Tuesday, August 06, 2019

It was the Sixties, man!

The Cloak ©Mike Higgs
For the next issue of Comic Scene (out later this month) I've written a brief history of Pow! comic. I supplied a bunch of images too, but sadly this one wasn't used which is a shame. No worries though, because Blimey! readers now get to see it anyway. It's a fantastic panel from The Cloak by Mike Higgs, where the titular hero and Lady Shady engage in a clash of magic spells with the villain The Warlock. 

This is the sort of scene that made Pow! stand out from "ordinary" British comics of the day and was a big influence on my Combat Colin strip years later. Mike's artistry here is great, and so contemporary for the era. Mike always liked hand-lettering his own sound effects too (another thing that influenced me) and he went to town on this panel! 

The Cloak always delivered the unexpected. A spy strip that could include monsters, witchcraft, space travel, or anything! For many of us this was one of the best strips of the 1960s! 




2 comments:

Irmantas said...

Wouldn‘t it be great to have a collected edition of the series! I remember reading somewhere that Mike has retained rights to the strip, so perhaps it would make it worth his while to go the crowdfunding way for financing the book! I would surely back it :)

Lew Stringer said...

It's something Mike has considered for years (publishing, not crowdfunding) but he's retired now so I'm not sure it'll happen unfortunately.

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