Prepare yourself for a shock, comic fans: We are now further away from the last issue of Battle Picture Weekly than its first issue was from the end of World War II. Battle, to use its street name, is arguably one of the most important and influential British comics of all time. Of course, that's … Continue reading Branding: Battle Picture Weekly
Hanna-Barbera's Fun Time Publisher: Williams First issue: 1 November 1972 Last issue: 30 June 1973 Issues: 25 Relaunch of: Yogi and his Toy Just about anyone who grew up in the western world in the 1970s (and who has access to a TV set, which wasn't all of us, to be honest) will almost certainly … Continue reading Pocket-Money Comics: Hanna-Barbera’s Fun Time
Hello there (or indeed anywhere) Rusty Staples fans! Can you believe that it's been a whole year already since this blog was launched? Amazing! And what a year's it's been: absolutely packed from beginning to end with days, weeks and even months -- who says I don't give you value for money? It all began … Continue reading Rusty Staples: Year One
One of my all-time favourite comic characters, Mike Mignola's Hellboy, has only been around for twenty-five years old. He's such an iconic and influential character that to me it feels like he's been part of the comics scene for much longer than that. He first appeared in the four-part series "Seed of Destruction," published by … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Hellboy!
The home of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and countless other great characters and stories is now forty-two years old -- and it's just as good as ever!
The 1995 Judge Dredd movie -- the one starring Sylvester Stallone -- is generally not highly regarded among Judge Dredd fans. While there are some who do really like it, they're outnumbered by those who dismiss it, or even despise it. And there are those who see it more as a misfire than anything else. … Continue reading Noncomics: Judge Dredd Beginners’ Books
A few weeks ago we looked at the Mighty World of Marvel and Spider-Man Comics Weekly family trees, so here's a timeline of the remaining Marvel UK comics of the 70s and 80s. Why only the 70s & 80s? Why, that's simple! Beyond the 80s it's a scary nightmarish quagmire, that's why. Marvel UK was … Continue reading Marvel UK 70s & 80s Leftovers Timeline