Friday, November 22, 2019

Purita Campos 1937 - 2019

The comic artist Purita Campos has passed away at age 82. The highly regarded Spanish artist was a prolific contributor to girls comics in the UK throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Her most popular strip was Patty's World which began in Princess Tina in 1971. She also illustrated many covers for that comic and others. (One Princess Tina cover is shown above, taken from the Bear Alley blog.)

I must admit that as I never followed girls comics I was unfamiliar with the superb work of Purita Campos until recent years. Even now, my knowledge of her output is limited so I don't feel I could do her justice in a proper tribute. However, the comics historian Steve Holland has written a superbly researched obituary over on his Bear Alley blog which you can read by clicking this link:
https://bearalley.blogspot.com/2019/11/purita-campos-1937-2019.html

My condolences to the family and friends of Purita Campos for their loss. 

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Here comes CORKER!

A new British comic on the newsstands? Yep, in the form of Corker! a 24 page pull-out comic in the latest issue of Comic Scene magazine. 

Corker! has a new cover by Marc Jackson (who also provides the Whackoman comic strip on the back page) and contains three long strips; Gallant and Amos by Rob Barnes, Slash Moron by Bambos Georgiou, the late James Hansen, and coloured by John Burns, and MegaAtomic Battle Rabbit by Stu Perrins and Israel Huretas. 

There are also strips in Comic Scene itself, such as reprints of Rok of the Reds and Lady Flintlock

A good showcase for modern indie talent, Comic Scene No.10 is in WH Smiths and comic shops now, or you can subscribe at this link:
https://getmycomics.com/comicscene



Advance Preview: 2000AD Prog 2159

A striking cover by Rob Davis for next week's 2000AD. Prog 2159 goes on sale Wednesday 27th November, but you can have a sneak preview of some of the amazing artwork in a few pages below, thanks to Rebellion. 

UK and DIGITAL: 27th November 2019 £2.99
NORTH AMERICA: 27th December 2019 $25.19 (per pack)
DIAMOND: SEP191936
COVER: ROB DAVIS

In this issue:

JUDGE DREDD: THE HARVEST by Michael Carroll (w) Nick Percival (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)


DEFOE: THE DIVISOR by Pat Mills (w) SK Moore (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

BRINK: HATE BOX by Dan Abnett (w) INJ Culbard (a) Simon Bowland (l)

HOPE: UNDER FIRE by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

THE FALL OF DEADWORLD: DOOMED by Kek-W (w) Dave Kendall (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPadAndroidWindows 10
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Chris Weston cover to retailer Trigan Empire Vol.1 hardcover revealed

Breaking news! Rebellion have just released an image of the alternative cover to their Trigan Empire collection as a retailer variant, and it's stunning artwork by Chris Weston. (If ever the series was revived for new stories Chris would definitely be the perfect artist for it.) Here's the PR just in...

The Invisibles artist pays tribute to greatest work of legendary creator who mentored him early in his career

The Treasury of British Comics is pleased to unveil Chris Weston's brand new cover for a retailer exclusive hardcover edition of the first volume of The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire.

With this special cover - available only from selected comic book stores - the artist on Judge Dredd, The Filth and The Invisibles has paid tribute to the inimitable work of the legendary Don Lawrence, artist on Trigan Empire, one of the finest comics creators in British comics history, and Weston's mentor early in his career.

The retailer variant hardcover with Chris Weston cover will be available to buy from Forbidden Planet, Forbidden Planet International, OK Comics, Book Palace, and other selected stockists.

The hardcover variant, individually numbered with a cover by Don Lawerence, is also available to pre-order from the Treasury of British Comics website until 4th December.

The standard paperback collection will be available in March from all good retailers and comic book stores.

Featuring stunning artwork taken from crisp scans of Lawrence's original artwork, this 304-page volume includes a touching introduction from Liam Sharp (Green Lantern), who was also mentored by Lawrence, and marks the first time the series is being collected in a mass market edition.

Co-created by Lawrence with writer Mike Butterworth, The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire merges the movie serials of the 1930s, Flash Gordon, John Carter, and ancient history into a sprawling, classic science-fiction epic. It has been named as a major influence by the likes of writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman), artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Brian Bolland (Judge Dredd), amongst many others.

