Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Treasury books for 2019

Cover art by Phil Gascoine.
A browse through Amazon this evening caused me to notice a few new books that I'm sure will be of interest to Blimey! readers. Scheduled for their Treasury of British Comics line for next year are three more collections of classic strips. These will include...

Fran of the Floods, by Alan Davidson and Phil Gascoine, from the popular Jinty weekly. 
www.amazon.co.uk/Jinty-Fran-Floods-Gascoine-Phil/dp/1781086729/

Wildcat Book 1: Turbo Jones by Barrie Tomlinson and Ian Kennedy, reprinting the story from the short-lived Wildcat comic.
www.amazon.co.uk/Wildcat-Turbo-Jones-Barrie-Tomlinson/dp/1781086656/

Cover art by Ian Kennedy.

...and one I know lots of people have been hoping to see...

Billy's Boots, Book One written by Fred Baker and drawn by John Gillatt (although John didn't take over the strip until later, so that'll be corrected as these early episodes were by Mike Western, Tom Kerr, and others). The story reprinted from Scorcher from 1970. 
www.amazon.co.uk/Billys-Boots-1-Fred-Baker/dp/1781086710
Cover art by Tom Kerr and Mike Western.
These three books are currently scheduled for the early part of 2019 and I'm sure more will follow. No doubt Rebellion will reveal more info officially over the coming weeks! 

These are exciting times for fans of classic British comics and I hope you'll give the books your full support! 



17 comments:

SID said...

I am definitely am. A birth of a new collection in fact.

Lew Stringer said...

That's good to hear, Sid. Although I get advance preview PDFs I still buy most of them too.

Brian Meenan said...

Can't wait for billys boots

Manic Man said...

forgive me for being a bit.. stupid here but, although it did merge into Eagle which I think was part of the Egmont Fleetway sell off of 2000AD to Rebellion, but I didn't know that Wildcat was part of that deal... Kinda makes sense, though I don't think anything has been done with the wildcat characters since.. early 90s I believe..

Lew Stringer said...

Eagle is not owned by Egmont or Rebellion. It's owned by the Dan Dare Corporation, but strips that started in comics that Rebellion own (eg: Wildcat or Scream!) that merged into Eagle are owned by Rebellion.

PhilEdBoyce said...

Really looking forward to the Wildcat book. Pre-ordered it myself as soon as I found out about it, so just impatiently waiting for January now. Hopefully it's a success so that the other characters get their chance in the spotlight too, the comic certainly deserves to be remembered!

Manic Man said...

Ah, of course Eagle is still DDC.. yeah.. should have remember that if Scream was part of the deal, Wildcat would have been too ^_^ like I said, being a bit stupid ^_^ thanks

Lew Stringer said...

Basically, with the exception of Eagle and any licensed comic, all the titles published by IPC/Fleetway that began from Whizzer and Chips onwards are now under the Rebellion banner. Although there'd be some complications with Oink! and Scouse Mouse because they were packaged for IPC by outside companies and some strips are creator-owned.

Manic Man said...

that'll keep the tradepaper backs coming out for... well.. some time since they seam interested in doing some very niche market ones too..

Lew Stringer said...

It depends how well they're selling of course. I presume Misty is doing ok as it's up to volume 3 already. The sad thing is that some comic shops won't order them because "they're old and British so there's no demand". That was said to me when I tried to buy the One-Eyed Jack book from my nearest comic shops. The irony that I was there actually willing to order the book was lost on them.

Manic Man said...

yeah.. I was talking to someone only the other day about how various shops (not just comic shops) used to be okay with ordering you in a copy of something but that seams completely missing these days.. and I keep talking about how Comic Shops in the Uk are mostly only interested in American comics ¬_¬

Colin Brown said...

I got excited seeing the Tom Kerr cover but it doesn't look like he's doing the content. I think he did some Billy's Boots so hopefully there will be further volumes.

Lew Stringer said...

As I said, I think the cover credits will be corrected. Tom did indeed draw a lot of the early ones. I presume they're starting from the beginning, long before John Gillatt took over.

Colin Brown said...

Sorry Lew, obviously didn't read that part. Really have to stop skimming. That makes this a must buy for me.

Kal said...

May give the Billy's Boots one a go.

After originally buying all of the Treasury titles direct from Rebellion to support the line, I'm being more selective nowadays and only picking up titles I want to read if I see them going cheap on Amazon or eBay.

Lew Stringer said...

If I buy them online I tend to use Book Deposity, Word, etc, who I believe do pay their taxes in this country,

Kal said...

Amazon Marketplace FTW! Often go third-party unless it's something I want urgently.

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