Welcome back, folks, to the regular feature I like to think of as "The One That Seemed Like a Great Idea Until I Realised How Much Work it Would be for So Little Reward." (Did you know I don't even get paid to do this? In fact, just so that you don't have to wade … Continue reading Hatch, Match & Dispatch – April 2020
IPC's Thunder started strong and finished strong, albeit rather abruptly and far too quickly. A couple of minor exceptions aside, its initial line-up of strips remained constant throughout its twenty-two-issue run. Thunder was launched in Autumn 1970 (the cover-date of issue #1 is 17 October), and it maintained the same price right through to the … Continue reading Enfari’s Syndrome: Thunder
BBC2's excellent Back in Time for the Corner Shop is a show that sends a modern family "back in time" to run an old-fashioned corner shop, with all the restrictions and rules commensurate to the era, including having to deal with imperial measurement, food-shortages, ration books, pre-decimal currency, etc. It's an extremely engaging show, chiefly … Continue reading Comics on TV: Back in Time for the Corner Shop
My first proper taste of comic-book fandom -- other than the atrocious comics I drew for myself -- came from Marvel with the December 1974 issue of their in-house fanzine Foom. Foom is an acronym for "Friends of Ol' Marvel" because, well, of course it is. Stan Lee, right? It was a quarterly publication that … Continue reading In-Shallow Profile: Foom #8
In the early 1980s the Powers That Be in IPC decided to test the water with a "lifestyle" magazine aimed at boys in their early-to-mid teens. There was already one-and-a-half plethoras of mags for girls in that age-range, and some of them were selling very well indeed, but there was nothing comparable for boys. So … Continue reading In-Shallow Profile: Look Alive magazine
Due to concerns regarding the Covid-19 coronavirus, I'm sad to announce that RustyCon 2020 has been cancelled. Refunds will NOT be provided, although as a gesture of good will, dealers and attendees who have pre-paid will be eligible for a 10% discount on RustyCon 2021!
When I was younger (which doesn't narrow things down much: until now I've always been younger) I used to draw -- or rather colour -- Superman's boots with a yellow stripe around the top, the same yellow as his belt and the blobs on his chest's S-symbol. The angle of the top of the boots … Continue reading Oddities: Superman’s Boots
From "The Curious Case of the Crime-Less Clues", Detective Comics #364, June 1967 Script: Gardner Fox Pencils: Sheldon Moldoff (signed as Bob Kane) Inks: Joe Giella Colours: uncredited Letters: Gaspar Saladino Batman and Robin investigate a series of riddle-based clues... but the Riddler has already been apprehended. It's not a great story, let's be honest, … Continue reading On this Day… March 4th