Originally published in the anthology title Ranger from September 1965, and Look and Learn from June 19966 until April 1982, the series told the story of an alien empire on the planet Elekton that was heavily influenced by history, particularly that of the Roman Empire. Created by Mike Butterworth, who died in 1986, and artist Don Lawrence, who died in 2004, the series’ mix of political intrigue and Lawrence’s lush painted artwork won a host of fans worldwide, and proved to be highly influential, inspiring a generation of comic book creators with its depth and beauty.

Lawrence, who started out as a comics creator in the Gower Street Studios in London, first working on Marvelman before moving on to Karl the Viking for Lion. Other artists who worked on the strip include Ron Embleton, Miguel Quesada, Philip Corke, Oliver Frey and Gerry Wood. Although the strip has seen only limited English-language release it remains one of the most popular comic series in Holland and Germany, with over two million albums sold.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

This week in 1966: SMASH! No.43

Smash! was my favourite comic when I was a child. Sure, TV21 came very close, and I definitely consider that my favourite adventure comic of all time, but Smash! just had the edge for me because of its variety of material.

It has to be said that Smash! wasn't very slick compared to most of its rivals but when you're 7 years old, the odd sloppy layout and cheap printing isn't a deterrent... in fact that "rough and ready" aspect became part of the comic's appeal! There are a couple of things that were significant about this issue of Smash! as I'll reveal as we go along. 

As I said, Smash! had a good variety of content; mixing up humour, home-grown adventure strips, Marvel reprint and DC's Batman all in one comic! (Yes, Odhams were officially licensed to put those strips in there.) The Batman stories were American Sunday newspaper strips, which actually ran only a week or three in Smash! behind their American printing. Batman was a huge hit on TV at the time so it was perfect for Smash's front cover.

As time moves on, no doubt comics like Smash! begin to look increasingly old fashioned to younger eyes, but in its day this was one of the coolest comics out there. Here's a few examples from its 28 packed pages...

One "tradition" in old comics that's thankfully behind us now (pardon the pun) is kids being whacked. Corporal punishment was of its time and was definitely over-used as a lazy ending in humour strips. The creators could be inventive though. Here's Percy (of Percy's Pets) being spanked by a fish. Art by Stan McMurtry...
The Rubberman was one of Odhams' home-grown superheroes, and a popular series in Smash! Art by Alfredo Marculeta...

Charlie's Choice often boasted excellent cartoon art by the late great Brian Lewis. And, oh-oh, another spanking scene. Sheesh.... British comics were weird...

Bad Penny was created by Leo Baxendale but he'd left Odhams by this point so this strip was by other hands. Not in Leo's league but it did the job and kept up the typical lunacy of over the top comedy situations... 
By this issue, the Incredible Hulk reprints had used up the first six issues of his original mag and were now reprinting the material where he guest-starred in other comics. This is a reprint from Fantastic Four (serialised over a couple of weeks) but still presented as a Hulk strip. Art by Jack Kirby but with UK resizing to accommodate more panels on the larger British page size...
The Swots and the Blots were very popular. Even more so when Leo Baxendale took over the strip in March 1969, but at this time, in 1966, the strip was still being drawn by Ron Spencer...
If ever there was a Smash! strip begging to be collected as part of the Treasury of British Comics books it's The Legend Testers. Weird stories, and fantastic art by Jordi Bernet...

Here's one thing that makes this issue significant. It's the announcement of the 'Power Comics' logo that would start appearing on the covers of Smash! and Wham! (and subsequent companion comics) from the following week. (In memory it feels like the 'Power Comics' imprint was around for a long time but in fact it was only in use for slightly under two years. It vanished from the covers when Smash! was the only "Power Comic" left in late 1968.) 

There's also an announcement about Pow! weekly, which would be on the shelves in early 1967. (The advert for the first Smash! Annual is a nice bonus too. A book I had in my Christmas pillowcase that year.) 
Here's the other significant bit about this issue. The final episode of Ken Reid's Queen of the Seas! Great strip, but not the best printing... but you can see the full series sharply printed in greyscale on quality paper in volume 2 of The Power Pack of Ken Reid available from Irmantas Povilaika at this link:
https://www.kazoop-comics-shop.com
Smash! always brings back a lot of happy childhood memories for me. Rebellion are reviving the title for the Smash! Special next year but it'll be a vehicle for Fleetway characters such as The Spider, The Steel Claw, and Mytek the Mighty. Exciting news in itself, but I hope one day we'll see The Rubberman and The Legend Testers back too. 


