Tuesday, October 17, 2017


This Thursday, 19th October, Rebellion publishes the fourth in its Treasury of British Comics books with The Dracula File collected from the pages of Scream! (and Scream! Holiday Specials). As well as the strips, it features a brand new cover by Chris Weston, an introduction by Scream! editor Ian Rimmer, A gallery of Scream! covers that featured Dracula, and a back up article by Dave McDonald charting the history of the path that led IPC to publish Scream!

Here's more info and images, courtesy of Rebellion...

CREATIVE TEAM:  Gerry Finley-Day, Simon Furman, Ken Noble (w) Eric Bradbury, Geoff Senior, Keith Page (a) John Aldrich, Peter Knight (l)
REGIONS: UK, worldwide digital
RELEASE DATE: 19 October 2017
PAPERBACK - 101 pages
PRICE: £15.99 (UK) $19.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781781085998

Fleeing vampire hunters from behind the iron Curtain, Count Dracula returns to Great Britain with an unquenchable thirst for blood! Unable to accept that the supernatural defector has slipped through his fingers, Rumanian KGB officer Stakis decides to defy his disbelieving superiors and destroy the unholy horror that has plagued the world for centuries. Will 1980s London become the Count’s permanent, new feeding ground? Written by 2000 AD stalwart Gerry Finley-Day and featuring Eric Bradbury’s nightmarish vision of horror’s greatest icon, The Dracula File is a book that you can really sink your teeth into!

Available in print from: book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: Treasury of British Comics webshop

COMMANDO comics out this week...

Brand new Commando issues 5063-5066 are coming soon, featuring Motor Boat malaises, Commando bomb disposals, Heinkel hesitations and Ypres revenants all to test the mettle of our men at war!

5063: Home of Heroes: The Crew

What was better for a crew at war: the men to be specialists or jacks of all trades? That was the question that faced Lieutenant Frank Temple on his new Motor Boat. Surely to be the best at your job was key to success and survival, but, indeed, with so few men aboard if something happened how would they cope without an able replacement? So, when Frank decided to give his new men extra training for the different positions he thought he was doing the right thing, but his crew weren’t very happy…

With stylish accompanying art from Vicente Alcazar, Ferg Handley’s stiff-upper lip rivalry between Frank and his second in command Steve Hewitt is lovingly brought to life.

|Story | Ferg Handley | Art | Vicente Alcazar | Cover | Janek Matysiak |

5064: Gold Collection: Spy Trap

Mission Brief: parachute into Germany to defuse a British bomb buried in the ruined interior of a feared Nazi prison and rescue to the British agent held inside. Time to detonation: twelve hours.

Commando Lieutenant Phil Searle always stayed cool under pressure, that’s why he was so skilled at defusing enemy bombs and mines. So, naturally, he didn’t flinch when his C.O. volunteered him on a mission to defuse an unexploded bomb in a German prison, or to rescue the British agent held there. But what did throw Phil was his partner on this mission, Helmut Malke, a Jerry with a habit of disappearing right before trouble started…

With Gentry’s combination of big personalities, ‘Spy Trap’s tension is just as high-octane, with enemies around every corner in Bielsa’s detailed artwork and guns aimed right on our hero in Penalva’s bold cover.

|Story | Gentry | Art | Bielsa | Cover | Penalva |
Originally Commando No 396 (April 1969) Reprinted No 1147 (1977)

5065: Action and Adventure: Wings of Woe

Flying from a young age with hopes of becoming a pilot, our hero is instead assigned as a bomb aimer and navigator, but strives to rise in the ranks and take control of his aircraft.  His name is Jurgen Loden and he flies in a Heinkel...

Desperate to live up to his older brother and idol, a German fighter pilot in the First World War, Jurgen wants nothing more than to defend his country, but when he sees the destruction his bombs inflict he begins to question the Nazi cause.

