Of course, the reasons for the decline are many and varied. It's never as simple as some people think it is. Content is one reason of course (a branded comic will only appeal to fans of that brand for example), then there's price, distribution, and the complex ways of suppliers deciding which shops get what, regardless of what a retailer might prefer.

In my opinion, one major drawback for publishers today is the unkempt way in which their mags are stuffed into shelves. Not always by customers having a browse, but by the actual retail staff. Take a look at the photos here that I took a few months ago. For the most part, the displays are unattractive and very few titles stand out. 
Admittedly, the fact they're bagged with toys doesn't help, but bear in mind it's the retail giants that have insisted on that. The design of the shelves isn't helpful either, but again, that's deliberate. The more a publisher pays the retail giants for stocking a title, the more prominent it's displayed. (In theory anyway, if the shelf-stackers have read the memo and can be bothered to follow it.) So the shelves are designed as to not give every title equal visibility. As for titles that haven't paid the higher fees for display, - they're relegated to the darkness at the back of the shelves. One rule for the rich... and people wonder why new publishers don't launch a comic.

Incredibly, comics and children's magazines are sometimes displayed out of the reach of their target audience! It's the parents they're pitched at, so bang goes the days of a child discovering a comic that catches his/her eye. Yet even if a child did manage to notice a title that seemed interesting, they couldn't browse through it because it's usually bagged. Therefore the plastic gifts become the main attraction. "That cheap water pistol that was with a mag last month broke five minutes after using it. Oh, there's a similar one with a different mag. That'll do." 

How can that build reader loyalty? (Or brand loyalty, as that seems to be the key phrase these days.) 
How's a kid going to notice that Lego Batman comic on the top shelf?
I'm really not sure what the solution is. We have a generation (and their parents) who have grown up expecting UK comics to be based on a brand, and expecting them to be bagged with gifts. Previous generations had developed a habit of going to the newsagent every week to buy their favourite comic and read about their favourite characters. Today's kids haven't developed that habit, and instead have the privilege of lots of other things to distract them at the weekends.

There's also been a change in society's attitudes since the heyday of comics. Years ago, children as young as 8 would venture out on their own or with their mates, and after the Saturday movie matinee at the local ABC cinema they'd spend the rest of their pocket money on stuff they'd discovered for themselves, including comics. Parents put trust in telling their kids not to go off with strangers and to be home by dark and, for the large majority of kids, everyone was relatively safe. This isn't conjecture. Myself and my friends were part of that generation. It's what we did. The freedom of the 1960s.

It's a far murkier world today, and with a fear of drug pushers and perverts preying on their offspring, parents daren't let kids out of their sight. (In fact, if an 8 year old was in town shopping these days on his own I think social services would have firm words with the parents.) Subsequently, that whole culture of kids seeking out comics for themselves has vanished. They're often chosen by the parent now. 

Some things don't change though. The Beano still hangs in there because it's always stood its ground and pretty much remained faithful to its original concept; a comics-focused publication that has encouraged reader loyalty with enduring and familiar characters. As it's been around for so long it's become a recognisable brand in itself. Therefore it sells on its own merits and rarely carries free gifts. 

The Phoenix seems steady, but it relies mainly on subscription and its presence in shops is minimal. (My local Smiths takes two copies, and stuffs them at the back.) However, perhaps its success should be an incentive for more publishers to follow that model, if they can find backers with deep enough pockets to sustain it. 

From my experiences meeting families at conventions I know that children do like comics, even if they haven't developed the habit of buying them regularly. That's why I think graphic novels and specials with a longer shelf life are the most likely way for newsstand / bookshop comics to survive. We can't turn the clock back to the 20th Century heyday of weekly comics, so there's no point yearning for that, but we can move forward with new ideas for the future.

If you have thoughts about this, either post them on John's article at or on my blog below.

Justice League of Britain

Licensing brands is a complex thing. Titan Comics have the rights to publish a UK Justice League comic, and Panini UK publish a Scooby-Doo comic, but here we are with Parragon Books (part of D.C. Thomson) publishing annuals for Justice League and Scooby-Doo

Such is the strange world of publishing. If you're interested in these books you can order them directly from the D.C. Thomson online shop here:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Comic Cuts Seaside Holiday Number (from 1923)

Back before the days of the Summer Special, weekly comics had a holiday theme to their regular issues. One of which being Comic Cuts No.1735, dated August 11th 1923, which was re-named for this week as Comic Cuts Seaside Holiday Number. Let's take a quick look at some of the content.