(All art in this article Copyright © Rebellion except for Batman ©DC Comics and the Hulk ©Marvel.)

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

This week in 1942: CHIPS No.2,693

There's nothing significant about this issue of Illustrated Chips but it's been a while since I posted an old cover (and "old" to me is anything pre-1959) so I thought I'd select this issue which would have been in shops exactly 77 years ago this week. At that time, Chips (and many other comics) were fortnightly due to wartime paper rationing, so although it carries the date of Nov.28th it would have been published two weeks earlier.

The cover strip Weary Willie and Tired Tim was, as ever, by Percy Cocking, who'd draw it until the comic ended in 1953.

I thought I'd show the Casey Court cartoon from the back cover too, as I know some of you like these busy images. Art by Albert Pease.
Comics of this vintage and older are always the least popular on this blog and receive less views than others. I know most fans are only interested in comics of their own nostalgia but from my point of view if you're interested in comic art it shouldn't matter what decade they're from! These comics appeared 17 years before I was born and I think they're great!


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Hurry! Here's your chance to support a brand new comic book

Artist/writer Rachael Smith has created several popular graphic novels such as House Party and Stand in your Power, and now her latest project is on Kickstarter. 

Entitled Flimsy's Mewsings it's a 40 page full colour softcover featuring Rachael's first character Flimsy in new strips about "life advice, thoughts, dreams, and wine". An uplifting book for all ages. 

There's only 14 days to go until the Kickstarter ends so if you think it'll appeal to you, give it your support so it can reach its target and be published, - and you get a free enamel pin with every pre-order :
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flimsykitten/flimsys-mewsings
One of my favourite comics creators of modern comics, Rachael Smith's books are always worth reading so I hope it'll hit its target. Here are a few sample pages from Flimsy's Mewsings... 



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Cor, Buster! A reminder that 2020 will be a SMASH-ing year for comic revivals!

Here's a reminder from Rebellion that they'll be bringing back a whole bunch of classic comic titles next year. From March to December there'll be several specials published reviving titles such as Smash!, Battle, and Buster! And you don't have to "Battle" to the shops to buy them if you prefer to subscribe to their Specials Bundle and save money! Here's the details...
https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/B0015

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Friday, November 15, 2019

New comic book launch at MCM ComicCon Birmingham this weekend


From the press release...

London, 13th November 2019: Behaviour change agency, 23red, today announces the redesign of its multi-award-winning film ‘Eighteen’, created in partnership with Network Rail to highlight the dangers of electrified railways. The film has been reworked into a 32-page comic book and will launch at ComicCon Birmingham 2019 to communicate the campaign’s lifesaving message to a younger audience. 

Views of the film - entitled ‘Eighteen’ because events take place around a central character’s 18th birthday - surpassed 5 million on YouTube this month.

To support safety events held by Network Rail in city centres, train stations and schools next year, 23red took inspiration from the comic book world to create something that would grab the attention of passers-by when placed in their hand.

Working with a dynamic creative team assembled by comic creator Steve Tanner of Time Bomb Comics - who is known for his Flintlock adventure series - the comic book version of ‘Eighteen’ follows the same storyline as the film whilst adding a fresh dimension to it by examining some scenes in more detail.

As well as drawing on his own experience with the comics medium, Steve Tanner has worked closely with writer Richmond A Clements, artist Gary Crutchley, colourist Matt Soffe and letterer Bolt-01, to produce a story that not just sits alongside the original movie but can be enjoyed as a comic in itself.

Stuart Humphreys, Senior Communications Manager for Network Rail, said: “Comic books and graphic novels are not only cool, which means people are more likely to accept and read one than a leaflet, but they use visual, spatial and textual cues to formulate one solid understanding of the story. So, as well as being entertaining, these books require more investment from the reader and are therefore more memorable.

We are delighted with the strategic support provided by 23red throughout this ongoing campaign, which enables it to continue reaching new audiences.”

Sean Kinmont, Creative Director and Co-Founder at 23red, added: “As an agency we are wholly supportive of work that drives behaviour change and is a force for good. This campaign does both and, we are very proud to say, has the potential to save lives. It was a pleasure to work with Network Rail and Steve Tanner on this project and we continue to passionately raise awareness on the issue of rail safety.”