A compelling perspective from George Low, with detailed artwork by Rezzonico and a suitably stunning aerial cover from Ian Kennedy, ‘Wings of Woe’ is a stand out issue for any collection.

|Story | George Low | Art | Rezzonico | Cover | Ian Kennedy |

5066: Silver Collection: Dead Men’s Revenge

Lying under rubble from a fallen building, Nick Gray’s life was slowly draining. That’s when he saw them. Hazy wraiths in uniforms from the last great war. They were at Ypres, they told him. Betrayed by their C.O. they were court martialled and executed on the ground Nick’s broken body lies on. “It’s not your time,” they tell him. Nick must complete the task given to him by these revenants if they are ever to be at peace…

A dark number from Ian Clark, ‘Dead Men’s Revenge’ deals with sacrifice and the young men of World War Two being haunted by the heroics of the past generation which they must live up to. Combine that with artwork and cover by Ibanez and this eerie issue really packs an equally supernatural and poignant punch.

|Story | Ian Clark | Art |Ibanez | Cover | Ibanez |
Originally Commando No 2647 (March 1993)

Monday, October 16, 2017


A quick preview of a few pages from Judge Dredd Megazine No.389 out this Wednesday.

UK & DIGITAL: 18th October 2017 £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 18th October 2017 $13

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: DEFROSTED by Rory McConville (w) Paul Davidson (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

ANDERSON: NWO by Alan Grant (w) Paul Marshall (a) Dylan Teague (c) Simon Boland (l)

DEVLIN WAUGH: BLOOD DEBT by Rory McConville (w) Mike Dowling (a) Simon Bowland (l)

LAWLESS: BREAKING BADROCK by Dan Abnett (w) Len O'Grady (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

DOMINION by John Wagner (w) Nick Percival (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

New Comics: Scream! and Misty Special
Interrogation: Simon Furman
Interrogation: Leonardo Manco
New Books: Comic Book Hero

Bagged graphic novel: Tharg's Terror Tales by Arthur Wyatt, Al Ewing, Nicolas Jean, Alec Worley, John Smith, David Baillie (w) John Cooper, Tiernen Trevallion, Cliff Robinson, Yann Valeani, Warren Pleece, Graeme Neil Reid, Mark Harrison, Edmund Bagwell, Will Morris, Tom Foster, Peter Doherty (a) Ellie De Ville, Simon Bowland, Peter Doherty (l)

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

DWM 518 preview

Here's a quick preview of Doctor Who Magazine No.518, in shops this Thursday, 19th October. Packed with news, reviews, interviews, and more. Plus another Daft Dimension from me! Don't miss it!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Your advance preview of the next 2000AD!

2000AD Prog 2053 will be in the shops on Wednesday, but you can see a few preview pages here right now, courtesy of Rebellion! 

UK & DIGITAL: 18th October 2017 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 18th October 2017 $7.99

In this issue:

JUDGE DREDD: ADAPTIVE OPTICS by Arthur Wyatt (w) Simon Roy (a), Annie Parkhouse (l)

GREY AREA: HOMELAND SECURITY by Dan Abnett (w) Mark Harrison (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

SLÁINE: ARCHON by Pat Mills (w) Simon Davis (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

INDIGO PRIME: A DYING ART by Kek-W (w) Lee Carter (a) Simon Bowland (l)

ABSALOM: TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Gordon Rennie (w) Tiernan Trevallion (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Maximum Chill-Power! My thanks to Rebellion for a PDF preview of the special that will arrive in newsagents and comic shops this Wednesday, 18th October. Newsagents will have the Scream dominant cover, whilst comic shops will have the Misty variant. The interiors of both versions are identical. 

It's a very slickly produced 52 page comic, with some great artwork from veterans such as the amazing John Stokes to fantastic newcomers such as DaNi. There's a few very unexpected surprises too! I really hope it sells well so there'll be more next year.

Without further ado, here's a few preview pages to whet your appetites...

UK & DIGITAL: 18th October 2017 £3.99
NORTH AMERICA: 18th October 2017 $7.99

In this issue:
THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR by Guy Adams (w) John Stokes, Frazer Irving (a) Simon Bowland (l)

THE DRACULA FILE by Grainne McEntee (w) Tristan Jones (a) SG (l)

DEATH-MAN: THE GATHERING by Feek (w) Henry Flint (a) SG (l)

BLACK MAX by Kek-W (w) Simon Coleby (a) Len O'Grady (c) Jim Campbell (l)

RETURN OF THE SENTINELS by Hannah Berry (w) Ben Willsher (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
FATE OF THE FAIRY HUNTER by Alec Worley (w) DaNi (a) Maz Smith (l)

plus: Pin-ups by Warwick Fraser-Coombe and Mike Hoffman 

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

This weekend's schedule at the Lakes

Just a quick reminder of my schedule for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival this weekend.

