Noncomics: Marvel Chillers – The Frightful Four

When the Fantastic Four's creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were on top form -- specifically around the middle of their 102-issue run as a team -- the comic truly was spectacular stuff, with scenes and storylines that have rarely been surpassed since. Not that the rest of their time together was ever less than … Continue reading Noncomics: Marvel Chillers – The Frightful Four

Star Wars in 2000AD, part 2

Due to the huge moderate success of the first part of this series -- in which I explored the appearances of Star Wars-related material in the legendary British science fiction anthology comic 2000AD -- I decided that I would, after all, finish compiling my carefully-researched and luckily-stumbled-upon material into a second, and probably final, part. … Continue reading Star Wars in 2000AD, part 2

Noncomics: KP Outer Spacers Free Space Posters

In the late 1970s, uncoincidentally around the time Star Wars was released and gave science fiction a massive boost in popularity, KP Snacks released Outer Spacers. Subtitled "Crispy Corn Snacks for Cosmonauts" these were cheap but tasty fried snacks -- sort of a sci-fi version of the more famous Monster Munch -- available in a … Continue reading Noncomics: KP Outer Spacers Free Space Posters

Noncomics: Making Superman’s Shield

For a change, today's article isn't about something created by someone else... this is a vanity project! (In stark contrast to the pure altruism that drips from every other article on this blog...) If you're a regular reader of this blog you'll likely be aware of my interest in logos and symbols, particularly when it … Continue reading Noncomics: Making Superman’s Shield

Branding: Spider-Man Comics Weekly

In the first part of this highly-acclaimed-by-me series, we looked at how the Doctor Who Weekly comic evolved into the Doctor Who Magazine magazine. This time, it's the turn of another staple of the Marvel UK publishing group, Spider-Man Comics Weekly. A spin-off from The Mighty World of Marvel -- launched four months earlier --┬áSpider-Man … Continue reading Branding: Spider-Man Comics Weekly