The comic ‘Eighteen’ launches at Birmingham Comic-Con on 16th – 17th November. Print copies will be available free of charge at the show and at public safety events taking place from February 2020 along the electrified route of the Midland Main Line. For anyone unable to attend an event, a digital version will also be available early in the New Year.

Steve Tanner will be on site at Birmingham ComicCon to sign copies between 11:00am and 12:00pm on Saturday 16th November.




Credits:

Title/Project                                                       Eighteen
Agency                                                                 23red
Agency contact                                              Sadie Westwood
Agency contact job title                               Business Account Director
Writer                                                                   Richmond A. Clements
Copywriter                                                         Ali Omar
Art director                                                         Tom Mann          
Artist                                                                     Gary Crutchley
Editor & Creative Consultant                       Steve Tanner
Colourist                                                              Matt Soffe
Letterer                                                               Bolt-01
Producer                                                             Philippa Dunning
Creative Director                                              Tristan Cavanagh
Exposure (media channels)                          Comic



Coming up next week in JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE and 2000AD...

UK and DIGITAL: 20th November £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 11th December $13
DIAMOND: SEP191937
COVER: Dylan Teague
In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: FATHER'S DAY by Rory McConville (w)  Ian Richardson (a) Matt Soffe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
TALES OF THE BLACK MUSEUM: BIG MARLYN by Laura Bailey (w) Brian Corcoran (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
DIAMOND DOGS by James Peaty (w) Warren Pleece (a) Simon Bowland (l)
THE RETURNERS: CHANDU by Si Spencer (w) Nicolo Assirelli (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Simon Bowland (l)
ANDERSON, PSI-DIV: THE DEAD RUN by Maura McHugh (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Pippa Bowland (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Features: Interrogation: Steve MacManus; New Books: Red Mosquito, Gothic For Girls; Judge Dredd: The Crime Files game
Bagged reprint: Damnation Station Vol.1



UK and DIGITAL: 20th November 2019 £2.99
NORTH AMERICA: 30th December 2019 $25.19 (per pack)
DIAMOND: SEP191936
COVER: Nick Percival

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: THE HARVEST by Michael Carroll (w) Nick Percival (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
DEFOE: THE DIVISOR by Pat Mills (w) SK Moore (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
BRINK: HATE BOX by Dan Abnett (w) INJ Culbard (a) Simon Bowland (l)
THE FALL OF DEADWORLD: DOOMED by Kek-W (w) Dave Kendall (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
HOPE: UNDER FIRE by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

Available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPadAndroidWindows 10

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

The end of The Mighty World of Marvel

Sad news just in. Panini UK are ending their Mighty World of Marvel comic effective immediately. The final issue is out today. Here's how it was announced on Facebook this morning:

"Hi, Marvelites.
We’re sorry to report that this will be the last issue of Mighty World.
Thanks to everyone who supported the title. We’re sure it’ll be back someday!
In the meantime, why not check out one of the six other awesome Collectors’ Editions, packed full of mighty Marvel action!
Excelsior!"

The Mighty World of Marvel was Marvel UK's first comic in 1972 and had a long run as a weekly (and short run as a monthly) before being cancelled. It was revived by Panini UK several years ago, initially as a vehicle for Daredevil and Hulk reprints and then as a showcase title featuring various Marvel strips. 

The cancellation of its current run came suddenly, as the latest issue advertises the intended following issue which would have had a revamp featuring The Immortal Hulk and the Champions. 
The advert for the next issue that sadly will not appear now.
Unfortunately these are tough times for periodicals in a very competitive market and with production costs always rising.  Personally I don't think it's helped that various branches of WH Smith hide them behind the counter, claiming they get stolen if they're on display. Such a practice prevents any new readers discovering the comics and intimidates existing ones. 

Here's the PR for the final issue, in the shops now:

MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #22. On sale 14th November. £4.99.
76 pages of Marvel Universe adventure!
The final chapter of the epic ‘Infinity Wars’ saga is here! Heroes and villains unite to face Gamora... ...but she isn't going down without a fight! By Gerry Duggan & Mike Deodato Jr!
First printed in Infinity Wars #5-6

Below: The Mighty World of Marvel No.1 from 1972.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Happy VIZ-mas!