1.00pm to 2.00pm 
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.
Editor,writer,blogger John Freeman and I will be doing a powerpoint presentation covering the highlights and changes of over 100 years of British comics.

After that, at around 2.30pm to 4.00pm I'll be moving up the road to the Clocktower to do a relatively brief signing/sketching session before I have to rush off to catch my train. 

There are of course LOADS of other things taking place at the festival over the weekend from artists from all over the world. See the Lakes website for full details!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Video ad for Scream and Misty Special!

Back in the heyday of British comics, every new launch (and many free gift issues) from the mainstream publishers was advertised on TV in short, snappy ads. Now, Rebellion have replicated that to an extent with an online ad for the upcoming Scream and Misty Halloween Special, out on 18th October. 

You can see the ad on You Tube here:

More info on the comic here:

Out today from Panini UK

Marvel Legends Vol. 3 #16. On sale 12th October 2017.
76 Action-Packed pages featuring Marvel’s ‘Big 3’ – Iron Man, Captain America and Thor! £3.99!
Is Riri Williams up to the challenge of being the all-new Iron Man?!!
Plus, the alien Chitauri are coming! Can Captain America, Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight stop the invasion?!!
Also, Thor is challenged by the gods of the Shi'ar!
By Nick Spencer, Jesús Saiz, Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman!
Includes material reprinted from Captain America: Steve Rogers #8-9, Invincible Iron Man #3, and Thor #16!

Astonishing Spider-Man Vol.6 #31. On sale 12th October 2017. 
100-Page special packed with arachnid-adventure! Only £3.99!
The Clone Conspiracy reaches its cataclysmic conclusion! 
The Jackal’s plans may have been thwarted but the aftermath is far messier! Rhino on the rampage! Discover the true fate of Ben Reilly, The Jackal, Doctor Octopus and the Lizard! And what of Spidey’s allies, Prowler and Silk?!!
By Sean Ryan, Jamal Campbell with Javier Saltares, Robbie Thompson, Irene Strychalski
Christos N. Gage, Dan Slott, Cory Smith.
Includes material reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man #24, Silk #17, Prowler #5 and The Clone Conspiracy Omega.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

See you at the Lakes this weekend!

I was hoping to write a few blog posts this week but I'm snowed under with deadlines so that's going to have to pass I'm afraid. Just time though to give a plug for the Lakes International Comic art Show this coming weekend (13th to 15th October) which I'll be attending. On the Sunday, I'll be doing Comics Gold with editor/writer John Freeman; a powerpoint presentation covering the highlights of the history of British comics from Ally Sloper to Aces Weekly, and how they've evolved over the decades. I hope you can make it! 

John has a feature on some new comics that'll be available at the Lakes. See his Down the Tubes blog here:

Find out more about the festival by visiting their website here:

Monday, October 09, 2017

This month's UK DC Comics from Titan...

Titan Comics have just sent me the covers and info for their DC Comics reprints for October, so here we go...

The Justice League face an ancient evil in 'Justice League Rebirth'; meanwhile, in 'Darkseid War Act Two: After Death', new gods are born; then in 'Justice League of America', ancient Krypton attacks earth; and in 'Wonder Woman: Year One Part One', the story of Diana’s departure from Themyscira, and how she became the hero, Wonder Woman! 
On sale - 19th October 

The Rebirth saga continues! In 'Trinity', Mongul reigns supreme in Black Mercy’s world! In 'Super Sons', Lex Luthor suspects the boys are up to no good. In 'Superman', the Eradicator 
invades the Fortress of Solitude!
On sale - 5th October

Batman has been caught in the Mad-Hatter’s spell in 'Ends of the Earth'. Meanwhile in 'The First Ally', a dangerous weapon is being smuggled into the country. In 'Better than Batman', Nightwing’s work for the Court of Owls continues as he and Raptor begin to work to shut down the Parliament of Owls forever!
On sale - 26th October 

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Coming next in 2000AD...

Here's a quick preview of a couple of pages from the next issue of 2000AD (Prog 2052) out this Wednesday!

