Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Announcing BUSTER comic... in 1960

From my blog's archives, here's how Buster comic was announced to readers of the Daily Mirror. The full page advert above appeared in the Mirror dated Monday 23rd May 1960....

...but two days before that, on Saturday 21st May 1960, this news item was the first announcement of the character...
Update: To explain further, back in 1960 the Mirror Group owned Fleetway, so this was a legitimate connection. However, I understand that Reg Smythe (Andy Capp's creator) wasn't happy about it so he never put Buster in the Andy Capp strip. Buster dropped the "Son of Andy Capp" sub-title after several months, but the comic continued until the last week of 1999, just five months short of its 40th anniversary! One of the longest-running comics in history. 

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Remembering TV Century 21

It's 54 years this week since the first issue of TV Century 21 arrived in newsagents. Better known as TV21 (which it later became officially) it's still regarded as the best comic of the 1960s. 

Above is the full page advert for issue 1, which appeared in the Daily Mirror on Wednesday 20th January 1965.

I've covered TV21 a few times on this blog over the years, including this look back at that very first issue....



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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thrills in your future...

I couldn't resist posting about this. Top Shelf and Knockabout have revealed the cover for the final issue of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest, and it's a perfect homage of the early issues of 2000AD

The traditionally ironic "Great News" splash is even there, because not only is this the final issue, it's also the last comic that Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill will be doing. Not great at all. Very sad news indeed, but they've maintained such a high standard of work throughout their long careers I'm sure we can wish them both well for their retirement from comics, and thank them for brightening up our lives. 

I think I have something in my eye.

Although Blimey! is rarely updated now, I'll be posting more about this series in the future as not only is it my favourite current comic, Alan and Kevin are always worth blogging about! 

Here's the info for The Tempest No.6. Pre-order this landmark issue from your local comic shop now! 

In Moore and O’Neill’s final comic-book, this issue masquerading as a British science-fiction weekly, the plot-strands of our concluding volume and loose ends from twenty years of continuity are tied in an ingenious starry bow, as Mina Murray and her legendary confederates transition from the world of fiction past and present to the world of fiction future. Planets end in visual spectacle, lovers are united in the matrimonial event of the millennium, and deadly enemies draw close in the conclusion of their fatal dances. This is your last call for the immaculate crescendo of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV, The Tempest. -- 
Issue #6 in a 6-issue mini-series, each issue 32 pages in (mostly) full color, saddle stitched, 6 5/8” x 10 1/8” (standard comic-book size).
Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).


Comic anniversaries

As this blog isn't updated very often now you could check out the archive for 3,000 old posts, - many of which you may not have seen. For example, this week marks the significant anniversaries of two short-run comics...

It's been 50 years this week since City Magazines launched Joe 90 Top Secret. Read all about it here...

...and it's been 40 years since D.C. Thomson launched The Crunch No.1. You can read about that here:

Happy hunting through the Blimey! archives! 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ron Smith passes away

Terror Tests, ADVENTURE, 1956. © D.C. Thomson

Veteran comic artist of many British comics, Ron Smith, has passed away at the age of 94. 

Many fans will remember him as one of the prominent artists on Judge Dredd for 2000AD in the 1980s (and on the long-running Judge Dredd newspaper strip in the Daily Star) but his career in comics began long before that. 

Ron was a popular artist for D.C. Thomson throughout the 1950s up to the early 1970s, drawing for story papers such as Adventure and comics such as The Topper and Hotspur on strips such as British superhero King Cobra.

Although respected by his peers in the industry, it wasn't until he freelanced for 2000AD from 1979 onwards that he came to the attention of organised comics fandom. Along with Mike McMahon, Carlos Ezquerra, and Brian Bolland, Ron Smith became one of the most distinctive artists on Judge Dredd.

Ron later freelanced for comics such as Wildcat and MASK before retiring in the 1990s.

My condolences to Ron's family and friends on their loss. Truly one of the greats whose work will always be remembered and admired. Here's a small selection of his amazing output...

Lone Wolfe. BEEZER, 1962. © D.C. Thomson
The Last Warriors. TOPPER, 1962. © D.C. Thomson.

HOTSPUR ANNUAL 1976. © D.C. Thomson (Image from eBay.)
King Cobra, HOTSPUR, 1976. © D.C. Thomson. Image from internet.

2000AD, 1979. © Rebellion.
See John Freeman's tribute at Down the Tubes:

Ron Smith's Lost Adventure Comic:


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