It must be November if the Christmas issue of Viz is on the stands. Yes, the king of the top-shelf has snow on its logo and seasonal goodwill in its heart from characters such as The Fat Slags, Eight Ace, The Real Ale Twats, Johnny Fartpants and more. PLUS their traditional pull-out calendar, which this time features art from past covers by the brilliant Simon Thorp. 

Simon also provides the cover for this issue too of course, and it's another "cracker", eh, chums? 

This issue will also be the 40th anniversary edition but I didn't notice any mention of the occasion. Well, congratulations to them anyway. Not many comics reach that landmark!

Contributors include Davey Jones, Tom Paterson, Paul Palmer, Simon Ecob, Alex Collier and many more. 

That's Viz No.291, 52 pages plus calendar for £3.70. Out now! 


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MARVEL: 80 Amazing Years

Just published by Panini UK is this 176 page bookazine celebrating the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics. This is the English language version of an international edition and the translation from Fabio Lacari's original Italian text seems a little stilted in places. However that may be due to it being written for all ages, as this is mainly a book for readers unfamiliar with Marvel's long history. 
Chapters take us through key points of 1939 up to the present day, and the bookazine is richly illustrated with plenty of artwork from each era. It reaches the 1980s halfway through the publication so it's evenly balanced chronologically. It's firmly focused on the history of Marvel USA though, so don't expect to see anything about Marvel UK beyond one measly sentence on page 110. Surprisingly the Marvel movies aren't covered either, or the games, but it makes a refreshing change that the text is solely about the comics and their creators rather than diverting off at a tangent. 
If you have a youngster (and these days I include anyone under 30) who's into Marvel then this would make an ideal Christmas stocking stuffer. Older readers may already know Marvel's history inside out but it's still worth it for hardcore collectors too. 
Marvel 80 Amazing Years - The True Story of a Pop Culture Phenomenon is out now in WH Smiths (and hopefully elsewhere) for £12.99. 

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Review: PSYCHO GRAN COMIC CAPERS CAVALCADE No.2

I've had this fine comic since July but I'm only just finding time to catch up with reviews I promised to do. Here we go then with the second issue of Psycho Gran Comic Capers Cavalcade, written and drawn by David Leach.

If you're already familiar with Psycho Gran you'll know what to expect. If not, expect the unexpected. Psycho Gran started out in Oink! comic over 30 years ago, but as David Leach owns the rights he's able to bring her back in all new stories. Well, not entirely all-new, as the strips in this issue originally appeared in the digital comic Aces Weekly a few years ago but this is the first time they've appeared in a physical print form.
As Aces Weekly is a landscape format comic, it threw up a bit of a problem for transferring to print. Should it be a landscape comic? David decided otherwise, and he's come up with Widescreen PsychoVision, which means that when you open the A4 comic you rotate it 90 degrees to read the stories. This is great for two reasons; firstly you get you see David's detailed art in a nice big size, and secondly it's a bit like reading the A3 size Topper or Beezer comics of old.
They're all short stories, with none lasting more than six pages, but are well told examples of how to do snappy comedy-horror tales. The quality of the printing is superb too, with rich colours and sharp reproduction. In comics tradition there's even a pull-out double-sided poster, although putting it on your bedroom wall might bring you nightmares. 

The thing that impresses me the most though is how much David Leach has progressed as an artist since those days on Oink! Like most of us on that comic back then, he was just starting out and finding his style. Now it's well established and he has a good understanding of his craft. 

Psycho Gran Comic Capers Cavalcade No.2 has 36 full colour A4 pages for £5 plus postage. To buy a copy, contact the Psycho Gran Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/PsychoGran/

...or the publisher's Facebook page, Dead Universe Comics:
https://www.facebook.com/DeadUniverse/

...or if you're in the neighbourhood, visit the Dead Universe Comics shop at 5 Bourbon Street, Friars Square Shopping Centre, HP20 2PZ Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.






INFINITY No.23 out this week

There'll be a new issue of Infinity in the shops this Thursday. If you haven't seen this magazine it's worth seeking out for fans of cult tv, movies, toys, and comics! Last month's issue had an article on Krazy comic and the latest one will feature Look and Learn

It's a great magazine for just £3.99 and you'll find it in W.H. Smiths or you can buy it directly from the publisher at http://infinitymagazine.co.uk/shop/



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

This week's COMMANDO comics...