UK & DIGITAL: 11th October 2017 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 11th October 2017 $7.99

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: ICON by TC Eglinton (w) Colin MacNeil (a), Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

GREY AREA: HOMELAND SECURITY by Dan Abnett (w) Mark Harrison (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
SLÁINE: ARCHON by Pat Mills (w) Simon Davis (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
INDIGO PRIME: A DYING ART by John Smith, Kek-W (w) Lee Carter (a) Simon Bowland (l)

SINISTER DEXTER: THE DEVIL & ALL HIS WHACKS by Dan Abnett (w) Jake Lynch (a) John Charles (c) Ellie De Ville (l)

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

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Get ready to RUMBLE!

Mega Robo Rumble! is the latest graphic novel from David Fickling Books, collecting Neill Cameron's serial from The Phoenix weekly. Here's the info...

Alex and Freddy are brothers. Robot brothers!
When duty calls, they're agents of R.A.I.D., an elite government unit that protects the world from robotic attacks.
Now they're facing new and terrifying threats: a giant drill-bot is destroying London, Freddy gets famous, and even worse, a mysterious robot twisted with rage is intent on ruthlessly exacting its revenge on R.A.I.D. ...

Author: Neill Cameron.
Paperback: 96 pages, Full Colour.    
Publisher: David Fickling Books (05/10/2017)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 0.8 x 25 cm
ISBN: 978-1910989814

Available now from bookshops, or you can order it directly from the publisher by clicking here.

Out today from Panini UK

Available now from WH Smith and selected newsagents...

AVENGERS UNIVERSE #16. On sale 5th October!
76 pages of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Three awesome stories! £3.99!
A Civil War II chapter! As the world watches, Iron Man confronts Captain Marvel in Washington! By Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez!
Heimdall reveals a forgotten event in the Avengers’ history to Thor!
The Uncanny Avengers battle a resurrected Hulk in Japan! By Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz!
Featuring material first printed in Civil War II #7, All-New Avengers #15 and Uncanny Avengers #16.

WOLVERINE & DEADPOOL #16. On sale 5th October!
76 pages of Marvel’s toughest heroes! £3.99!
Wolverine is reunited with her clone sister Bellona – and her deadliest enemy, Kimura! Don't miss ‘Enemy of the State’ by Tom Taylor and Djibril Morissette-Phan!
Deadpool and Preston go hunting for Madcap, with the lives of their children at stake! By Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli!
Featuring material first printed in All-New Wolverine #15 and Deadpool #22-24.

The appeal of the Rupert Annuals

Here's the cover to the new Rupert Annual that no doubt thousands will be having as a Christmas present. The book has been published since the 1930s but I must admit... I've never read one. Rupert appeared in the Daily Express, which wasn't a newspaper we ever had in our house when I was growing up, so I didn't even know who the adventurous bear was. 

By the time I began to notice the Rupert Annuals I probably felt I was too old for them. It looked more like a nursery comic, and I was drawn more towards Marvel Comics, TV21 and Smash! so I never gave Rupert a second thought. I remember Bob and Terry discussing the annuals in an episode of Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, and I think I saw a few episodes of the Rupert TV series, but that's as far as it went.
A spread from the new annual.

I'm not likely to get enthusiastic about the character now at my age, but maybe I should try one of the books to at least see what the appeal of the strip is and to look at them with a professional eye. No doubt many of you will be familiar with the character, so my question is... what attracted you to the stories? Do you still collect them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below...

The Prisoner, - new comic coming from Titan in 2018

I've known about this for a while but was sworn to secrecy, hoping for an exclusive. Now the news is all over the 'net and I didn't even get the press release. To paraphrase the show, I wanted information... information... but I didn't get it. Anyway, I'm still giving it a quick promo because I know some of you will be interested. In 2018, Titan Comics will launch The Prisoner, a new comic inspired by the classic TV series. The comic will be written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Colin Lorimer. You can read more about it here:

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Commando comics out today...

Here's the info on the four issues of Commando that go on sale today...

5059: Home of Heroes: Target: ARMAGEDDON

After Germany surrendered in 1945, many Nazis fled to South America, choosing to live out the rest of their days in peace, but one U-Boat captain, Heinrich Kessler, had other ideas. Disgusted by his government’s surrender, Kessler’s hate for western culture burned through the decades until he decided to strike back. He might not be able to destroy his enemies – but he would push them to destroy each other!