The cover strip was The Adventures of Jolly Tom, the Menagerie Man, and was drawn by Percy Cocking, one of Amalgamated Press' top artists. (He also illustrated Weary Willie and Tired Tim on the cover of Chips at this time, along with many other strips.)

The format of this "special" was exactly the same as any other week; 8 tabloid sized pages in black and white. (The standard format of comics of the time.) There was an equal balance of prose stories and comic strips, with the centre pages featuring lots of short strips. Here are three of them...

Page 7 had a busy layout of humourous stories, cartoons, ads, and the "Orfice Boy" recounting his trip to Margate...

On the back page... an sad reflection of how black people were regarded back then, re-presented here for historical purposes and to help give younger readers an inkling of what they had to put up with. I believe the artist of Comic Cuts Colony was Julius Stafford Baker. I'm sure the intention was just a "bit of fun" with no intended malice but it's still dehumanising a race. I've heard the argument that "everyone was caricatured back then, including white people". No. Not to the extent of the grotesque exaggerations of black characters, as one can see by comparing Comic Cuts Colony to the strip beneath it. In comics back then, white characters had slight exaggerations, whilst non-whites were completely distorted and depicted as almost sub-human (and referred to in racist terms). We need to ensure we never return to those days. 

There's a new PULL LIST available

Cover by Darrell Thorpe
An essential read for anyone who's interested in the British comics scene, The Pull List is a downloadable digital magazine that features previews, interviews, and reviews of recommended titles and creators.

Superbly designed, The Pull List No.7 is the latest issue and contains interviews with Rozi Hathaway, Matthew Dooley, Darrel Thorpe, Sarah Millman and more.

There are also features and opinions on recent shows MCM London, ICE Brighton, and ELCAF 2017. 

The back of the magazine features several pages of reviews, and the Cosmic Cliff comic strip by Marc Jackson. 

The Pull List provides a great service in informing people of indie and small press titles that they might otherwise be unaware of. It reminds me in that regard of Paul Gravett's Fast Fiction zine of the 1980s that provided a similar benefit to indie creators back then. 

How much does this splendid magazine cost you may ask? Just .99p (or more if you're feeling generous) and you can download it from here:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Challengers of the UK

Back in the post-World War Two years, Britain still had restrictions on what it could import, and American comics were obviously not a priority. Therefore various British publishers such as Len Miller gained the rights to produce reprint editions of popular U.S. titles such as Captain Marvel, Human Torch, various crime and horror comics, etc. 

Fast forward to the late 1950s/early '60s and although distribution of American comics was starting to build up, there were still several UK editions being published. One of them being Challengers of the Unknown, that Leicester-based company Thorpe and Porter were publishing. 

As I understand it, the UK edition of Challengers of the Unknown ran for four issues in 1960. The issue I have (shown here) is No.2, consisting of 68 pages in black and white on pulp paper. The same format that Alan Class used for his long running comics. 

This issue reprinted two American DC comics:

The Wizard of Time from Challengers of the Unknown No.4 (Oct/Nov 1958).
Writer/penciller: Jack Kirby. Inker: Wally Wood

The Men Who Lost Their Memories and The Plot to Destroy Earth, both with art by Bob Brown, reprinted from Challengers of the Unknown No.9 (Aug/Sept 1959).

There's also a short story, I Was the Gulliver of Space reprinted from Tales of the Unexpected No.32 (Dec. 1958) and various one page prose stories and features from DC comics of the period.

Thorpe and Porter also had British editions of other DC comics advertised in this issue, such as The Flash and Mr.District Attorney.

The company also had the rights to reprint comics from other publishers too, so this issue also carries ads for Adventures Into The Unknown and Mad magazine. Mad of course became the most enduring of these UK editions and continued publishing until at least 1989 (after which the US edition was imported to newsagents, and still is.)

I think the UK editions of the DC comics were phased out not long after this issue was published, and replaced by imported DC comics. Thorpe and Porter handled the distribution, and you may remember their distinctive purple T&P stamp with the UK price on the covers of imported American comics of the sixties and seventies. 

These days, history has repeated itself in a way. American comics are no longer distributed to newsagents but Panini publish British editions of Marvel comics whilst Titan publish British editions of DC comics. Sadly they're not as well distributed as the UK editions of long ago but you should find them in your nearest WH Smith. 
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