Cover previews and synopsis of the four issues of Commando heading to shops this week!

5279: Home of Heroes: A Boy Goes To War

In World War One “as many as 250,000 boys under the age of 18 served in the British Army…” according to the BBC. This Commando is inspired by them as the hero, Tom Cowrie, illegally signs on to do his part. Spurred on by his brother’s heroic letters, Tom runs away from home only to find out that the war is nothing like his brother had described, and in the harsh reality of the trenches he was just a boy who went to war.

| Story | Iain McLaughlin | Art | Manuel Benet | Cover | Manuel Benet |


5280: Gold Collection: The Savage Sky 

A stunning aerial Ian Kennedy cover sits atop this classic Commando issue from 1973! With amazing artwork by Mira depicting the Commando staple tropes of a reluctant hero and a pilot attached to a bomber squadron when he’d rather be flying fighters. In this case, Pilot Officer Andy Seymour is booted off Hurricanes and onto a mammoth Boeing Fortress – but Seymour will soon learn the flying beasts are equally as dangerous in the sky!

| Story | Staff | Art | Mira | Cover | Ian Kennedy |
Originally Commando No. 772 (1973).


5281: Action and Adventure: On Your Bikes!

Ferg Handley tackles comedy in this World War One story. The Army Cyclist Corps wasn’t Lieutenant Arthur ‘Gormless’ Gormley’s first choice to join, but he was determined to do his bit — even if he did fall off his bike again and again. He had originally wanted to join the cavalry but that’s a different story! 

| Story | Ferg Handley | Art | Morhain & Defeo | Cover | Ian Kennedy |


5282: Silver Collection: The Paras Are Here!

Phil Gascoine’s fiery cover for ‘The Paras Are Here!’ is very emblematic of McDevitt’s tumultuous plot within, which focuses on two sergeants before D-Day who lay the groundwork for the invasion. Sergeant Joe Cougan is already stressed, but when the young, clumsy PIAT gunner, Private Andy Bruce, is around Joe’s stress levels go through the roof! And it’s only made worse when his rival Sergeant Sam Gleeson, tells him to cut the kid a break!

| Story | McDevitt | Art | Keith Shone | Cover | Phil Gascoine |
Originally Commando No. 2544 (1992).



Preview: KEN REID'S WORLD WIDE WEIRDIES



 
In just two week's time, Rebellion will publish their latest Ken Reid collection, and it's a real winner! World Wide Weirdies collects the first two years of full page illustrations that Ken drew for Shiver and Shake and Whoopee! back in the mid-1970s, and they're all reproduced in full colour as in the original comics. 

The "weirdies" were mostly from ideas sent in by the readers and it's clear that Ken must have relished drawing them. These detailed, comic-horror images are easily on a par with his 1960s work for Odhams. In other words, some of the best work of his career! You owe it to yourselves to treat yourselves for Christmas or ask someone to buy you this book as a present. It deserves a place on the bookshelves of everyone who enjoys great artwork! 

Hopefully Rebellion will bring us more Ken Reid classics in the years to come. There's still quite a lot to choose from; Sub and the other football strips from Scorcher, Banger and Masher from Valiant, Tom Horror's World from Whoopee! and of course more Faceache from Buster! (Personally I think Banger and Masher is a good one but it doesn't seem to be a strip that most people remember.) 

Plus it would be great if D.C. Thomson would publish a Jonah collection! 

Anyway, enough waffle from me. Here's the Press Release from Rebellion, along with a few sample pages I'm able to show you...

CREATIVE TEAM: Ken Reid
RELEASE DATE: 28 November 2019
HARDCOVER, 112 pages
PRICE: £19.99 (UK) $24.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781781086926
DIAMOND: SEP191942

Glorious grotesques from around the globe! Beautiful and bizarre illustration collection from the legendary British cartoonist (ir)responsible for Faceache released to coincide with the holidays! World Wide Weirdies collects the almost weekly run of Reid's beautifully bizarre illustrations from IPC's Whoopee! and Shiver and Shake. Usually displayed in color on the back cover, they are among the most striking images to have appeared in British comics!
Available in print from: book stores, Amazon, and UK comic book stores via Diamond.


Available in digital from: Treasury of British Comics webshop & apps for iPadAndroid and Windows 10




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