Now, in the heat of the Cold War, the Russian and American navies must work together if they are to defeat a greater evil that threatens the world…

Iain McLaughlin’s nautical narrative is filled with stunning seascapes from Rodriguez and Morhain, who detail the various warships and submarines that battle on and beneath the surface, carrying over from Janek Matysiak’s moody submarine cover. 

|Story | Iain McLaughlin | Art | Rodriguez & Morhain | Cover | Janek Matysiak |

5060: Gold Collection: The Fighting Few

“No-one would deny that the Battle of Britain produced more heroes than any other action of the Second World War.”

A Golden Age classic, ‘The Fighting Few’ follows three pilots who formed one of the closest units the war had ever seen. Spending every minute to spare in the air, Flying Officer Gavin Roberts’ team was nigh on unstoppable. The only thing that held them back was Squadron Leader Connor, who, duplicitous and cowardly, took every chance he could to run away – even at the cost of another pilot’s life. So, facing Connor’s self-preservation and the relentless Luftwaffe, Gavin’s trio must train and fight harder if they are to survive and help Britain on the road to victory!

Bringing Maitland’s story to life, Gordon C. Livingstone provides the cover and interior artwork, making it easy to see why his designs are so beloved by comic fans.

|Story | Maitland | Art | Gordon C. Livingstone | Cover | Gordon C. Livingstone |
Originally Commando No 386 (February 1969) Reprinted No 1123 (May 1977)

5061: Action and Adventure: Fenshire Silver

Uncovering a crate of silver finery from French soldiers in the Peninsula War, Fenshire Rifle Lieutenant Adrian Seacombe could not believe his luck, that is, until he perished on his return to British soil. But that silver would stay with the Seacombe line, eventually reaching his descendant who fought with the Fenshire Rifles regiment in the Second World War. But does this new Seacombe care more about the treasure than his men?

With art and cover design from Keith Page, George Low’s ‘Fenshire Silver’ is an adventure through the ages, from flintlock face-offs in Spain 1810, to the iconic Lee Enfields of World War Two.

|Story | George Low | Art | Keith Page | Cover | Keith Page |

5062: Silver Collection: Time to Pay!

Sent to join the Italians at the front, Strumbannfuhrer Gustav Braun was an evil and cowardly man. Panicking at the first sight of the action he had avoided so far, he ordered a unit of Italians shot down so he could steal their trucks and flee. But Captain Mario Celini would never forget this. Even after Italy surrendered, Mario joined the Allied fighters to push back the Nazis and maybe even get his revenge on Braun…

A different perspective on the war from K. P. MacKenzie, this ‘90s classic builds the perfect villain before introducing us to the heroes who will try to take him down. With beautiful depictions of the Italian countryside in C. T. Rigby’s artwork and a striking cover from Ian Kennedy, this is not one to miss!

|Story | K. P. MacKenzie | Art | C. T. Rigby | Cover | Ian Kennedy |
Originally Commando No 2648 (March 1993)

Lost (and Found) In Space!

I hope you'll forgive this brief diversion from comics but I know some of you will be interested in this. Popular 1960s TV show Lost In Space returns to British screens tonight with the first episode airing at 8.00 P.M. on the Horror Channel, then every weekday night at that time. If you're not familiar with the show it's about a family of space travellers who become stranded on a distant world, encountering new dangers and increasingly bizarre aliens every week. Will the Horror Channel be repeating the whole three seasons? Will they show them in order? Tune in to find out!

With the show back on TV it seemed a good time to give a plug to this great book, Lost (and Found) In Space, which was published last year. It's an affectionate memoir of the show by two of its stars, Bill Mumy (Will Robinson) and Angela Cartwright (Penny Robinson). The 200 page book features loads of behind-the-scenes photographs and anecdotes you won't find anywhere else. 
Lost In Space was a must-see programme when I was a child, and again when it was repeated when I was in my mid teens. I bought the DVD box set a few years ago too. Produced by Irwin Allen, it was the sort of warm, family-friendly show that is rarely made these days. The first season was in black and white, with seasons two and three in full colour.
Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright's book reflects the enjoyable, lighthearted tone that the show had, and it makes for a very pleasant and absorbing read. These days, Bill is a talented musician (http://www.billmumy.com) and Angela a talented artist (http://angela-cartwright.com). It's heartening to know that over the years they've remained good friends, and the memoir of their time on Lost In Space is an essential purchase for any fan of the show.
You can buy Lost (and Found) In Space directly from their website:

...or purchase the softback from UK online sellers at this link

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